Making its debut at the Bologna Motor Show in 2006, the Tata Xenon is one of the flagship models of pickup trucks by the Indian Automobile giants. It shares the same platform as the Sumo Grande SUV, intended for use in the Indian market. Hence the Xenon despite of being a regular pickup, carries the looks of a luxury segment vehicle and underpins a powerful engine that outmatches its competitors. The apart from delivering astonishing amount of power, the engine is also one of the best specimen when it comes to fuel economy in a commercial motor vehicle. The Xenon is also offered in various regions with a luxurious off-road makeover and 5-seater capacity as the Xenon XT. However, Tata motors certainly doesn’t trust the shrinking Indonesian automotive market to release the XT model and has chosen to focus on the commercial segment instead.
The engine offered with the Tata Xenon has been claimed by the manufacturers to be the biggest size offered in the given segment, making it the most powerful pickup truck in the Indonesian market. It is powered by a 3.0-litre Turbocharged Diesel Engine that provides it a peak power of nearly 73 bhp @ 3000 RPM and a torque of 223 Nm @ 1600-2200 RPM. The huge power output makes the Xenon an efficient pickup vehicle capable of carrying far heavier items than any other pickup in the segment. Being turbocharged, the engine’s capacity has been maximised beyond its regular threshold and the computer controlled direct injection technology provides it with a brilliant fuel economy. It can reach top speeds upto 120 kmph and a 3-year warranty.
Despite of being a commercial pickup, the Xenon exteriors borrow the looks of a luxury vehicle and offer the largest dimensions in its class. The vehicle’s overall length is measured at 5361 mm and a width of 1860 mm that results in a decent amount of interior space for the occupants and a massive carrying capacity. With a height of 1785 mm, the Xenon is also pretty convenient when loading/unloading the vehicle. Talking about the external styling, Xenon’s most striking feature is its SUV-type face with bright chrome accented headlamps that are powered by LED technology. Between the simplistic yet masculine headlamps is placed a standard looking grille with the TATA motors emblem in the middle. The wheel arches are also widened similar to a luxury SUV with matte-black colored foglamp housing.
One shouldn’t expect a lot of interior comfort when talking about the vehicle segment that the Xenon is placed in. Nevertheless, the manufacturers have provided the commercial pickup truck with Interiors that would put several entry level luxury vehicles to shame. Presented in a subtle dark grey dashboard with black accents for door handles and window handles, the Xenon is also blessed with a powerful AC unit that cools the cabin within minutes. The audio unit is however, missing from the vehicle’s standard feature list, but that is not a major problem in this segment as the vehicle is bought for its carrying capacity than the comfort. It also features a highly advanced 2-stage elliptical leaf suspension that gives it a comfortable ride weather the truck is loaded or not. The bucket seats with adjustable steering are also some interesting comfort features that makes the Xenon much more than a conventional commercial pickup.
On the safety front, the vehicle has been designed with a highly robust 3-layered structure with specially placed crumple zones that distribute the force of impact minimizing the risk of injuries. The front braking is facilitated by disc brakes while the rear has been fitted with two independent, vacuum-assisted hydraulic drum brakes that do a brilliant job of bringing the vehicle to a standstill within seconds.
The Tata Xenon pickup is a perfect example of how the Indian automobile giants have ruled the commercial vehicle segment across the globe. It is a total value for its price and offers the best drivetrain with the best dimensions and comfort and stands way above its competitors in all aspects.