With a modish design and cabin resembling that of a passenger car, Tata Xenon XT is a new-fangled pick-up truck offering plethora of comfort features ranging from music player to power windows to keyless entry etc. Power is drawn by a 2.2 litre, DOHC VTT DICOR diesel engine putting out 138bhp and 320Nm. The UV is available with a choice of two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive system.Touted as a life-style off-roader, Xenon XT is a contemporarily styled pick-up truck available in two and four wheel drive variants priced at Rs 9.95 lakh and Rs 10.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively. Styled in line with the modern-day pick-up trucks, Xenon XT is a potent utility vehicle mimicking features and looks of that of a rugged passenger vehicle. Under the skin is a 2.2 litre, DOHC VTT, DICOR engine churning out 138bhp and 320Nm. Inside the cabin the vehicle gets an array of comfort features including HVAC with pollen filter, power steering, music system with radio, CD player & USB, power windows in front & rear with driver and co-driver express down features, keyless entry and central locking, heated outer rear view mirror, 12V power point, power adjusting ORVMs and adjustable lumbar support seats among various others. While airbags are missing from the UV, it gets ABS with EBD along with ventilated disc brakes in front and drum units at rear. Check On Road Price of Tata Xenon XT in Carzprice
The first thing you realise when you look at the Xenon XT is that it really is a gorgeous machine. With its flared wheel arches and the whole body jacked up to a massive ground clearance of 200mm, it exudes a sense of ruggedness that few other cars in India can – a sense that this thing could go to hell and back and still have a smile on its face. A solid looking bash plate at the front further accentuates that strong hunkered down look. Still, there is nothing rural in the Xenon’s aesthetics. Clear lens headlamps, a smooth design on the sides which flows into pick-up bed area, mirrors with integrated indicators – it probably looks more at home in the urban jungle rather than the wooded one. What you also get in the form of optional accessories is a very slick looking roll bar situated right behind the cab as well as a plethora of lights mounted on the front bull bar or even the roof, but more on that later.
Once you’ve taken in the sights, the second thing that really strikes you is just how long the car actually is. With an overall length of 5,125 mm it’s even longer than an Audi Q7, and that really is no mean feat. But surprisingly, at 1,860 mm it isn’t too wide, which means driving it on most of our narrow roads isn’t a harrowing experience – unless of course, if you want to turn into narrow lanes or gates. If we really had to nitpick about the way this car looks, and picking nits is something that’s a given in our profession, then we’d say that the 235/70 tyres shod on those 16-inch wheels look a bit weedy given the dimensions of the body and those large flared wheel arches look empty! The visual appeal of such a butch vehicle has to transcend across every aspect and I feel that on this count the engineers and the stylists have to work together, no doubt about that. That being said, this is also an issue that can be very easily remedied.
The inside of the compartment is very effectively designed in order to accommodate five occupants with great comfort. The seats that are fitted into the cabin are very cushiony and trendy to look at as well. These seats have adjustable lumbar support facility to them that is a great benefit to all the occupants. There is a steering wheel which is wrapped up in leather. The central console is furnished with faux wood material. This gives a touch of an antiquity to the cabin. The instrument cluster has a graphic display functionality to it. The floor carpet in the compartment is of dark beige tone and gives a stylish effect all over. A lot of storage spaces too are provided inside for the sake of handy stuff. A cigarette lighter and an ashtray offered in the cabin for the sake of preference users. On the floor console, there is a 12V power outlet that is available. This can be utilized in order to charge any small electronic devices. Along with a tachometer and a tripmeter, there is an analog clock that is fixed in the instrument cluster which is trendy looking. This instrument panel has a facility to adjust the light intensity of it. The second row seats can be completely foldable. There is a roof lamp as well as a map lamp for the convenience of the driver. The front windscreen has a sunshade band to it in-order to reduce the intensity of the heat and light that penetrates inside. There are seatbelts fitted and the front belts are height adjustable. There is a sun visor that is fitted on the driver side of the screen.
