The name ‘Tata Aria’ brings to memory, images of Tata Motors’ failed attempt at introducing the Indian Automotive market to the premium crossover segment. There were many reasons for the failure of the Aria, but now it looks like Tata has learnt from their mistakes and has righted their wrongs in the making of the Hexa.
The Tata Hexa is a premium crossover which was displayed as a concept, earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, but it wasn’t just a concept, as Tata has turned the concept into a production ready vehicle and the Hexa is now all set to replace the Aria.
One look at the Hexa, and one would say that it definitely looks a lot better than the Aria, it has oodles of styling doses all around, from the aggressive front grille and LED DRL’s above the Fog lamp at the front, till the LED tail lamps and the stylish twin-exhaust outlet at the rear, everything seems to have been tastefully styled.
The 19-inch machined alloy wheels only add to the styling on the side profile of the Hexa, and the plastic cladding on the lower parts of the doors and also the wheel arches gives a butch impression on the Hexa. Given this kind of styling, I really wouldn’t be surprised if people start referring to the Hexa as an SUV instead of an MPV.
Tata has gone all classy with the interiors of the Hexa crossover and seems like they have chosen the ‘All Black’ theme, which in my opinion is the best interior colour any car can have! The Tata Hexa gets all black leather upholstery on the dashboard, on the seats, on the steering wheel as well as on the gear lever. Glossy Piano black finish is used to around the gear lever and HVAC console, as well as around the touch-screen infotainment system. A dull silver finish is used in contrast, on the steering wheel structure and also around the AC outlets, as a highlight.
The seats, as mentioned earlier are upholstered in leather and the spacing on the inside too is very good, given that this is a large Crossover MPV. The front two rows get Captain Seats while the third row gets a bench, which is also clad in leather.
The Tata Hexa will be powered by the most powerful engine ever produced by the company till date. It is a 2.2 liter, 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, just like the DICOR engine on the Tata Aria, Safari and Xenon, but Tata has made some changes to the engine and it will be called VARICOR 400 when launched in the Tata Hexa. The VARICOR 400 diesel engine is expected to produce a maximum power figure of 154 BHP and a maximum torque figure of 400 NM.
Helping to put the massive power figures down to the road would be either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic. While the 6-speed manual would be developed in-house by Tata, the 6-speed Automatic would be developed by General Motors power-train for Tata. Customers can choose between 2WD and 4WD with the Hexa.
Tata is going truly international with the standards on the Hexa, as they have equipped it with different driving modes, just like many premium European car manufacturers. The Tata Hexa will have Four different drive modes or programs which alters the way the car drives. One can also expect top of the line safety features with the Hexa, like ABS, EBD, Airbags, etc.
Tata has released limited information about the Hexa, along with a few pictures. The Hexa seems very interesting and looks very promising indeed, so watch this space for more as we bring to you more news of the Tata Hexa, as it comes.
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