Tata’s initial attempt in the premium MUV market was not a great success with the the Aria. The never dying attitude of Tata Motor’s was the reason behind the birth of the brand-new Hexa. The car is the second attempt of the Tata motors in the segment and the company has worked real hard to bring a product of this stature to the market. We did spend some time with the Hexa and here is what we think about the latest SUV from Tata.
Even though the Hexa carries vague resemblance to the Aria, the car car looks very fresh and muscular. Tata calls it a seven seater SUV but it still has MUV inspired looks, which Tata explains as a much more practical design than the stereotype SUV design with dropping roof line and a longer bonnet.
The SUV has been designed in the Tata Design Studios situated at Italy, UK and India. The Hexa gets a very beefed up looks. Up front there are big wrap around headlights, chrome lip under the grille, aluminum sills, plastic cladding all around, clamshell bonnet, dual tone bumpers and much more.
From the side, the 19-inch machined alloy wheels with flattened D-pillar give a very muscular look to the vehicle while the heavy crease along the body makes the Hexa very intimidating on the road. The rear gets LED tail-lamps with dual exhausts and chrome muffler.
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The Hexa is very premium from the inside. The car gets a long list of features and offers luxury features. The dashboard is made out of leather, soft plastic, chrome inserts, piano finish and an advanced 5-inch touch screen infotainment system developed by Harman.
Seats get faux leather shrouds and front two seats also get lumbar support adjustment. All the three rows get dedicated ac vents and charging points. The Hexa is very roomy. The last seats are better than the other cars in the segment but anyone who is taller will find it difficult to fit in the last bench seat. The second row seat will also get a fast charging USB port, a first time in the segment.
The infotainment system comes with as many as 10 speakers from JBL and they really transform the ambience of the car. Touch-screen system can be controlled by apps provided by Tata motors for android smart phones.
The Hexa is powered by 2.2-litre Varicor 400 diesel engine. The four-cylinder diesel engine produces a maximum of 156 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 400 Nm from 1,700 to 2,700 rpm.
The 6-speed manual transmission is standard while the car also gets 6-speed automatic transmission from ZF, which is very advanced and undoubtedly, the best one in the segment.
Is it worth the wait?
Tata has rose the level of their cars with the Tiago but the Hexa is at a different level altogether. The fit and finish, the features and the quality is a something that can’t be expected from the cars of Tata brand. The company has put much effort and each small effort shows. The SUV will be launched in January and it sure is worth the wait if Tata prices it right, just like they have done with the Tiago.