The production version of the Tata Hexa 7-seater was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo earlier this month. The Indian automaker’s flagship vehicle world premiered at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in the form of a concept.
The production version pretty much carries forward all the design cues that were found on the concept. The Hexa is essentially a heavily refurbished and repositioned Aria which didn’t quite manage to excite the prospective premium MPV buyers in India or abroad.
Tata’s designers, under the leadership of Pratap Bose, have done a good job of transforming the MPV into an SUV with the usage of a rugged front and rear fascias. Styling highlights include new sweptback headlamps, bold honeycomb grille, bumper-mounted foglights with integrated LED daytime running light strips, black lower body cladding, silver skid plate, dual-tone alloy wheels, angular taillights, silver diffuser and a thick chrome strip on the tailgate.
The interior too is revamped compared to the Aria. The new dashboard carries signature multifunction Tata steering wheel, revised instrument console and a new centre console with a touchscreen infotainment system from Harman. The seating configuration is identical to that of the Aria.
Power comes from the existing 2.2-litre VARICOR 400 diesel engine that is available in the top-end Safari Storme. The oil burner is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission to develop 154 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. The drive is sent to the rear wheels in lower variants and to all the four-wheels in the higher variants. The car is underpinned by a hydroformed ladder frame chassis.
In terms of features, the Tata Hexa is equipped with 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, projector headlamps, alloy wheels, automatic climate control, reverse parking camera and so on. The car will be launched in India shortly, before going on sale in several international markets.
Tata Hexa TUFF – Photos
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