Tata Hexa records a significant mark in the history of Mumbai-based manufacturer as it’s the flagship product at premium price tag
Another crowd gatherer and most significantly a production-spec model that Tata Motors showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 was the Hexa crossover. The Tata Hexa packs the necessary looks and equipment to take the fight to established rivals like Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano and could become the breakthrough offering the charismatic Indian brand has been seeking for with its new design philosophy and aggressive product strategies.
Since the Hexa is a crossover with people-carrier stance, Tata will be positioning it right up against some of the variants of the Toyota Innova Crysta as well. The potent premium MPV doesn’t have a direct rival as the home-grown manufacturer targets considerable sales from the untapped segment. The Hexa induces a fresh breath of life into Tata’s product lineup and is positioned as the flagship vehicle. Its design language will be highly influential for the upcoming range of new Tata products as well.
Designed by the same team with Indian and overseas expertise as the Tiago hatchback, the Hexa is the first SUV crossover to be manufactured in consultation with the Tata-owned luxury off-roading Utility Vehicle specialist Land Rover. Based on the all new X2 platform revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Hexa follows the path led by Indica, Indigo Manza and Aria as the respective product’s Prima, Elegante and Xover concepts were brought to the daylight in the previous editions of the Swiss motoring exhibition.
It is claimed to have better NVH level, optimised suspension package for better body control, several first-in-class features, advanced technologies and sculpted seats with high density foam offering the best-in-class third row seats. Tata Motors’ latest Tiago hatchback has been doing good sales numbers since its launch and is the volume seller of late. The Hexa is expected to make such a significant impact like the Tiago has been encountering. We take a look into the crossover’s known lethal weapons in its armoury and all the launch details given below:
Tata Hexa India Launch and Price:
The Tata Hexa crossover entered Indian market officially on January 18. With bookings opened from last November onwards, it has been competitively priced against the Mahindra XUV500, Toyota Innova Crysta and Hyundai Creta. Tata has quoted Rs. 11.99 lakh for the base XE variant and Rs. 17.49 lakh for the range-topping XT 4X4.
Price List for all six Tata Hexa variants (all ex-showroom, Delhi) as follows:
|Hexa XE 4×2 MT||Rs 11.99 lakh|
|Hexa XM 4×2 MT||Rs 13.85 lakh|
|Hexa XMA 4×2 AT||Rs 15.05 lakh|
|Hexa XT 4×2 MT||Rs 16.20 lakh|
|Hexa XTA 4×2 AT||Rs 17.40 lakh|
|Hexa XT 4×4 MT||Rs 17.49 lakh|
Tata Hexa Engine, Performance and Mileage:
Under the bonnet, the Texa Hexa derives power from the 2.2-litre four-cylinder VARICOR 400 diesel motor which is good enough to develop a peak power output of 156 PS at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of maximum torque between 1,700 and 2,700 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed synchromesh manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic gearbox with an electronically controlled adaptive all-wheel drive system comprising torque–on-demand feature from Borg Warner. The TOD helps in better traction by sending power to front wheels if and when needed.
Only the manual ‘box allows for Sports Mode and auto-sensing ‘race car performance’ with manual shifting. With two wheel drive system as standard, the driver can choose from first-in-segment four driving modes available in the Hexa: Dynamic, Automatic, Comfort and Rough Road. The diesel motor could return an approximate mileage of 13 kmpl. The different driving modes will be provided only in the manual versions. The lower variants will get VARICOR 320 2.2L diesel making 150 hp and 320 Nm and comes paired with five-speed manual only.
Tata Hexa Exterior & Dimensions:
Built on the modified Aria platform, the visual features are newly designed 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, flatter bonnet, honeycomb mesh grille, trapezoidal front airdams, a chrome slat underneath the grille running towards the headlights, projector headlamps, rear-mounted spoiler, body coloured door handles, blackened pillars, turn indicators on wing mirrors, Hexa badges behind C-pillar, side body cladding, new LED tail lamp cluster, twin-exhaust pipes and dual-tone bumper with aluminium skid plates.
Developed on the brand’s new Impact design philosophy as Tiago, Kite 5 and Nexon, the Tata Hexa measures about 4,788 mm in length, 1,903 mm in width and 1,791 mm in height and comes with a wheelbase of 2,850 mm. It boasts 200 mm ground clearance and has 60 litres of fuel tank capacity.
The kerb weight is rated at 2,280 kg and it rides on 19-inch rims with 235/55 section tyres. It gets front double wishbone type suspension with coil springs and coil spring type 5 link rigid axle suspension at the rear. Tata Motors has sourced parts from around the world to make it a global product. The suppliers are based in U.S, Germany, France, Austria, China, South Korea and Indonesia which includes Delphi, Borg Warner, PPS, ZF, Bosch, Kurz, Fuyao, Wollsdorf, Pitxcell and LG among others.
Tata Hexa Interior and Features:
The six-seater people carrier accommodates for (2+2+2) configuration and comes equipped with an instrument panel with Multi-information colour display, a touchscreen infotainment system with rear camera provision, voice recognition and navigation functions along with circular dials and. The dual tone finish on the inside has white and black colours with contrasting stitching, LED illumination for ambient mood lighting, leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming, etc.
The Juke Car app creates virtual network through mobile hotspot and shares music in real time while Navimaps mirrors the mobile navigation on touchscreen and has offline ability. You can change mood lighting, media, radio and audio via Tata Smart Remote and Smart Manual provides interactive digital manual with voice assistance. Emergency assist, service booking and expense tracking can be done through Service Connect. As for the entertainment, it gets 10-speaker JBL audio system with 320 Watt DSP amplifier and subwoofer. The system is tuned and certified by Harman/JBL Golden Ear certified global acoustic expert.
Tata Hexa Safety Features:
The safety features on the Hexa crossover are as follows: six airbags, ABS(Anti-lock Braking System), EBD(Electronic Brake-force Distribution), new-gen ESP (Electronic Stability Program), traction control, brake assist, anti-theft alarm, auto headlamps, hill assist and descent control, rear parking sensor and camera and engine immobilizer among several other technologies.
Tata Hexa Key Rivals:
It will take on current segment leader Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano in the hotly-contested SUV division but the main rival will always be the Toyota Innova Crysta.