Tata Hexa, which is expected to be launched this year around the festive season, will have ‘Super Drive Modes’ or different driving modes as an additional driver aid. This would include – Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road for various road conditions. These modes would change the engine’s responsiveness with regards to the terrain in front of the MPV. A rotary knob (similar to Land Rover vehicles) on the centre console will switch the modes. In Auto mode, the vehicle would assess the terrain as well as driver’s inputs and adjust the engine speed and response to the rear wheels accordingly. The dynamic mode favours performance over fuel efficiency while comfort mode is inclined towards relaxed driving while delivering maximum fuel economy.
At the announcement, Girish Wagh, Senior Vice President – Program Planning & Program Management, Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors Limited said, “At Tata Motors we have always been at the forefront of providing a rich and dynamic driving experience to our customers through our product innovations and the new Tata Hexa reinforces this commitment. Specially developed by Tata Motors engineering team in collaboration with our technology partners, the new Tata Hexa will deliver an excellent, unforgettable customer experience. With a new-generation ESP system accessible through the new Super Drive Modes, the feature allows the driver to select one of the four modes, allowing the vehicle to regulate the engine, based on the terrain and different customer’ needs and desires.” Interestingly, there the off-road mode aforementioned would avoid wheel lockups while going through the rough hinting at the possibility of a four-wheel drive system along with a locking differential.
Mechanically, the Tata Hexa is expected to be powered by the 2.2 L diesel engine that is seen under the hood of the Tata Safari Storme VARICOR400 that generates 156 peak power and 400Nm torque. This unit is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission in the SUV, however, with the Hexa, we may also see an automatic transmission for added convenience. Airbags, ABS and a number of features like a touchscreen infotainment unit would also be a part of the upper variants’ package. Post the Impact Design Language that the company has been using, there is a reasonable fan following that Tata has garnered in the passenger vehicle segment. This gradual progress is seen on the existing lineup by the carmaker.
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