The Hexa won’t be upgraded to meet the stringent BS6 emission norms.
Tata Motors had showcased the 7-seater Harrier, called the Buzzard at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. A new media report claims that the Tata Harrier 7-seater model will be launched in our market in early 2020. The report further claims that the Tata Buzzard will replace the Tata Hexa, which will be phased out from the market soon. The Hexa won’t be upgraded to meet the stringent BS6 emission norms.
Tata Motors had launched the Hexa SUV in January 2017. The Hexa’s 2.2-litre diesel will not be made available for passenger vehicles post BS6. However, the Tata will upgrade the 2.2-litre diesel to meet the BS6 norms. This engine will be used for commercial applications.
Speaking to AutoCar India, Rajendra Petkar, chief technology officer, Tata Motors said that Tata shares a lot of powertrains between the PVs and CVs. If one powertrain doesn’t make sense in the passenger car, it would be used for the commercial operation. The reason behind this could be that the emission limits for BS6 engines are more stringent for PV applications as opposed to some classes of CVs. Moreover, an engine for commercial vehicle use can be upgraded to new norms at a comparatively lower investment. Also See – Tata Blackbird SUV – top 5 key facts
Due to the upcoming emission norms, Tata Motors will have to phase out the current 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine that powers the Tiago and Tigor. The company will require huge investment to upgrade this engine to meet the BS6 norms. The Tata Harrier 7-seater model has a 62mm longer rear overhang to accommodate a third row of seats. It will be powered by a more powerful, BS6 compliant version of the 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine. This engine is likely to produce over 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic.