19 June, 2019 : Taking the idea of a truck to its tinniest application, Tata Motors introduced the Tata Ace Zip micro truck in 2010. Even though it belongs to the Tata Ace family, the Tata Ace Zip is based on a much different design than the rest of the family members. Its tiny dimensions make it a perfect fit to ferry around goods and deliverables through narrowest of alleyways and peak traffic. This also means that the Tata Ace Zip is among the most affordable small commercial vehicles in the market as well. No wonder it continues to be such a big seller in the market.
Powered by a small single cylinder 600cc naturally as pirated diesel unit, the Tata Ace Zip makes a handy 12bhp at just 3000rpm while offering a more than adequate 35Nm of peak torque delivered in the 1600-1800rpm range. The gross weight of the Tata Ace Zip is around 1300kg while it can carry around a payload of 600kg while zipping through those thin spaces in the crowded markets. The suspension is taken care by MacPherson struts at the front and heavy-duty leaf springs at the back. Drum brakes take care of the braking aspect all around. Interestingly, it has a tank capacity of only 10 liters but with an ARAI certified mileage of 33kmpl, this should not be a worry.
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Commercial vehicles from Tata Motors are omnipresent in all parts of the country. Tata, India's number one commercial vehicle brand, offers trucks and other commercial vehicles in almost all the segments. Light, medium, heavy or small, whatever commercial vehicle segment Tata Motors has ventured into, it has always left a positive note on the same.
Tata Ace Zip, one among the smallest pickup trucks offered by the CV brand, does not fail to impress. However, the vehicle comes with its own share of pitfalls.
Powered by a 611 cc, single cylinder engine, Tata Ace Zip is capable of transporting a maximum payload of 600 Kgs. A small turning radius of 3500 mm makes Tata Ace Zip one of the most selling mini trucks in its segment.Specs
Engine - 611cc, single cylinder, naturally aspirated, water cooled
Power - 11.3 bhp @ 3000 rpm
GVW and Payload - 1285 kg and 600 kg
Mileage - 33 kmpl
Engine and Performance
Tata Ace Zip is powered by a 611cc, single cylinder, naturally aspirated, water cooled engine. This engine is capable of producing 11.3 bhp of maximum power @ 3000 rpm and 31.6 Nm of maximum torque @ 1600-1800 rpm.
The engine, in terms of power, generates power and torque, convenient enough to easily transport the maximum payload of 600 Kgs. Though the unit does feel under powered during initial acceleration, it still manages to keep up in higher gears. We faced a lot of difficulty testing the Ace Zip on red lights, otherwise, the mini truck completed the job it’s built for in a sufficing manner.
Vehicle Built and Load Capacity
Ace Zip comes with an all steel body, which simply means that Tata has built the product to last. Given the fact that it’s a mini-truck, Ace does feel special with a nicely finished body. The paint job on the truck looks elegantly done and carries the truck maker’s intentions of providing the truck body, with an additional protective layer, against thesun and rain.
Tata Ace Zip offers a maximum payload capacity of 600 kg. Such payload for a mini truck powered by a 611cc engine can result in higher profits through increased mileage figures. The GVW of the truck stands at 1285 kg making it an ideal contender for inter-city transportation business needs. The loading area of 1685mm X 1480mm X 400mm (LengthXWidthXHeight) can easily be used to transport vegetables, fruits, couriers and other such materials.
Handling and Suspension
Tata Ace Zip is equipped with a mechanical rack and pinion steering. And honestly, this is one more area where, we feel, Ace Zip lacks. The steering tends to look underpowered at high loads. Driving Ace Zip in the city during traffic hours can really get tough. Tata Motors should consider power steering options for Ace Zip.
MacPherson Strut suspension at the front end, and coil spring with semi trailing arm along with hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers at the rear end, failed to impress us. We understand this a mini cargo truck meant to transport goods from one place to another. The suspension, still, could have been a lot better.
Braking and Safety
There are no disc brakes available with Ace Zip. It simply means that the responsibility of braking effectively is laid on the shoulders of hydraulic brakes, incorporated at both the ends. As it's just a 611cc engine powered mini-truck, the hydraulic brakes carry the task of braking effectively. However, we are not too sure about Ace Zip's braking ability in emergency braking situations.
It is difficult to outline the safety features endowed in Ace Zip, as apart from standard seat belts and an all steel body, we couldn't figure out anything else to talk about.
Design and Comfort
Tata Ace Zip's design is one thing that the CV brand has completely aced. It is available in exciting colour options, which make the truck look modern and cool. Overall vehicle design is also something to look up to. It does not look cheap, carries that modern India look, while graphics feel special as well.
The truck however fairs average in terms of comfort. Standard seats and not so good suspension lead to an overall uncomfortable ride.
I have been reviewing Tata Ace Zip for the past week. Tata motors has done its best and put on the maximum work on Ace models. The Ace Zip that I have been reviewing have a mileage about 31kmp, but it keeps descending by time goes up. However, the maintenance costs are very low. Talking about the engine, it doesn't have enough torque for the last two gears with city rides, but in highways it gives its best..
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