The Tata Xenon 2.2 is a bakkie manufactured by Tata Motors, which is an Indian based firm which was established in the year 1945. The company first produced its first locomotive in 1954 in partnership with Daimler-Benz AG; which partnership ended in 1969. It is also rated India’s largest automobile company and has been 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. The Tata Xenon was first released in 2006 as the Tata TL and in the year 2007 it was name tagged the Tata Xenon. This first model came with a 2.0 liter common rail turbo diesel engine and made use of a five speed manual transmission.

Tata South Africa offers four models to the local market which models are the Xenon 2.2 Dicor Single cab, Xenon 2.2 Dicor Double Cab, Xenon 2.2 Dicor Double Cab and Xenon 2.2 Dicor 4x2 Chassis Cab. The four model options all make use of a 2.2 L engine which takes on 4 cylinders and also adopt the direct injection common rail fuel injection system. The engine of the Xenon 2.2 is capable of a maximum power of 103kW at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 320Nm. All models use a manual gearbox with five forward gears and 1 reverse gear and the model engages the limited slip differential. The four models of the Xenon 2.2 have a Gross Vehicle Weight of 2950kg, with the base Dicor 4x4 single cab taking on a payload of 1110kg and the Dicor 4x2 double cab records a payload of 1090kg. The Dicor 4x4 Double cab and Dicor 4x2 Chassis cab record a payload of 1000kg and 1375kg respectively. The Xenon 2.2 provides for a towing capacity (unbraked trailer) of 750kg and a 2000kg towing capacity - trailer with overrun brake.

The Xenon 2.2 bakkie provides for a fuel tank capacity of 65 liters and it measures 4800mm in length, a width of 1860mm and an unladen height of 1730mm. The four models all make use of 16 inch alloy wheels and the braking system of the Xenon 2.2 is defined by the ventilated discs on the front and drums on the rear. The front suspension of the Tata Xenon 2.2 adopts the double wishbone with torsion bar and parabolic leaf springs for the rear. The front and rear shocks of the Tata Xenon 2.2 take on the hydraulic double acting telescopic system.

The 4x2 model provides easy handling from such power features as the power steering and electric windows in the front cabin. The model also takes on tinted side windows and windscreen. For security, the model offers the engine immobilizer which works well against hijacking. The Tata XT 4x4 offers much more luxury and comfort when compared to other models in the Xenon 2.2 lineup. From the driver’s seat, the Xenon feels more contemporary with a simple yet functional design. The interior features the analogue clock, which comes as a standard feature in Tata SUVs. This Xenon model is well equipped too, with powered mirrors and an ‘auto down’ function for the driver’s window.

The bakkie comes with a general warranty & anti-corrosion of 3 year/ 90,000km, a service plan of 5 years/ 100,000km. A Roadside Assistance plan is also on offer, for 3 years and unlimited mileage. The Xenon is very much an up-market vehicle, which comes with a plushy feel & status. It also comes with a wide range of accessories that position it more as a lifestyle accessory than for any commercial sense.

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