After showcasing the Hexa MPV at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, the Pune based carmaker is ready to roll the MPV car out for the masses early next year. Tata cars are being offered with fresher looking new designs which are emulated in the Hexa as well. Slated to arrive in January 2017, the car is expected to be priced in competitively with the Mahindra XUV 500 and Toyota Innova Crysta range. It will be powered by a 2.2 Litre VARICOR diesel engine that performs duty on the Safari Storme and tuned to produce 154 bhp of power, which is more than the XUV. The modern looking newbie comes loaded with all the supportive features which are going to help it in all the terrains such as AWD system, Land Rover’s Terrain Response System and Super Drive Modes (Auto, Dynamic, Comfort and Rough Road). Top that with ABS (anti lock braking system) and EBD (electronic brake force distribution system) and airbags, making it a car high on the safety front. Tata Hexa is expected to surpass the performance of the previous premium offering from Tata, the ARIA. With the latest details coming from the market, the Hexa MPV will be offered in total 9 variants of which 4 variants will be automatic and the remaining 5 variants will be manual.
Tata Hexa Exteriors
The freshly designed exteriors were on display at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo and managed to lure a whole lot of audiences to the Tata pavilion. The bulky frame and aggressive styling cues are evident from the blacked out honeycomb grill at the front. The classy character lines lend it a modish touch along with the mean looking projector headlamps which are teamed up with Day time running LEDs. There is a neat chrome layer highlighting the base of the grill with a little more garnish around the fog lamp enclosures as well. Staying true to the name, the air dam is lined up with perforated honeycomb mesh which is finished in hexagonal shape. The front bumper consists largely of the silver finished skid plate.
The MPV like styling becomes evident from the sides and looks as if it borrowed from the ARIA MPV. The body colored door handles and electrically adjustable ORVM with blinkers, black side cladding with pronounced plastic cladding over the wheel arches makes the car look stylish and attractive. It rides on the 5-spoke 19 inch alloy wheels which are clad with 235/55 size tyres. At the top, the MPV gets a roof rails along with a small antenna placed at the rear. The rear profile looks brilliantly designed with wrap around LED tail lights, brake light mounted on the subtly placed integrated spoiler and fog lamps and reflectors on the blacked out bumper. It gets rear windscreen wiper with rear defogger and provides great visibility to the driver. Moreover, the dual chrome tipped exhausts and ribbed loading lip top it with a rugged touch.
Tata Hexa Interiors
The interiors are going to be an upliftment from the traditional Tata brand as the levels of luxury are going to be a whole lot than previous models. Same would be the case with the space and comfort which will be ubiquitous in the Hexa cabin. The cabin is likely to be available in a choice of 7-seat and 6-seat layout with the latter featuring all 6 captain seats. Leather will be in abundance as the seats and steering wheel both are leather wrapped. The dashboard has a dual tone texture and a few metallic elements thrown in here and there. The steering gets audio and telephony controls while the central console gets a multi-function Connectnext infotainment system, charging point and climate control below that. Decent sized plastic finished glove box has Hexa ingrained over it. The convenience is further increased by the centrally placed armrest and seats which provide decent amount of lateral support with lot of head and legroom. It is probably going to get sizeable door pockets which can hold small water bottles. The captain seats in the second row with an armrest provide the most comfortable seats inside the cabin. The 12V charging slot with separate AC vents is also offered for the second as well as the third row. The 3rd row can be folded down to extract more space than the original of 250 litres
Tata Hexa Dimensions
Tata Hexa is a full size MPV with dimensions of 4788 mm in length, 1903 mm in width and 1791 mm in height. The wheelbase is 2850, so the leg room won’t be an area of concern in the Hexa. The ground clearance is 200 mm to help it sail over potholes and craters, while the turning radius keeping the size in mind is likely to be around 5.4 metres. The fuel tank capacity is 60 litres.
Tata Hexa Features
The Tata Hexa is features galore with the instrument cluster being an MID (multi information display) which has odometer, speedometer, trip meter, tachometer, warning lights, fuel efficiency and distance to empty. Ambient mood lighting uplifts the cabin environment. The centally placed connectnext infotainment system doubles up as parking camera, satellite navigation with AUX, Bluetooth, USB and SD card connectivity. Other than that there are all power windows with one touch operation, steering mounted controls, height adjustable seats with tilt and telescopic steering column, different driving modes offering Auto, comfort, dynamic and rough road which adjusts the cars ergonomics accordingly to maximize fun and comfort whilst minimizing the risk factor.
Tata Hexa Safety Features
The safety aspect has been kept in the mind while designing the upcoming Tata Hexa which has features like 6 airbags wherein dual airbags will be offered as standard, ABS (antilock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution system), brake assist, terrain management system, traction control, ESP (electronic stability program). Over these it has three point ELR seatbelts, parking sensors, side impact beams, crumple zone and adjustable head restraints.
Tata Hexa Engine Specification
Coming to the heart of the Hexa, it holds the same unit that did the duty on the Aria. It is a Varicor 2.2-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine with DOHC and a turbocharger which can pump out a 154 Bhp of power and 400 Nm of torque. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual transmission with the possibility of a 6-speed automatic also making an entry. The vehicle will be offered in front wheel drive as well as all wheel drive options.
Tata Hexa Mileage
As the upcoming Tata Hexa will be powered by a well tried Varicor diesel mill, the Crossover MPV is expected to return fuel economy of 15 to 18 kmpl.
Tata Hexa Competition
The territory that Tata Hexa is going to enter is dominated by the Toyota Innova Crysta and Mahindra XUV 500 which are powerful and feature loaded offerings. Other competitors are going to be Skoda Yeti, Mahindra Scorpio and Honda BR-V.
Tata Hexa Price
It is expected to be priced at a starting price of INR 11 lakh to INR 16 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).