Tata updates mini-truck on SA advice
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Johannesburg - The wider girths (read boeps) of some South African buyers has prompted longer seat belts in Tata’s Super Ace workhorse bakkie, along with a host of other improvements based on local customer and dealer feedback.
Along with 300mm longer belts, the new EX2 model Super Ace also gets better insulation to reduce gearbox heat in the cabin, a new dipstick position to allow a better seat design, additional cupholders and storage space, and a washable floor covering.
Mechanical adjustments see chrome-plated pads on gearbox selector forks for better shift action, a new water separator in the fuel system, and a bigger radiator. The interior upholstery has also been changed from grey to harder-wearing black.
As before the Super Ace is available in two spec levels – a base DLS comes with power steering, remote central locking, height adjustable headlights and load-sensing brake equalisers, while upper DLE models add air-conditioning, power windows, fog lights, electric mirrors and painted bumpers.
The EX2 uses the same five-speed manual gearbox and 52kW/135Nm 1.4 turbodiesel as the previous Super Ace.
Tata says the Super Ace has the longest load bed of all one-ton pick-ups in our market at 2.63-metres, and its 1.5 metre wide flat-floored drop-side bin is unhindered by wheel wells. Total load area is 3.8 square metres. The updates have resulted in a modest price increase of R8 000 for the DLS (now R139 995) and R10 000 for the DLE (R149 995).