The Tata Hexa flagship SUV has been showcased in its production guise at 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle was unveiled as a near production concept at the previous edition of the show. The car on display is the Hexa Tuff, an accessorized variant, which was also on display at the 2016 Auto Expo last month.
In terms of styling, the production-spec Hexa bears no significant change compared to concept. What was essentially the ARIA MPV has been reskinned to look like a SUV. The bold front and rear fascias certainly helped in achieving that. The Hexa Tuff gets smoked accents inside out, a HUD, tyre pressure monitoring system, navigation, etc.
The interior too has been subjected to a comprehensive redesign. The Aria’s outdated dashboard has been replaced by a new one which has a signature multifunction steering wheel, a piano black centre console with touchscreen infotainment system and new color themes. The vehicle is offered with 2+2+3 seating configuration.
Underpinned by a hyrdoformed ladder frame chassis, the Hexa SUV derives its power from the 2.2-litre VARICOR 400 diesel engine which pumps out 156 PS and 400 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission drives the rear wheels. Higher variants are equipped with a 4×4 system.
The final variant lineup has not been discussed by the automaker yet but we expect the Tata Hexa to offer dual airbags and ABS with EBD standard fitments. The car will attempt to achieve what the Aria couldn’t manage – to give a tough time to the Mahindra XUV500.