Showcased at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, the Tata Hexa 7 Seater SUV is based on the same platform as the Aria - the car it will replace. With a crossover like design, the vehicle surely looks quite appealing. It features wide and squarish grille, prominent bumper and scuff plates. Scheduled to be rolled out during this year's festive season, the Hexa will challenge Mahindra XUV500, Honda BR-V and other 7-seater SUVs in India. Here are eight interesting things that you should know about the Tata Hexa -
Inputs from Land Rover - Similar to several new age Tata cars, the Hexa has been designed with inputs from Tata Motors' three design studios - UK, Italy and Pune. Tata Motors-owned British Luxury SUV maker - Land Rover - too has given its inputs in the development of the Hexa. Besides the Hexa, the homegrown automaker is also working on an all-new SUV - codenamed Q5 - based on the Land Rover Discovery platform. The Q5 will become the company's flagship SUV upon its launch.
All-Wheel Drive System with multiple driving modes - The Hexa will get the Land Rover's all-wheel drive system. It will also feature Drive mode selector that offers four driving modes - Dynamic, Comfort, Automatic and Rough road, which allows one to adjust suspension and engine settings as per terrain conditions.
High on Safety - The Tata Hexa will come equipped with several advanced safety and security features. It will get ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), Brake Assists, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Traction Control System, Rear Parking Camera with sensors, engine immobilizer and others. While the base model could feature driver and co-passenger side airbags, the top-of-the-line variant is expected to come with six airbags.
A 7-seater rugged SUV - Features such as aggressive bumpers, prominent creases on either sides, flared wheel arches, sculpted bonnet, wide grill and 19-inch alloy wheels give it a rugged look. It will also be one of the better looking SUVs in its segment.
Aria's replacement - The Hexa will come as a replacement to the slow-selling Aria that failed to live up to the company's expectations. With a sportier design, more feature-rich cabin and several segment-leading features, the Tata Hexa can probably generate decent volume for the carmaker.
Premium Interior - The Hexa SUV's cabin will get several premium features like leather covered captain seats with integrated arm-rests, instrument panel with a coloured MID and a touchscreen infotainment system with park assist and navigation, LED illumination for ambient mood lighting, leather wrapped multi-functional steering wheel with controls for audio and Bluetooth telephony.
Powerful Engine - Powering the Tata Hexa is a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder, VARICOR diesel engine that also powers the Aria. However, the engine has been re-tuned to achieve better performance. It comes with a more rigid cylinder block and new turbocharger. This engine is good for 154bhp of power and 400Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Rumour has it that the company might instead launch this SUV with an new 1.9-litre mill with the Hexa. The same engine will also be used for other Tata products.
Dimensions - The Hexa crossover is longer and wider than its closest competitors XUV500 and Innova Crysta. The SUV measures 4,764mm in length, 1,895mm in width and 1,780mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,850mm.
Though the concept showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo was a 6 seater with all captain seats, the production model might come with 7 seats. In the 7 seater version, the third row could be a flat one.
Though the company hasn't commented on its pricing yet, we expect it to be priced quite aggressively against its rivals. It will most probably fall in the price range of Rs 10 lakh - Rs 15 lakh.
The company will roll out the Hexa sometime in October 2016. Exact launch date hasn't been still revealed as of now.