Tata has launched new commercial pick-up based on the Xenon XT platform, the Xenon Yodha. The product is also the first one to be endorsed by the company's new brand ambassador, Akshay Kumar.
Tata claims that the Xenon Yodha can be the perfect workhorse in the commercial segment, providing a good mix between ruggedness, comfort, safety, practicality, performance and cost.
The Xenon Yodha is available in multiple variants - single-cab 4x2, single-cab 4x4, double-cab 4x2 and double-cab 4x4 with either a BSIII or BSIV powerplant. Prices for the Yodha start at Rs 6.05 Lakh (single-cab, BSIII) and Rs 6.19 Lakh (single-cab, BSIV). It is positioned above Tata's Ace range of commercial vehicles and can be adapted to be used in various commercial duties. The Xenon Yodha is rated at being able to carry loads of up to 1,250 kg.
The Tata Xenon Yodha is powered by a 3.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged, intercooled diesel motor. The BSIII compliant version of this motor develops 73PS of maximum power and 223Nm of peak torque. The BSIV compliant version of the engine develops 86PS of maximum power and 250Nm of peak torque. The engine is tuned for better tractability at lower rpms with the engine developing a flat torque curve between 1600-2200rpm.
A claimed best-in-class ground clearance of 210mm, high gradability, 16-inch wheels and 5-leaf front suspension with 9-leaf rear suspension along with anti-roll bars make the Xenon Yodha a capable CUV both on- and off-the-road.
The cabin of the Xenon Yodha boasts of better comfort than the competition. A power steering with adjustable steering column, utility spaces, high-intensity cabin lights and complete floor carpeting are the highlights. Safety has also been given a priority with crumple zones, collapsible steering column, retractable seatbelts and side-intrusion resistant beams etc being added.
A higher service interval is appreciated in the world of commercial vehicles; the Xenon Yodha has a regular service interval of 20,000km along with a higher oil-change interval. The driveline, especially the propeller shaft, is designed for enhanced life and performance.
A unique initiative by Tata, at least as an inaugural offer, is the 'Buy Back' offer - Tata is offering to buy back used units of the Xenon Yodha at 50 per cent of the cost of the vehicle, after four years of usage! Tata is also offering customised Annual-Maintenance Packages of 3 years / 1 lakh km and a warranty of 3 years / 3 lakh km.