Tata motors is planning to launch its all new Hexa SUV in November. The SUV, first unveiled at the Geneva motor show 2015, was under development from quite some time now. The production variant of the car was first showcased in the 2016 auto expo. It has been spotted testing on Indian roads numerous times since then. Initially Tata had plans of launching the SUV around June 2016, but due to the ban of diesel cars in Delhi NCR, the company postponed the launch.
Tata seems to be all geared up this time to recover its lost brand image. The Hexa is designed by Tata’s design studios of India, Italy and UK which gives it a bit of European look. Hexa has also taken design cues from Tata owned Land Rover, however the SUV is based on the same platform as the outgoing Tata Aria. Recently they have launched new lineup of cars that include Bolt, Zest and Tiago. While the Bolt and Zest failed to impress critics and wasn’t able to do well in the market, the Tiago was appreciated by critics and it’s doing quite well. The Tiago is completely a new car which doesn’t have any resemblance with Tata’s existing lineup.
Coming back to the Tata Hexa, it would replace the Tata Aria MUV which failed miserably in the market. It measures 4,764 mm in length, 1,895 mm width, 1,780 mm in height and the ground clearance is quite high with 2,850mm, which helps the SUV to glide over potholed roads easily.
On the inside, the Hexa will have dual tone dashboard, leather covered seats, three spoke steering wheel, LED illumination and mood lighting as standard features. The top end version would be equipped with a 7.0-inch touch screen Harman Kardon infotainment system which would be connected to 10 speakers from JBL. The display also acts as reverse camera display while reversing the car.
The SUV would be powered by a 2.2 liter turbocharged, four cylinder, diesel engine which churns out 154 bhp of power and 400 nm of peak torque.The diesel mill would be connected with a 6 speed manual transmission which transfers all the power to the SUV’s wheels. However the Hexa may also get a five speed auto transmission option, and in that case the gearbox would be an AMT (automated manual transmission) unit. The Hexa would also feature four driving modes like Auto, Dynamic, Comfort and Rough road. The Rough road mode would help the SUV to tackle terrains.
The Tata Hexa is expected to be priced from 12- 18 lakhs and it would take on Mahindra XUV 500, Toyota Fortuner and Toyota Innova Crysta. Only time will say if the SUV would survive the competition or meet with the similar fate as its predecessor.