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Tata Ace BS6 Variants – Best Mini Trucks in India

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

Tata Ace, popularly known as Chhota Hathi, started the Indian small commercial vehicle segment way back in 2005 and has been growing strong ever since. This Tata mini truck has mostly received positive reviews from customers across the nation, and has been at the receiving end of prestigious accolades throughout its 15-year old journey. Moreover, the company has managed to sell over to 22 Lakh Tata Ace till date, which speaks volumes about their success.

Why Chhota Hathi? “Elephants are the uncrowned kings of the jungle, and have been credited with the arrival of rivers and water streams. The name, Chhota Hathi for Tata Ace is quite apt as it is synonymous with vigor, an ability to traverse all terrains and weather -conditions and reliability.

The year 2018 saw the much-awaited launch of Tata Ace Gold. Roping in Akshay Kumar as the Brand Ambassador and the formulation of well thought-off campaigns“ the most well-received being Ghar Laao Gold Contest, wherein they tried to incubate the spirit of entrepreneurship in people and generate employment opportunities for the poor.

Tata Ace Gold finds applications across logistics and businesses.

Tata Ace BS6 Variants

This Tata mini trucks are now available in BS6 avatar as Tata Ace Gold and in three variants Diesel, Petrol and CNG. The article below discusses the Tata Ace BS6 variants further, and covers their specifications in depth, with a comparison table towards the end.

Tata Ace Gold Diesel BS6
Tata Ace Gold

The Tata Ace Gold Diesel BS6 is armed with the Direct Injection, Naturally Aspirated Engine that is capable of maintaining consistency in the power levels generated. This makes the mini truck well-suited for hauling and towing applications.With a payload of 750 Kg, ground clearance of 160 mm and a body length of 7.2 ft, the Diesel Tata Ace Gold is the preferred choice for last mile connectivity and inter-city goods delivery.

The Ace Gold Diesel is now available in the all new BS6 version, which results in cleaner emissions and a minimized fuel consumption, thereby turning out to be a profitable venture for the buyer. With a good 27.5% gradeability, the BS6 Tata Ace Gold can traverse steep slopes with relative ease, and can achieve a maximum speed of 60 Km/Hr. The synchromesh type gearbox with cable-shit mechanism and a 4 Speed (4F + 1R) transmission system ensures improved fuel-efficiency.

On the safety aspect, the Tata Ace Gold BS6 comes fitted with hydraulically-operated service brakes and safety belts, whereas on the utility side, a digital cluster, U.S.B. charger and a bottle holder have been provided.

Tata Ace Gold Petrol BS6
Tata Ace Gold

With effect from 1st April, Tata Ace mini truck is now also available in petrol version for the first time in India. The Tata Ace Gold Mini-Truck petrol version is powered by 275 Gasoline MPFI, 4-Stroke Water Cooled engine, that promises high returns to the buyer.

Tata Ace Petrol BS6 is available in a Cabin with Fixed Side Body option. The Chhota Hathi comes fitted with parabolic-leaf springs at the front and semi-elliptical leaf springs at the rear end, and these suspension systems are considered to be quite firm and strongly support the chassis weight.

Tata Ace Gold Petrol BS6

The Tata Ace Petrol BS6 is capable of achieving a maximum speed of 70 Km/Hr, which is higher than its diesel counterpart. The former has a +2.5% higher gradeability compared to the petrol version therefore providing more boost and ease while commuting up-hill. While the Tata Ace Diesel BS6 comes with a 4 speed Transmission, the Ace Petrol variant comes with 5 Speed, thereby resulting in a higher torque rating – 55 Nm compared to 45 Nm by the diesel model. These aspects help the Tata Ace Gold Petrol mileage to rank higher.

BS6 Tata Ace Gold Petrol plays host to a number of features like hydraulic brakes, seat belts, optional tubeless tyres, taking care of the safety aspect, whereas digital instrument cluster with gear shift advisor, bottle and document holder, glove box cover the utility front of the Chhota Hathi Petrol version.

Tata Ace Petrol price in India starts from Rs. 5.01 lakhs onwards.

Tata Ace Gold CNG
Tata Ace Gold

The Ace Gold CNG from Tata Motors is a 1630 Kg GVW mini truck, now BS6 compliant and is the 3rd addition to the Tata Ace Gold family. It comes loaded with the Multi-point Gas Injection System that delivers a maximum power output of 26 HP and a 50 Nm torque. Unlike the other two Tata mini truck variants, the CNG-powered engine comes mated to GBS 65 Synchromesh gearbox and has a 6 Speed (6F + 1R) transmission drive.

Tata Ace Gold CNG

Tata Ace Gold CNG mileage is quite superior as it comes equipped with a 70 Ltrs gas-cylinder tank, thereby reducing the number of trips to the re-fueling station. In addition, it has a payload of 640 Kg, body-size of 8.2 ft, ground-clearance of 160 mm, and a wheelbase of 2250 mm, thereby making it ideal for last mile distribution activities such as courier, groceries, light goods and more. This Tata Chota Hathi version shares features with the other two variants like Gear Shift Advisor for improved fuel-efficiency, spacious glove box and digital panel.

Below tables compare the specifications and features across the 3 variants:

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