The Tata Xenon 3.0 is a bakkie manufactured by an Indian based firm Tata Motors, which firm was established in the year 1945 and the company first produced its first locomotive in 1954 in partnership with Daimler-Benz AG; which partnership ended in 1969. Tata is also rated India’s largest automobile company and has been is a leading player in the manufacture of commercial vehicles and it stands among the top three automobile makers of passenger vehicles. Tata is placed as the world’s 4th largest truck manufacturer.
Tata South Africa provides three models of the Tata Xenon 3.0 model lineup, which are the 4x2 Diesel, 4x4 diesel and the Fleetline models. The three models run on a 3.0 liter engine which is capable of a maximum power of 84.5 kW at 3000 rpm and a maximum torque of 300 Nm between 1800 and 2000 rpm. The Xenon 3.0 makes use of the electronic controlled pump fuel supply. The 4x2 and 4x4 models both come with the engine management system and engine oil sump guard. The three models also engage 5 forward gears and 1 reverse gear. Also featured across the three models is the limited slip differential. The Xenon 3.0 comes with a Gross Vehicle Weight of 2950kg and payload of 980kg for the 4x2 diesel, while the 4x4 diesel model records a payload of 890kg. The [unbraked trailer] legal towing capacity of the Xenon 3.0 is 750kg while the towing capacity with trailer on overrun brake is 1800kg for the 4x2 diesel and 2000 for the Fleetline and 4x4 diesel. The ground clearance of the Xenon 3.0 is 200mm, while the wheelbase of the 4x2 and 4x4 models is 3150mm and the Fleetline measures a wheelbase of 2825mm.
The front suspension of the Xenon 3.0 is defined by the torsion bar for the 4x2 and 4x4 models, while the Fleetline takes on the parabolic leaf springs, same as the rear suspension of all the three models. The rear braking system of the Xenon 3.0 features drums while the service type is vacuum assisted hydraulic. The vehicle makes use of 16 inch wheel and tyre size across the three models. The interior of the Xenon 4x4 and 4x2 models offers the most exquisite comfort and luxury which can be defined by a cross spectrum of the standard features on the models. The interior features the aircon, and the power steering on the two models and the Fleetline. The leather trim is offered as an optional feature on the two base models. Other notable standard features on the base two 4x4 and 4x2 models are the centre console storage provision, the lockable glove box, full cloth seat covering and carpet on the floor. The two models afore also offer the distinction of the tilt steering column and front gearshift console with 2 cup holders.
Entertainment in the car is offered from the radio CD player and MP3 function on the 4x4 and 4x2 models. Speakers are offered on the front doors and on the rear doors, together with a roof mounted bee sting antenna. The Xenon 3.0 is stylish and speaks of an adventurous vehicle which takes on such external definition as the stylish 16 inch alloy wheels, cab protector and raised body. The Fleetline also takes on after the 4x4 and 4x2 models by engaging the raised body style. The two models afore also feature the front fog lamps, integrated rear fog lamps and mudguards in the front and rear. Other unique external features include the body colored door handles and door handles. Optional features are the metallic paint, nudge bar and rear roll bar.
Vehicle safety and security is also provided in sound proportions. The vehicle embraces the collapsible steering column on 4x4 and 4x2 models; remote activated central locking, front crumple zones and side intrusion beams on all three models. Other notable safety features are the adjustable head restraints and rear demister with timer. The Tata Xenon 3.0 comes with a warranty of 3 years/ 100,000km, a service plan of 5 years/ 90,000km, a Roadside assistance of 3 years/ unlimited mileage and an anti-corrosion of 3 years.