The Tata Hexa is one such vehicle in the Indian market that has a strong set of admirers and fans alike. It was a very unique product which came out from Tata Motors stable during early-2017. This was because the Hexa was a pepole mover that categorised luxury along with both comfort and style.
Unfortunately the car didn’t quite work out and was phased out by the automaker last year. A part of the reason was its stagnant sales numbers by virtue of which Tata Motors decided not to spend on giving it a BS-VI upgrade, at least for the time being. All of that is set to change as the Tata Hexa is set to make a comeback in BS-VI guise soon.
The BS-VI compliant version of the Tata Hexa was recently spotted on its test run. This was clicked by one of the members of Team BHP near one of Tata Motors manufacturing plants, located in Pune. The major change seen is the addition of a 4×4 version on the car to complement the 4×2 version that was sold until last year.
The updated Hexa will be heavily based on the Hexa Safari concept that Tata Motors showcased during the 2020 Auto Expo. Tata Motors added a couple of features on the Hexa Safari concept such as the addition of captain seats on the second row and a bigger 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. These will be made mandatory on the production version of the updated Hexa when it goes on floors later.
The Tata Hexa then came powered by the 2.2-litre, four-cylinder ‘Varicor 400’ diesel motor. This produced 156 BHP of power and 400 Nm of torque. In addition to that there was also the option of the tried and tested 2.2-litre diesel motor which was sourced from the Safari Storme.
This used to make 148 BHP of power and 320 Nm of torque. Both these motors were phased out by the brand and it remains to be seen whether they could be updated and called back for powering the Hexa again. If not for that, there is also a possibility of the Hexa using the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder ‘Kryotec’ diesel motor as seen on the Harrier.
While the engine is lower on displacement, it makes up for that by offering more power as compared to the ones mentioned above. This engine makes 168 BHP of power along with 350 Nm of torque. The updated Tata Hexa could come up with the options of a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission across its range.
As for its launch, we can expect the BS-VI compliant Hexa to arrive here soon. This may probably result in a launch taking place somewhere between end-2020 and early-2021. We can expect a confirmation regarding the launch of the MPV to come soon by Tata Motors.
When launched, the Tata Hexa will be sitting above the Harrier in Tata Motors line-up here. Thus, we can expect the prices to start from Rs.18 lakh and go towards Rs.25 lakh for the top trims. The Hexa in its updated form will renew its interest in the market by taking on the Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector Plus, Skoda Karoq, Volkswagen T-Roc, Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass.
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