Tata Xenon to get new hydroformed chassis, AT in 2016 – Australia

Posted on: Aug 1, 2015 - 3:22pm IST

Chassis expected to get lighter, stronger and more rigid.

The Tata Xenon’s automatic version, that was originally slated to launch in Australia this year, has been delayed and is now expected to arrive around mid-2016. Along with the automatic transmission, it is set to also feature a new hydroformed ladder frame chassis.

Tata Xenon Australia side
The Xenon, imported from India, is available in Australia in 6 variants, powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine.

Darren Bowler, Managing Director, Fusion Automotive, Tata’s local independent distributor in Australia speaking with Motoring.com.au, said that significant amount of testing still remains to be performed before the Xenon could be launched in Australia.

The 2016 model will be unique, offering a new hydroformed chassis, automatic transmission, Electronic Stability Control “and a couple of other things that will be in that vehicle at that time” to make it an attractive option for urban pick up buyers.

The evaluation units of the Xenon AT have been running hot and cold testing for the ESC (Electronic Stability Control), while the cold testing has been concluded the engineering team at Tata is set to commence hot testing, Mr Bowler added.

The version that will be brought to Australia will have the highest global specification including ESC, airbag and Euro V emissions compliance since Australian rules require mandatory compliance. These features are offered on the Australian-spec Xenon that is only available with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Tata Xenon 150N-Xplore 4WD interior at 2014 Thailand International Motor Expo
The automatic transmission variant will target Australian customers in the metropolitan areas.

According to official VFACTS data the current Xenon has sold 600 units since the launch in October 2013, with most of the buyers from rural and provincial areas. Fusion Automotive currently operates 38 dealerships and aims to take the number higher to 45 by the end of 2015.

The new Xenon will compete with the D40 Nissan Navara and the MN Mitsubishi Triton which recently have dropped prices and ventured into the market below $ 30,000 AUD (INR 14 lakhs) in which the Xenon operates. It will also have to contend with players from brands like Foton and Great Wall along with Mahindra who are all looking to increase their market share.

Tata Xenon – Image Gallery

[Source – Motoring.com.au]

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4 thoughts on “Tata Xenon to get new hydroformed chassis, AT in 2016 – Australia

  1. Ganshram says:

    I own an XENON XT 4×4 driven 11000 kms and done some offroading. Its a fantastic SUV with lots of Power and Torque. 140BHP and 320 NM torque.
    Iam happy with the performance and stands out in the crowd.
    i had some issues wwith suspension.
    Tata Motors have Completely Replaced the front suspension and steering box.
    The job was completed on 31JULY .I will do atest drive and take delivery.
    Above done under Warranty , without any Charges to me.
    Iam very satisfied with Tata’s service, It would have costed min 25K for above and TATA Motors did a commendable job.
    I assure you that TATA’s have now changed completely after HORIZIN NEXT programme introduced by late Carl Slym when he was MD of TATA Motors
    by 2020 Tata will rule the Indian roads

  2. Tman says:

    Ideally improve quality locally first,foreign buyers are very demanding, won’t stand much of a chance.

  3. Arun says:

    if you check youtube even for south Africa you can see people complaining …. that fit and finish is very bad … quality is no good and technology is dated … I think both these companies are missing their bus …if Indian 2 wheelers have great quality then 4 wheeler can too its just higher management should start getting serious and kick their asses

  4. S says:

    Mahindra and TATA have failed badly in Australia and much to blame themselsves while china’s can almost a rage here ( I live in Sydney) .. in last 5 years I have seen only 1 Mahindra and TATA … users complain fit and finish quality is very bad … I dont Mahindra even tries to do any better .. it just put some articles to build image in India


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