Tata Motors will launch its much awaited crossover Hexa on 18th January in Mumbai. The Hexa has been designed by Tata’s three design studios in India, Italy and the UK, and borrows some design cues from Land Rover. The vehicle is based on a reworked version of the Aria’s platform and hence is lighter than the Aria and hence is more fuel-efficient and quicker. The vehicle has been developed by a global network of suppliers, which isn’t a first for Tata Motors but the extent of it is larger than on any other vehicle earlier. As a result, the Hexa features many technologies for the first time on a Tata Motors vehicle. Here’s a round-up of the key things to look out for in the Hexa and in order to know how these technologies perform, please click the link below to read our detailed review.
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Engine & Gearbox
The Hexa is powered by a VARICOR400, 2.2 litre and VARICOR320 diesel unit, The VARICOR400 produces 154hp of power and 400 Nm of torque, while VARICOR 320 churns out 148 hp of power and 320 Nm of torque. The more powerful engine will be available with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission but the VARICOR320 can only be ordered with a 5-speed manual transmission. In order to overcome various road conditions, Tata Hexa will also feature the ‘Super Drive Modes’, which includes Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough road. These modes can be accessed through a rotary knob on the center console and can be changed on the move. This feature however will only be available on the manual transmission variant. The Hexa will also come with an all-wheel drive (AWD) system, supplied by BorgWarner but it’ll only be available on the manual transmission variants.
Design & Features
On the exterior front, the Hexa features automatic projector headlamps, aluminum finish grille and redesigned bumper with LED DRL’s. At the rear, it gets chrome finished twin exhaust pipes and LED tail lamps, featuring a flowing design. Inside the cockpit, the Hexa gets a new design philosophy and features a 5-inch colour screen, which is paired to a JBL 10-speaker audio system from Harman. The system, once connected to a smartphone, can stream navigation data onto the infotainment screen, enhancing the safety and convenience factor for the driver. One also gets iPod, USB, AUX-in and Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, it gets a black interior theme on the dashboard with seat upholstery designed by Benecke-Kaliko, a European supplier. Based on the trims, the MPV gets 19 inch alloy wheels and 16 inch steel wheel. Hexa will be sold in six and seven-seat layouts, with the former getting captain seats the rear.
In terms of safety, the crossover is equipped with ABS with EBD, airbags, Hill-Hold & Hill descent control, cruise control, traction control and ESP with Roll-Over Mitigation. Of these safety offerings, ABS and dual-front airbags are standard across all variants, while the rest are available depending on the variant selected. There’s also a torque-on-demand feature that works in tandem with other electronics such as hill descent, hill hold, traction control and the locking differentials upfront and rear to send maximum power to the wheels with most traction.
The Tata Hexa will directly compete with the Mahindra XUV500 and the recently introduced Toyota Innova Crysta. Both models will offer a stiff competition to the Hexa and it’s critical for Tata Motors to significantly undercut the Innova Crysta’s price as Toyota commands a more premium perception in the market. Although, the company hasn’t spoken on the pricing yet, we strongly expect the Hexa to start retailing at around Rs 12 lakh for the base variant. The more meaningful variants for buyers with the VARICOR400 engine are expected to start at around Rs 13 lakh, topping out at about Rs 18 lakh.
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