Tata Hexa bookings open November 1, 2016 : First look VideoOctober 18, 2016
Tata Motors has released details of its upcoming premium crossover, the Hexa, which will be launched in January next year. Bookings for the car will commence on November 1, 2016.
The carmaker’s new flagship, the Hexa, shares some of its mechanicals with the Aria. The upcoming model will come with a seven-seater layout as well as a unique six-seater configuration. It gets rugged body cladding and massive 19-inch wheels with low-profile, 235-section tyres, to keep it from looking like an MPV. To justify its ‘premium’ positioning, the Hexa comes loaded with features too.
Tata Hexa dimensions
The Hexa is 4,788mm long, 1,903mm wide and 1,791mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,850mm. It gets a 60-litre fuel tank and 200mm ground clearance.
Tata Hexa engine details
The Hexa will be powered by Tata’s 2.2-litre Varicor400 diesel engine. It makes 156hp and a healthy 400Nm of torque, and is the same unit that was introduced in the Safari Storme earlier in 2016. The engine will get the option of new six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes.
Tata Hexa features
Tata has left no stone unturned to pack the Hexa with features. The cabin is available in both six- and seven-seat configurations, while the driver’s seat gets eight-way adjustment. A 5.0-inch touchscreen is standard and it comes paired to a 10-speaker audio system from JBL which also gets its own 320 watt sub-woofer. There’s also a 3.5-inch TFT colour display in the instrument binnacle, which gives readouts for the drive-modes and trip-computer data. The Hexa will, like the Tiago, get a smartphone-based navigation system. It gets dual zone climate control with separate AC vents for second and third row passengers. The Hexa also gets reverse parking sensors and ambient mood lighting on the inside.
Tata Hexa safety features
The crossover gets disc brakes for all four wheels. Safety features include ABS, EBD, six airbags, speed-sensing door locks and ESP.
Tata Hexa drive modes
The highlight here is the rotary multi-drive mode selector that will be offered on both, all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive variants. Similar to the Terrain Response system seen on Land Rover SUVs, Tata’s system allows the driver to alter engine, ABS, ESP and AWD settings. The Hexa gets Comfort, Dynamic, Auto and Rough road modes. Interestingly, only the manual variants will get the selectable drive modes while automatic-gearbox equipped model gets a unique “Sport mode”.
Tata Hexa price and rivals
Tata is likely keep the Hexa competitively priced, after the company burnt its fingers with the Aria’s high prices. Expect the range to start at about Rs 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Despite being an out-and-out MPV, the Toyota Innova will rival the Hexa in terms of both price and size, as will Mahindra’s SUV, the XUV500. As per reports, the Hexa is expected to be offered with three trim levels with all but the base getting the option of a manual and automatic gearbox. All trims are expected to be offered with two- and all-wheel drive options.