Gains several safety equipments.
The Tata Xenon for the Australian market has received a 2015 model year update which sees the double cab variant garner a more than respectable four-star safety rating (out of a maximum five stars) at the ANCAP (Australian New Car Assessment Program) crash test.
The previous version of the pickup had a dismal 2-star ANCAP rating. The enhanced safety is courtesy of new standard features such as the Electronic Stability Control, EBD, hydraulic brake assist, traction control, hill hold control and drag torque control. The ute already had standard dual front airbags and ABS.
The variant tested was the Xenon double cab 4x2 which managed to achieve an overall score of 27.27 out of 37. While the pickup scored all of 16 points in the side impact test, it swept 11.27 points out of 16 in the frontal offset collision test.
Launched in late 2013, the Tata Xenon is pitted against formidable opponents like the Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux. The vehicle is powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which generates 110 KW (147.5 bhp) and 320 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The top-end variants come with a 4x4 system.
The Indian utility vehicle saw its prices slashed twice in Australia since the launch to push up sales.
Competitors: Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Ford Ranger, Foton Tunland
Price: AUD 20,990 (around INR 11.75 lakhs) - AUD 27,990 (around INR 15.67 lakhs)
More details of the ANCAP test results are available below the gallery.
Tata Xenon scores 4 Stars in ANCAP - Result Sheet
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