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Tata Hexa Overview

Tata Motors is currently on a spree to revise its entire portfolio, in order to stop the exponential decline in sales that the Indian automaker is currently experiencing. With the Tiago hatchback already accumulating huge praises from customers and critics, Tata has turned its attention to other upcoming products in its lineup. The Indian origin automaker has been making gradual improvement in their design language, and they are bringing bold and fresh products to the Indian market without hesitation. And the next big thing coming our way is a premium SUV Crossover, christened as the Tata Hexa. What do we know about this Tata crossover? Well, read-on to find out.Check for car loan interest calculator.

Earlier, when Tata Motors showcased the Tata Hexa concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we all knew it would be a replacement of their Tata Aria MPV which didn’t do well in terms of sales in the Indian market. But, at the recently concluded 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, Tata Motors showcased the production version of Tata Hexa, and it took everyone by surprise. The Hexa really impressed us. Rather than being a restyled Aria it came with an individual identity, which made it look a lot different to its stable siblings. The car looks like an MPV in terms of size, but it is actually a stylish and tough looking crossover equipped with the latest off-roading technologies.

Tata Hexa Exterior & Style

Even readers who are only obliquely interested in cars, will still be able to identify the similarities between the new Hexa and the erstwhile Aria. The design of those headlamps you see in the pictures of the Hexa here, the stalked door mirrors, the body side panels and the roofline are all almost entirely carried forward from the Aria. The tailgate is a completely new unit and the tail-lamps are now a much more modern interpretation instead of the thin elongated unit in the Aria, which reminded one of the Indica.

The similarities with the Aria end there. Despite the fact that this one can’t shake off its body style resemblances with the Aria, the Hexa’s design comes across as being quite unique, with a new level of build quality for a Tata vehicle. It is remarkable how Tata designers and engineers have managed to transform what looked like a hulking mess in the Aria, into an appealing, and as we shall see a very driveable, sports style vehicle in the new Hexa. The Hexa seems comfortable in its skin, with some very likeable design features like the signature grille and its humanity line in chrome, smoked effect projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and the redesigned front fender with its large airdam. The design oozes aggression and the new well-made two-tone body-side cladding and 19-inch alloys give the Hexa its sporty stance.

There are more design changes at the rear. A bit of modernity in the floating roof concept with the blacked out C-pillar, the tail-lamps are entirely new units with a horizontal, wraparound design. These lamps are said to sport the first flexible LED tubes connected by a chrome appliqué. Twin exhausts in chrome make the Hexa’s design highlight its power and the dual finish for the rear fender adds more ruggedness to the design.

Tata Hexa Interior & Space

The interiors of the Tata Hexa are truly welcoming; thanks to the all-black cabin with superb finishing that gives the feel of a premium vehicle. The car features piano-back inserts and brushed grey plastic and the effort seems to be towards making the dashboard look cool. However, by utilizing several materials and plastics, it looks like the design is lacking classiness. The steering wheel reminds us of the newer generation cars coming out of Tata’s stable. There are mounted controls for audio, telephony and cruise on the large 4-spoke tilt adjustable steering. Sadly, the steering is only rake adjustable not reach and this is certainly a down considering the price this car falls in.

Tata has really upped the game in terms of advanced features. The Hexa features instrument cluster with two large analogue dials along with a 3.5-inch advanced driver information display resting in between. The driver information display (DIS) give loads of information and one can switch through the information by using stalks on the right hand side of the steering. Coming to the centre console, it has been gracefully divided with the top portion featuring ac vents and chrome accents and below there is a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment unit.

The ConnectNext infotainment with chrome surrounds looks pretty and in fact similar in size fitted in other Tata cars such as Bolt and Zest. But it does the required job as it is loaded with plenty of tech such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The unit also supports plenty of apps including Juke App through which a song playlist can be automatically created to playback desired songs of all the passengers. The ConnectNext app suite also includes NaviMaps for navigation and Tata Smart Remote App for controlling lighting, audio and media screen. The decibels are provided by JBL with 10-speaker setup which is unexpectedly low on output.For Tata Hexa  check Iiitdm

The car features climate control the setup of which sits right below the infotainment. With individual ac vents on the floor-mounted console, the cabin takes no time in cooling. Though the HVAC unit give access to control all the blowers across the cabin, the speed can also be controlled independently via roof-mounted console. Just below the climate controls, there you get 12V charging point, USB/Aux-In connectivity as well as rotary selector for ‘Super Drive Modes’.

The door lock and unlock buttons are placed on the centre console instead of usual driver side door pad so some might feel a bit confusing initially but these things get accustomed with time. Moreover, in case you need to open the individual doors from inside, the only option are the pull-type locks which need some effort. The leather covering with white contrast stitching on the seats lends a nice look and feel. The seats are nicely cushioned and are well bolstered as well. Hop on to the driver’s seat and you will find that it can be adjustable in 8 different ways and also comes with lumbar support. However, the footwell is a bit tight since the central tunnel takes some space invading the room available for the left foot.

