Announcing the launch of the new Tata Xenon Yodha, Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, said, “With the introduction of the new Tata Xenon Yodha, we at Tata Motors have a new range of smart pick-ups, which offers customers with a winning combination of high profitability and lowest total cost of ownership. The new Xenon Yodha is an ideal work horse for diverse commercial usage and with this new range, we are confident of extending our lead in the light commercial vehicle category, complementing the success and popularity of the Tata Ace range of small commercial vehicles.”
Lets have a look at the various features of the newTata Xenon Yodha pickup truck.
EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;
The striking design of the new Tata Xenon Yodha makes the enhanced performance of the vehicle noticeable at first glance. A perfect blend of practicality and performance, the Tata Xenon Yodha has an imposing stance, with its aggressive and contemporary SUV-like appearance. The look is further enhanced with aggressive body coloured bumpers and a clean body line.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;
The Tata Xenon Yodha also offers improved comfort and safety features. The cabin comes with high-intensity lights and complete carpet flooring for better aesthetics along with with a power steering and an adjustable steering column for comfort while driving. The Tata Xenon Yodha also comes with a high load body with an internal length of 2550 mm and width of 1750 mm. safety features include antiroll bars for better stability in loaded conditions at high speeds & loaded off road conditions, 3-layered body construction, crumple zones, a collapsible steering column, retractable seatbelts and side intrusion beams, will protect passengers in the event of a side impact collision.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;
The Xenon Yodha has a ground clearance of 210 mm. Powered by a 3.0-litre engine, the Xenon Yodha develops 53.7 kW (72hp) in BS-III and 63.4 kW (85hp) in BS-IV form. It also delivers a high torque of 223Nm in BS-III and 250 Nm in the BS-IV guise. For better mileage, the pick-up has a reliable and rugged gearbox, for a flat curve at 1,600-2,200rpm which enables better pick up in loaded conditions and fewer gear shifts.
One of the key highlights of the new vehicle is high gradeability, which enables the vehicle to negotiate any type of terrain in loaded conditions, supported by bigger 16-inch tyres. The durable body is supported by a 4mm chassis frame, with reinforcements and a strong rear axle with unitised double bearing. The additional strong suspension – 5 leaves at the front and 9 leaves at the rear – ensures better safety in loaded conditions and at high speeds. Driver comfort and ergonomics are claimed to be of a high standard. Other highlights include a power steering and an adjustable steering column. The interior has specially designed utility spaces, which are ideal for a convenient driving style. The vehicle is fitted with antiroll bars for better stability in loaded conditions at high speeds and loaded off road conditions. Other safety features like the unique three-layered body construction, crumple zones, a collapsible steering column, retractable seatbelts and side intrusion beams, will protect passengers in the event of a side impact collision.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
An unladen rear end (the rear suspension has been designed to carry huge load), lots of torque and a tall body make for interesting dynamics for the Xenon. The steering offers a fair amount of feel and there is decent communication from the front end. The comparatively skinny tyres give you ample warning too, and you can feel the Xenon begin to slide in a controllable manner. Load up the rear with around 200kg and the ride settles down remarkably.The choppiness in the rear subsides and that pogo effect, especially when you hit a speedbreaker or a sharp pothole, is less severe. On tarmac, the Xenon is very composed and easily manageable too. Off-road though, it isn’t as convincing. While the Xenon’s alloy chin protector for the intercooler looks good, sitting low down it’s quite vulnerable. Besides, the relative soft front has the nose diving agonisingly onto its bump stops. To select four-wheel drive, you need to operate the rather fiddly roller switch that is located behind the steering wheel, on the dashboard. The Xenon has a limited-slip differential though and in slippery conditions this will definitely be to its advantage, although it wasn’t really put to the test on the arid, rocky terrain we took it over.
SAFETY FEATURES ;
The Xenon Yoddha gets antiroll bars, a unique 3-layered body construction, crumple zones, collapsible steering column, retractable seatbelts and side intrusion beams. Unfortunately the pickup truck still does not get any airbags for the passengers.
The new truck gets a LFL propeller shaft which actually does not need greasing which is actually cost effective The service interval too has been extended to 20,000 km & also higher oil change intervals. While Tata Motors also promises that the drivetrain also is rugged and reliable. The new vehicle is also offered with a first-in-segment customized AMC package of 3 years / 1 lakh kms (whichever is earlier). It also gets best-in-industry assured Warranty of 3 years or 3,00,000 km (whichever is earlier).