Tata Xenon Review
Tata Xenon, a pickup for a grab possessing qualities of a sedan is offered with five different shades including Arctic White, Mineral Red, Arctic Silver, Arizona Blue and Quartz Black in the Philippine market. With the capacity of accommodating utmost five passengers including driver, this pickup from Indian automaker's arsenal is dynamic and strong in every aspect. No matter how the terrain is, no matter how harsh the weather conditions are, Xenon is built to bear every brutal storm that comes its way. It has already proved its worth in India and now it’s time for the Filipinos to witness the exotic behavior of the same.
Engine, Mileage, Variants
Considering a pickup, this is the most valuable and important aspect an auto geek needs to have a look at. Yes, we are talking about the power-packed inside the bonnet. Powering the Xenon pickup is the Tata’s 2.2-litre diesel engine that is potent to pump out a max power output of 150 PS at 4000 rpm alongside a peak torque of 320 Nm between 1500-3000 rpm. The Xenon XT is available for grab in the Philippines auto market in two drive systems, 4x2 and 4x4. Commenting on the fuel economy of the pickup, it is good enough to run 11-12 km on every litre of fuel poured inside it, which is impressive taking into account other market players in the segment.
With the aim to attract off-roading enthusiasts, the pickup is designed in such a way that it imparts a sturdy, rugged and aggressive image from the outset. Upfront, it has a wide profile that accounts for the three slats on the front grille that are painted with chrome. The auto leveling headlamps are perfectly placed on either sides of the front grille that further contribute to the wide and bold stance of the vehicle. While lower down the bumper you’ll find the illuminated fog lamps that are meant to aid the driver in the harsh weather conditions. The hood is well-contoured with character lines and electronically operated ORVMs with turn signals, which gives it a modern and stylish look.
The cabin is designed encompassing sufficient space to accommodate five without any fuss. Although, the interior isn’t appealing or plush but certainly fulfills the needs of the owner. Appropriate storage spaces have been incorporated inside the cabin, which allow the passengers a handy option on long journeys. The power steering integrated in the vehicle comes with a tiltable option that allows driver to adjust it according to his comfort. In addition to this, there are features like central locking, remote keyless entry and electric windows that makes life further easier for the driver.
Safety, Braking, Miscellaneous
In terms of safety and security, the brand has bestowed the pickup with features like Dual airbags, immobilizer and Anti-lock Braking System as it was one of the important aspects while designing the vehicle. The 235/70 R16 tubeless tyres allow the journey to go smooth without any hassle on varied terrains.
With a wheelbase of 3150 mm and towing capacity of 1800 Kg (4x2), 2200 Kg (4x4), the pickup is good enough to offer stiff competition to the pickups currently prevailing in the market especially at a price it is currently on offer. However, the Tata tag and lack of features inside the cabin could land you on a different note as options available for the users are gross in the category with the big names like Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi and more doing well.