Brian Joss –
Accordian Investments, which markets Tata cars and light commercials in South Africa, has introduced a higher spec double cab pick-up, Evolve limited edition, which is based on the Xenon XT models.
The Evolve is available only in white with a significantly different exterior and interior appearance to distinguish it from the other models in the Xenon range. The Evolve is offered initially on the 4×2 model, but a 4×4 derivative is available to special order. The retail price (including VAT) of the limited edition Evolve 4×2 double cab model is R264 995.
The exterior of the Evolve Special Edition has a number of features including a roll-over 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 here three years ago. The range blends modern styling, comprehensive safety features, including ABS and dual front airbags, as well as GPS navigation and Bluetooth compatibility, while the double cab models have lockable rear differentials and the single cab models have limited slip differentials all aimed at aiding traction in loose or slippery conditions.
Other items of standard equipment are 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 110kW of power at 4 000r/min with peak torque of 320N.m available between 1 500-3 000r/min. 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 4-year/120 000km warranty, 5-year/75 000km service plan, 4-year/120 000km anti corrosion warranty and a 4-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
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. It already has a local vehicle parc of more than 60 000 vehicles. All these vehicles are imported built up from India.