If you thought Tata only made pathetically small, unsafe city cars then think again. As at Australia’s National 4x4 and Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo held over the weekend, the Indian carmakers revealed its Xenon Tuff Truck Concept. Based on the Xenon pickup, the Tuff Truck Concept was styled by Julian Quincey, chief designer at Holden Special Vehicles. The Ozzie-designed off-roader is not currently intended for production but if its soon-to-be launched Xenon pickup and anticipated passenger cars are a hit then it might find itself back on the table.
Built to take on the antipodean outback, the concept features 20-inch billet aluminum wheels wrapped in off-road tires, a serious-looking front bumper with integrated LED DRLs and off-road lights, an intake snorkel, rear bumper with integrated D-rings, and winch and tow hooks. The concept’s powerplant wasn’t revealed, but the Australian-spec Xenon comes with a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel rated at 150 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, mated to a five-speed manual.