NEW FEATURES, IMPROVED CABIN: Tata's Super Ace gains many upgrades for 2015, among them longer seat-belts "to suit the wider girth of some South Africans." Image: Quickpic
Tata's Super Ace, the automaker's one-ton pick-up launched in South Africa in 2012, has undergone a number of improvements and updates along with the SA launch of an EX2 derivative.
Tata said: "The EX2 is a unique model in the local light commercial vehicle market following the withdrawal of the Daihatsu brand and its similar Gran Max forward-control bakkie from South Africa in 2014."
The Super Ace EX2, Tata says, has 60 specification changes compared to its predecessor.
The base DLS is R139 995, the DLE R149 995.
The Super Ace, Tata claims, has the longest load bed (2.63m) among one-ton pick-ups in SA.
The drop-side body has a deck height of only 60cm for ease of loading and unloading. The load-body is 1.5m wide for a total area of 3.8m2. It is also unimpeded by wheel-arches - as is the case with conventional trucks.
Its turning circle is 10.2m.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Tata Super Ace
Technical changes include improved insulation, an oil dipstick position change, new seat design, an updated cooling system with larger radiator, chromed pads on the gearbox and a water separator for the fuel system.
Tata adds: "The seat-belt length has been increased by 30cm to suit the wider girth of some South Africans."
The cabin colour has been changed from grey to black and the EX2 gains cupholders, a tray above the engine cover, washable floor covering, a one-ton sticker on the tailgate and EX2 badging.
The LE gets wheel covers and the DLE and EX2 a chromed strip for the grille and Tata says buyers can choose from many canopy options and racks.
The EX2 is equipped with power-steering, remote central locking (with immobiliser), demister, fabric seats, adjustable bucket seats (driver and passenger), digital clock, lockable glove box, 12V power socket, height-adjustable headlights, rear protection bars, battery guard, collapsible steering-column, load-sensitive brake equaliser and side-impact beams.
The DLE variant adds aircon, wheel covers, power windows, fog lights, interior adjustment for the exterior mirrors, grab handles and colour-coded bumpers.
The Super Ace is powered by a 1.4 four-cylinder turbodiesel capable of 52kW/135Nm turning a five-speed manual gearbox. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.2 litres/100km. It's sold with a 100 000km warranty and a three-year or 60 000km service plan and three years roadside assistance.IMPROVED TATA PICK-UP: Tata's new Super Ace receives a number of improvements in 2015. Image: Quickpic