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Tata Super Ace scores game-changing goal

Tata Super Ace EX2 is now a unique model

Tata Super AceThe compact Tata Super Ace one-ton cab-over pick-up has undergone a host of improvements and updates with the introduction of the latest EX2 model, placing it firmly in the league of desirable pick-ups.

The Tata Super Ace EX2 is now a unique model in the local light commercial vehicle market following the withdrawal of the Daihatsu brand and its Gran Max forward control pick-up from South Africa last year.

“The new Super Ace has no fewer than 60 specification changes compared to its predecessor. Many of these changes are under the skin, but they all contribute to an ever better product with markedly higher quality levels,” said Kyri Michael, the new CEO of Accordian Investments, the company responsible for Tata cars and light commercials.

Tata Super Ace

“Importantly, we have managed to keep the pricing very competitive despite the unfavourable exchange rate.

There are two trim and equipment levels, with the base DLS model priced at R139 995 and the higher specified premium DLE derivative costing another R10 000.

“At 2,63m, the Super Ace has the longest load bed among one-ton pickups in SA and the dropside body has a deck height of only 60cm, which makes for ease of loading and unloading. The load body is 1,5m wide, giving a total load area of 3,8 m2. It is also unimpeded by wheel wells as is the case with conventional pick-ups, and has a turning circle of only 10,2m, which provides easy manoeuvrability,” said Michael.

Among the technical changes in the Tata Super Ace EX2 are:

  • a four-layer insulation package to reduce the transmission of heat to the occupants in the cab;
  • a change in the position of the engine oil dipstick which has resulted in an alteration to the seat design;
  • an updated cooling system with a larger radiator; and
  • chrome-plated pads on the gearbox forks to make gear shifting even smoother.

Tata Super AceThe engine and transmission are all designed in-house by Tata Motors. The four-cylinder turbo-intercooled diesel power unit of 1,4 litres develops 52kW of power at 4 500 rpm and peak torque is 135N.m at 2 500 rpm.

The engine drives the rear axle through a five-speed manual transmission. Claimed fuel economy is 7,2 litres/100km on the combined cycle.

Maximum gradeability is 39% and the claimed top speed is 125km/h. The Super Ace is covered by a 3-year/100 000km warranty, with a 3-year/ 60 000km service plan and roadside assistance for three years.

 
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Tristan Wiggill
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