The Tata Hexa concept was revealed at the Geneva motor show earlier this year in a production ready format; hence it will look almost identical when launched. The Hexa concept (along with Tata Kite Twins) is based on Tata’s HORIZONEXT magic terminology and this concept has already gathered positive feedback for its distinct design than typical Tata cars or we can say it is more evolutionary version Aria with major changes in exterior, Performance and quality.
Tata Hexa will replace ageing and dud seller Aria and expected to hit Indian showrooms by mid 2016. The Tata Hexa will become SUV with longest wheelbase of 2850mm and dimensions of 4764mm in length, 1895mm width and 1780mm of height.
The Tata Hexa will be powered by a 2.2L VARICOR diesel engine delivering 154bhp power and 400Nm of peak torque mated with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. So Hexa will be first Tata product to be offered with a 6-speed transmission as all the other Tata cars get either 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Tata Hexa will also get torque on demand all wheel drive system and 2.2L engine will produce 175bhp power on some of the variants but there is no confirmation, if it will to Indian market or not.
Talking about the design, Tata Hexa bears resemblance to Aria but still it is an all new car. It features Projector headlamps, new bonnet, refreshed front-rear bumper, honeycomb grille with company logo. On the sides Hexa get flared wheel arches with black cladding, Hexa Badges while the rear profile has horizontal tail lamps, faux skid plate and aluminum brushed rectangular dual exhausts.
The cabin features include all new dashboard with piano black finish, 6 seats configuration with captain seats for 2nd row, Harman Kardon touchscreen infotainment system, chrome ringed dials on instrument cluster, leather seats with dual stitching, dual interiors, climate control, EPA steering , navigation and mood lighting to add more appeal to the cabin.
Tata Aria is a hug flop on sales chart and it didn’t do well in Indian market at all. So we hope Tata would learn from the mistakes of Aria and will also look to price it aggressively to bring much needed success in the SUV segment again.
Tata is working on Safari Strome facelift and will also introduce Kite hatchback codenamed as Glade and ‘boom’ might be used for kite sedan.