Tata Xenon XT 4x4 ~ Greatest Vehicles

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Tata Xenon XT 4x4

The Tata pick-up is well styled. The clean lines penned by the Concept Group give it a mature and modern look. The Xenon is a lifestyle offroader targetted at the weekend warrior adventure crowd.The upswept window line in the rear doors is a neat stylistic touch. Under the skin, the Xenon comes with with front torsion bar suspension, rear leafs and 4WD, with a ‘shift-on-the-fly’ operation. The Xenon also gets a limited slip differential, and alloy wheels as standard.
It looks similar to the Sumo Grande from the front and those bulging wheel archwes give it a lot of presence. At the rear the tailgate also get an embosed 'Tata' Logo.ased on a thoroughly revised tata pick up truck TL chassis, the Xenon is a whopper - longer than a Q7 and wider than a BMW X5.This is an extended cab version with four doors and the load bay is designer to carry 500kg, but 'officially' only  220kgs.
The Xenon has a body on a ladder frame chassis, a live axle at the rear, load-lugging leaf springs and a proper set of low range gear ratios. This is a proper pick-up, the way the Americans know it.
Jump into the rear seat of this pick up and the lack of room comes as a bit of a shock. You really do expect a lot more space and comfort, given the dimensions. The Xenon’s rear seat backrest is too upright, which is tiring on long hauls, but what compensates to a certain degree is the Tata’s comfortable ride. The Xenon’s loading bed is designed to be aesthetic rather than purely functional. It has a range of accessories, like the thick plastic cladding which gives it a more upmarket feel. 

Performance and Economy

The Xenon’s 2.2-litre DiCOR motor is light and powerful. The top end performance of the motor makes it ideal for highway duty. The Xenon gets the 140bhp engine from the Safari. With the same power as the Safari and 320kg less to lug around, the Xenon 4X4 has a real spring in its step.
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 appsroaches 2000rpm and all the way to 3500rpm where the power finally fades out.
The Xenon’s tall gearing means gear changes are more frequent, especially in town and that’s not good. Also, the Xenon’s shift quality is poor and the gear lever, devoid of precision, feels like it is connected to a pot of glue.
On the road its best to keep the big and gruff engine relaxed. In our city cycle the Xenon returned 9.2 kpl and on the highway it returned 12.9 kpl. 


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