There are a lot of features incorporated into the cabin of this model series that serve as a comfort factor. For the sake of entertainment, there is a music system integrated that has a radio tuner, a CD player and a USB port as well. To regulate the temperature of the cabin, an air-conditioning unit is fitted, which has a heater facility too to it. Furthermore, there is a pollen filter that is available to this unit. The driver’s effort is reduced to a greater extent by offering power steering function. Furthermore, the steering is tilt adjustable for better convenience. Both the front as well as the rear doors are integrated with power windows which have a one touch down switch on the driver and co-driver side. The rear windscreen has a defogger integrated to it. Instead of the conventional access, this vehicle is bestowed with a keyless entry and along with it, thee is a central locking system too that is made available for extra comfort. There are cup holders in the central console and along with it there are bottle holders plus magazine pockets in the door trims. The outside rear view mirrors can be heated and this helps in clearing the view in the mornings and also in the misty climate. These mirrors can be electronically adjustable from the comfort of the cabin itself. The fuel lid too can be remote controlled. The ignition keyhole and the window switches have an illumination that helps in clear visibility in the dark as well as a generates a lighting effect inside the cabin as a decorative aspect.
The entire performance of a vehicle is based on the proficiency of its motor’s capacity. Especially, when it is in case of an off-roading vehicle, the buyers expect a far more promising equipment. This model series is integrated with a 2.2-litre Dicor diesel engine which has a displacement capacity of around 2179cc. This is incorporated with four cylinders and sixteen valves, which are based on a dual overhead camshaft valve system, which is associated with a variable turbine technology. It is run by a common rail direct injection fuel supply system, which enables this vehicle to squeeze out a decent mileage of 13.49 Kmpl on the highways and settles down at 10.24 Kmpl under city conditions. This engine has a capability to produce a maximum power of about 138.08bhp. Its efficiency in generating a peak torque output of 320Nm at the range of about 1750 to 2700rpm. This vehicle is incorporated with a five-speed manual transmission gearbox.
This model series is incorporated with a diesel engine that is associated with a common rail direct injection fuel supply system. This allows this motor to deliver a mileage of about 10.24 Kmpl in the cities and around 13.49 Kmpl on freeways.This vehicle is offered with equipment that helps in delivering a great amount of power and therefore make this series an efficient one to rely upon while riding off the roads. This has dual overhead camshaft valve train system within which there are four cylinders and sixteen valves. It has a capacity in producing a power output of 138.08bhp and can generate a peak torque of 320NM at 1750 to 2700rpm range.
DRIVING DYNAMICS ;
It is equipped with vacuum assisted independent hydraulic brakes. The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes with twin pot caliper. On the other hand, the rear wheels are fixed with drum brakes which are auto adjusting type. When it comes to the suspension, an independent double wishbone is integrated to the front axle, whereas, the rear axle is accompanied by parabolic leaf springs. The braking mechanism efficiency is much more improved by equipping an anti-lock braking system which is further accompanied by an electronic brake-force distribution. This will provide the vehicle with firmer grip over all kinds of roads and also offers the driver to have better control over the drive.
BRAKING AND SAGETY ;
The car comes with vacuum supported independent hydraulic braking system. The front wheels of the car have aired disc brake system with identical pot calliper, and the back wheel of the car comes with type drum brake system that are auto adjustable. It also has an anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force circulation, which adds to the braking capability of the car.The car offers a lot of safety measures for its users which includes Airbags system EBD, Child Seats Port, Door intrusion Beam that provides stability to the car during any collision, Driver Seat Belt Warning system and tubeless tyres.One immobilizer is fitted in the car that adds to the theft security if the car. It also has anti-lock braking scheme and electronics brakes. Several of the other features like low fuel indicator, easily adjustable headlamps and disc brakes.
Tata Xenon is not an everyday utility vehicle simply because of its size. Interior space especially for the rear passengers is less and the gearbox isn’t the best around. The DICOR engine however is good to use with a good torque spread and the styling is another of the Xenon’s strengths. The Xenon is a good buy provided you use it outside of urban surroundings. It’s off road capabilities are genuinely good but all of this doesn’t come cheap.Autocar: “Engage first gear on the extremely rubbery gear shift and you have to be careful not to stall the motor. This engine demads a few revs on the dial before it will get the Xenon moving. This is especially true on hill starts. Once past 1500rpm, the DICOR engine gets into its stride. Its noisy and peppy but there’s a nice surge as the needle approaches 2000rpm and all the way to 3500rpm where the power finally fades out.”