At the front, the centre armrest comes handy while the large door pads offer enough space to dump one large bottle along with small knick knacks. Coming to the second row bench seats, they are comfortable as they have fore and aft adjustment and also reclining functionality so that you can sit with your leg crossed. Further, the second row can be split folded in 60:40 ratio while the occupants will also like the side shades which are manually deployable. And just like most 7-seater vehicles, the third row passengers will be least comfortable. The last row can be accessed by tumble folding the second-row seats. Though it has low under-thigh support, adult can sit there for short highway journeys. Another noticeable flaw is that the curtain airbags only extends to the c-pillar that means the passengers at the third row aren’t protected by them.

However, the passengers at the third row do get individual headrests, 3-point seatbelts as well as convenient storage space. The headroom and legroom is just adequate and best for shorter distances as mentioned earlier.With the second and third row seats up, the boot space is 128L which is quite good as compared to cars such as XUV500 which practically gives nothing. Fold the third row seats and it frees up more space while the maximum capacity of luggage is 671L with both second and third row seats folded. Overall, Tata has done a commendable job in terms of providing comfort and practicality in this car.

Tata Hexa Engine & Gearbox

The Hexa’s engine is the same 2.2-litre Varicor 400 diesel engine that is currently available in the top trim Safari Storme. The refined 2,179cc diesel engine is already popular and makes its way into the Hexa in the same state of tune as it is in the Safari Storme. So, the engine generates a peak power of 156PS and a peak torque of 400Nm. Of course, left alone these numbers don’t exactly paint the right picture. The Hexa is almost the same weight as its predecessor (about 2,300kgs) because of the number of new features, even though some weight savings were achieved. But the tuning enables the powertrain to deliver a very peppy performance.

The Hexa is quick off the block and offers enough pulling power all the way till about 4,000 rpm. There is only a hint of turbolag and there is no sense of hesitation or perceived vulnerability even in the way the vehicle behaves on the road. Straight-line stability is excellent and there are electronic aids like ESP and traction control helping correct errors if any wheel slippage is detected. Body roll is still there, inevitable with the suspension also set up for a fairly pliant ride.

The engine is offered with two gearbox options — a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Working your way up the gears is easy in the manual too with most of the torque already available from about 1,500rpm (idling is set at 800rpm). The only crib we’ll have is the slightly rubbery shift feel in the manual gearbox. Surprisingly, the automatic is an excellent gearbox, with perfectly space gears. The auto comes with a sports mode and what Tata calls an auto detect race car mode. The manual gearbox on the other hand has four super drive modes for altering the car’s performance based on the driving surface. The modes are Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road. The Hexa will also be available in 4X2 and 4X4 variants. The all-wheel drive system in the 4X4 is an electronically unit via an adaptive system developed by Borg Wagner. For more information on Tata Hexa check AutoZhop

Tata Hexa Ride & Handling

There isn’t any doubt that the earlier Aria was fully capable of handling bad roads. And the traits can be seen in the successor as well. The 19-inch wheels which are largest in its class are coupled with variable rate dampers offering excellent ride quality. Moreover, the way recalibrated suspension setup dismisses the potholes and other road imperfections is truly commendable. And more rigidity in chassis has helped in fine tuning of the suspension further.

But at the rear, the suspension is much stiffer, this approach is to make the vehicle sportier. And this can be experienced at highways where the car feels totally composed as the suspension work as a cover up for the massive size of the vehicle. However, propelling it hard will increase the body roll. The hydraulic steering is light and vague at high speeds and this is a disadvantage. There is overmuch loose at the centre of steering and as you turn into the corners, it appears to be disconnected. But despite of all the odds, the Hexa is unquestionably the best in terms of ride quality in its class.

Tata Hexa Safety & Security

The Tata Hexa gets plenty of safety features to begin with it gets 6 airbags, in total which includes duel front as well as side and curtain airbags. It further also gets Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Roll-over Mitigation, traction control system, Hill Hold Control (HHC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control etc.

Tata Hexa Price in Pune

Tata Hexa On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 14,98,738 to 22,27,114 for variants Hexa XE 4X2 Downtown Urban EDition and Hexa XT 4X4 respectively. Tata Hexa is available in 7 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Tata Hexa variants price in Pune. Check for Hexa price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Tata Hexa Final Word

Tata Hexa was one of the best products showcased by Tata Motors at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2016. The car comes with a sophisticated touch to keep things balanced. The 6 seater idea is a negative point though, Tata Motors has offered the new Crossover with both 6 seat as well as a 7 seven seating option.. Till now Tata Motors has offered 5 speed manual gearbox in their products, but this is the first time they will provide a 6 speed manual transmission. Apart from that, a six speed automatic gearbox and 4-wheel drive will make things even more interesting.

Tata Hexa currently is available in six different trims such as XE, XM, XT, XMA, XTA and XT 4X4. The pricing for the Hexa starts from Rs. 12.57 lakh and goes up to Rs. 17.97 lakh. Its base model XE is available at the price tag of Rs. 12.57 lakh. The mid-range trim XM and automatic variant XMA are offered at the price tag of Rs. 14.19 lakh and Rs. 15.43 lakh respectively. The Hexa’s top selling variant XT is tagged at Rs. 16.64 lakh while the automatic version XTA is tagged at Rs. 17.8 lakh. The top of the line XT 4X4 is offered at the price tag of Rs. 17.97 lakh, ex-showroom. The mean machine with ticks on all the right boxes is up against the likes of Toyota Innova Crysta, Mahindra XUV 500 and Mahindra Marazzo in the segment.

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