The Indian auto major, Tata, launched Hexa, a tweaked version of Aria on January 18. Hexa was unveiled at the Geneva Motor show in 2015 and first showcased to the Indian public at the 2014 Auto Expo. The newly christened SUV, Hexa, is developed
with the Land Rover division and is likely pitted against Mahindra XUV500 and Toyota Innova Crysta. The test drive of Hexa has already begun at the authorized dealers. Hexa is estimated to be priced anywhere between Rs 10-15 lakhs.
Engine & Transmission
A well modified 2.2 litre, VARICOR diesel engine will be under the hood with a six-speed manual gearbox transmission to deliver the maximum power of 154 Bhp along with 400 Nm of peak torque. The same engine was previously mated to Safari Storme. Hexa will also provide a 6-speed automatic transmission option on offer. There will also be an All Wheel Drive setup along with ‘Super Driving Modes’: Auto, Dynamic, Comfort, and Rough Road. Hexa is 4788mm in Length,1900mm wide and 1785mm in height. Expected mileage in city and highways is 12 kmpl and 18 kmpl respectively.
Hexa interiors ensemble an all-black finish with major design trends taken from Zest and Bolt models. The SUV provides a six-seat configuration with a spacious cabin and also feature captain seats for the middle rows. The manufacturers have induced major features straight from the Zest cabinet including audio mounted steering in black finish with silver accents. Seats are nicely stitched to add premium-ness and comfort with premium Benecke-Kaliko upholstery.
There is 5'inch Harman Infotainment system with voice command that works perfectly and is very responsive. The hunk looking Hexa also comes with 10 speaker JBL system for theatre-like experience in the cabin. A Fabric lined roof with A/C vents for the second and third-row passengers comprises the goodies in the cabin. A fast USB Charger is also provided in the cabin.
The designers have tried to give Hexa a newer look but one cannot neglect Hexa resemblance to Aria in the exterior profile. The cladding in the wheel has a Range Rover Evoque in the curve which hints the active participation from the Land Rover team of designers and engineers. New Bonnet seems to be flatter and the grille seems similar in profile to that offered in Aria. Hexa comes with disc brakes at the front and rear.
The most appealing part in the front is the fog lamp that spotlights the LED daytime running lights. The bumper is given a dual-tone paint with new shaped reflectors. When it comes to the rear end, horizontal tail lamps add a lot of character to the rugged SUV. There is also a spoiler at the back of Hexa. Hexa comes with 19-inch alloy wheels.
Safety has been a top priority with 6 airbags and electronic stability control feature inside this muscular looking Hexa. Also added to the feature list is the projector beam automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control gives the driver a much-needed control while driving in the up-hills. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is included for driving stability. Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) comes as standard in the Hexa SUV.