Zenons evolve to get more spec at low price

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - — WR.

AC­COR­DIAN In­vest­ments, which mar­kets Tata cars and light com­mer­cials in South Africa, has launched the Evolve, a lim­ited edi­tion bakkie based on the Xenon XT dou­ble­cab.

Priced at R264 995, the Evolve is sold with a the 4x2 drivetrain, al­though a 4x4 de­riv­a­tive can be im­ported on spe­cial or­der, which will add about R35 000 to the price.

The ex­te­rior of the Evolve Spe­cial Edi­tion has a num­ber of im­por­tant added value fea­tures in­clud­ing a rollover bar be­hind the cab, side steps, a front nudge bar and a tow bar as well as unique badg­ing and a spe­cial de­cal pack­age. The al­loy wheels have been re­vised as an ad­di­tional dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture.

The big change to the in­te­rior is lux­ury leather trim for the seats, while the Evolve logo also ap­pears on the in­te­rior floor mats.

The Xenon is Tata’s new gen­er­a­tion pick- up range and was launched lo­cally in Septem­ber 2013. The range blends mod­ern styling, com­pre­hen­sive safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing ABS and dual front airbags, as well as a host of con­ve­nience fea­tures such as GPS nav­i­ga­tion and Blue­tooth com­pat­i­bil­ity, while the dou­ble cab mod­els have lock­able rear dif­fer­en­tials and the sin­gle cab mod­els have lim­ited slip diffs.

Other stan­dard equip­ment in­clude elec­tric win­dows, power steer­ing, an au­dio sys­tem with an MP3 player and a tilt- ad­justable steer­ing col­umn.

The Evolve is pow­ered by a new gen­er­a­tion 2,2- litre turbo Tata diesel en­gine with vari­able valve tim­ing, vari­able tur­bine tech­nol­ogy and di­rect injection with a com­mon fuel rail. It de­vel­ops 110 kW of power at 4 000 rpm with peak torque of 320 Nm avail­able be­tween 1 500- 3 000 rpm. Power goes to the rear wheels through a five- speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, with the op­tion of four- wheel drive mod­els for harsh off- road driv­ing.

“The Tata Xenon Evolve spe­cial edi­tion model is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of the way in which Tata lis­tens to in­put from its cus­tomers and deal­ers,” said Kyri Michael, the CEO of Ac­cor­dian In­vest­ments.

“The use of pick- up trucks for both busi­ness and fam­ily or leisure use in South Africa con­tin­ues to be a grow­ing trend, with the buy­ers be­com­ing in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing in terms of the level of spec­i­fi­ca­tion they re­quire.”

Tata of­fers a num­ber of im­por­tant added value fea­tures that pro­vide cus­tomers with peace of mind. There is a four- year/ 120 000 km war­ranty, five- year/ 75 000 km ser­vice plan, four- year/ 120 000 km anti cor­ro­sion war­ranty and a four- year/ un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre road­side as­sis­tance.

Cur­rently there is a coun­try­wide net­work of 45 full deal­ers and a fur­ther 15 Tata “touch points” in the form of ser­vice out­lets, thus en­sur­ing good na­tional cov­er­age for the brand.

In ad­di­tion, the Tata Xenon owner ben­e­fits from a com­par­a­tively low pur­chase price, good fuel econ­omy and com­pet­i­tive parts pric­ing, with the Xenon dou­ble cab hav­ing come out top for the past two years in an in­de­pen­dent sur­vey in­volv­ing com­pet­i­tive parts pric­ing.

Tata Mo­tors, the largest ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer in In­dia, be­gan ex­port­ing com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles to South Africa in 1998 with a fully- fledged op­er­a­tion start­ing in 2004, when pas­sen­ger cars were also im­ported. Tata Mo­tors’ cur­rent port­fo­lio in SA com­prises 13 com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mod­els and 10 pas­sen­ger car mod­els.

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The Zenon Evolve’s 2,2 turbo diesel makes 320 Nm from just over idle and now pro­vides all the trim­mings in­side as well.

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