Hexa, Tata’s second shot at premium SUV segment was first showcased at 2016 Auto Expo and afterwards it was spotted on test runs on Indian shores. Earlier it was reported to be deferred for early 2017 launch due to diesel car ban in NCR and Kerala. To battle it out, company was rumored to be developing smaller capacity diesel engine, since the ban has been finally lifted; Tata has confirmed the launch of Hexa SUV during the festive season around October this year with the same 2.2l Varicor 400 diesel mill.
Although Hexa crossover is based on Aria’s platform but it has its work cut out at both inside and outside. It flaunts all new design which is sportier and owing to heavy black cladding all around, Hexa looks more an off roader unlike MPV-ish Aria. Based on company’s Horizonext design and impact design philosophy, it wears huge mesh front grille with humanity line, flanked by projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, downhill muscular bonnet, wide air dam and faux skid plate.
The side of the car has sloping roofline with large window glasses and black cladding to add off road appeal. While rear profile gets twin exhausts, thick chrome bar on the boot and LED tail lights. The premium SUV will measure 4764mm in length, 1895mm in width, 1780mm in height and 2850mm of wheelbase.
The interiors will be adorned with dual tone dashboard, 5 inch touchscreen system with reverse parking camera display, LED illumination, leather packed captain seats, ambient mood lighting, three spoke steering wheel, integrated armrests, 3.5 TFT display for instrument cluster, 10 speaker audio system powered by JBL and much more.
The safety element will be spruced up with six airbags, dynamic control, engine drag control, TCS, ABS with EBD, hill start assist, reverse parking camera with guidelines and 4 terrain management modes.
The Varicor 400 engine develops 156bhp power and 400Nm of torque; it can be had in either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Hexa will also get four driving modes-auto, comfort, dynamic and off road. Expect a starting price for the base variant around 12.5 lakh which might goes up to Rs. 18 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).