Tata Motors has unveiled the production-ready Tata Hexa SUV at Auto Expo 2016. The Hexa was first introduced to the public eye in the form of a concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Tata Hexa is based on the same platform as the Aria but unlike its sibling, looks a proper 4×4. The masculine appearance is built around Tata’s new IMPACT design philosophy; the first example of which is the upcoming Zica hatchback. The SUV has dimensions of 4,764 mm, 1,895 mm and 1,780 mm in length, width and height respectively. It also has a wheelbase of 2,850 mm which should afford it a spacious cabin.
The bold front section features a dual-hexagonal-patterned front grille that also incorporates a chrome humanity line. The large radiator grille is accentuated with a silver outline finish fringed by rugged-looking foglamps and LED strips. The headlights are projector units with distinctive LED DRLs that have been given a smoked appearance to match the upper grille. The rugged look is imparted by the use of prominent wheel arches, lower body cladding, roof rails and bash plates on both ends. Other design highlights are the floating roof, dual exhausts, two-part wraparound tail lamps and 19-inch machine-cut alloy wheels.
The cabin comes with a new dashboard design and steering wheel. The interior gives off a premium feel with better quality materials and a satin-chrome finish around the AC vents, centre console and door trims. The contoured seats are wrapped in leather with accentuated bolsters for a comfortable drive. The console houses a 5.0-inch Harman touchscreen infotainment system that supports USB, iPod, aux, Bluetooth and SD Card. Audio system is from JBL consisting of 10 speakers with subwoofer and amplifier. Tata Hexa will also be lavished with features such as rearview camera, ambient lighting, Smart USB charging ports, cruise control and 8-way adjustable driver’s seat.
Under the hood, there will be a 2.2-litre Varicor 400 diesel engine producing 154 hp at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque available between 1,700 to 2,700 rpm. Transmission options will be either a 6-speed manual or automatic units. The Hexa will come with four drive modes namely Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road.
As far as safety is concerned, the SUV will be equipped with systems such as Corner Stability Control, six airbags, ABS, EBD, Traction Control System (TCS), Engine Drag Control System and Vehicle Dynamic Control.
There is no word yet on when the Tata Hexa will be available in showrooms. It was showcased at the Expo alongside the Tata Nexon compact SUV and an upcoming compact sedan.