Indian manufacturing giant, Tata, has introduced its latest bakkie challenger, the Xenon double-cab, to the local market.
Intended to showcase contemporary Tata technology and refinement, whilst ensuring the Indian company's economy of scale advantage translates into highly competitive pricing, Xenon is available in two models, a 4x2 and 4x4.
Neatly styled and feature laden
With cleaner, more flowing front styling, the Xenon marks a definite departure from its predecessors, although the flat-slap rear styling is accentuated by undersized rear brake lights.
Unfortunately those hideous protruding hubcaps on the 16-inch alloy wheels have inexplicably remained a part of the styling package...
Beyond the more contemporary exterior styling is a utilitarian, yet feature laden interior, and 3-litre, common-rail injected turbodiesel power.
Standard interior appointments include air conditioning, front and rear power windows and a radio/CD/MP3 sound system with four speakers.
The CD/MP3 player features a USB port too, which means you can travel to the tunes of your favourite music played directly from a memory stick.
Billed as a dual-purpose double-cab bakkie - whatever that is - the Xenon is powered by a 3-litre, four-cylinder common-rail injected turbodiesel which produces 85kW and 300Nm.
Although those figures are last in class on an engine capacity comparison, they are hardly useless, especially the 300Nm of torque, enabling serious loadability for the Xenon, with a quotes tops-speed of 143km/h.
Driving through a five-speed manual gearbox, the 4X4 Xenon features an additional electronic shift-on-fly capability from 4x2 to 4x4 high-range, and low-range too.
Rugged suspension and a limited-slip differential further enhance off-road ability, whilst the 1200kg payload capacity is class-leading, although unfortunately the 65-litre fuel-tank capacity is not.
Xenon 4x2 Double-cab R169 995,00
Xenon 4x4 Double-cab R194 995,00