Tata Motors has announced its strong presence in the market with the launch of its flagship SUV, the all new Tata Hexa. After the failure of Tata Aria, Tata Safari did not perform as well as the company would have expected it to, thus acting as a huge set back of the company.
However, the company has turned the tables on its side with the introduction of the Tata Hexa, which had already created a lot of buzz months before its official launch. Reason? Tata Hexa is feature rich up to its brim. And when the company launched the SUV, its aggressive pricing only added to the buzz.
In case you are planning to get the Hexa as your next vehicle, here’s the top 10 things about the SUV that you should know before you buy it.
Tata Aria redesigned
Thebasics of the exteriors of Tata Hexa is borrowed from the Tata Aria platform. Tata Motors marks the Hexa as an “Impact” designed SUV and had its design team from India, UK and Italy to work on making the SUV a masterpiece. The front profile features a large grille with a strip of chrome running across horizontally, connecting the projector headlamps on both the sides. Overall, the Hexa looks like a complete muscular package just like the Aria.
All terrain SUV
TheTata Hexa comes with 19-inch wheels with 5-spoke alloys. It is equally capable of being a great all terrain SUV with a high ground clearance and an all-important AWD (allwheel drive). Moreover, the Borg Warner system of AWD can help shift 25 to 40 per cent of torque to the front wheels to get out of sticky terrains.
Multiple driving modes
TheTata Hexa gets a host of different drive modes for both the manual gearbox as well as automatic gearbox trims. The manual transmission gearbox variant gets Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road drive modes while the automatic transmission trims gets Economy, Sports and Automatic Sensing Race Car Performance mode along with an option where the driver can choose the gears manually. For manual trim, Comfort and Dynamic modes will use torque on demand AWD. The Auto and Rough Road mode will be an all-time AWD with the latter making more power at low engine revs.
Theinteriors of the Tata Hexa look premium all around. The all black colour tone of the interior renders sporty feel with soft material. The seats are covered with premium upholstery. The cabin is extremely spacious in all the three rows and has ambient mood lighting. There are AC vents with automatic climate and speed control for all the three rows.The driver’s seat is adjustable into eight ways including horizontal, vertical and angular control.
Advanced Infotainment system
TheTata Hexa gets a touchscreen infotainment system on the dashboard along with navigation. Smartphone connectivity is integrated with ConnectNext app suite as the popular Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are given a miss completely. The audio system includes an 8-speaker JBL speakers, a center speaker, sub-woofers and a power amplifier managing them. Moreover, there is a JukeBox app integration to allow you to play your collection of songs.
Tata Safari engine at heart
The Tata Hexa is run by the same engine that powered the Tata Safari. The 2.2-litre four cylinder VARICOR turbocharged diesel engine. The base entry level XE variant makes a power of 148 bhp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm, while the other variants produce a maximum power of 154 bhp and a peak torque of 400 Nm. The transmission options include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The buyers who choose manual transmission trim will get an option to choose between rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.
Customizable add-on kits
The Tata Hexa is offered with three different customisable add on kits – Tuff, Expedition and Luke kit. The buyers opting for the Tuff kit will get add on features like additional body cladding, roof top box, wireless charger with a tray in the centre armrest of the front passenger seat, a tyre pressure monitor, head up display and car mat. These additional features will cost the customers Rs. 1.3 lakh more than the base price. The second kit is the Expedition kit which will offer root platform with LED light bar, foldable canopy, waterproof luggage bag, a puddle lamp and a shovel. The final Luke kit is the most flashy among the three. This kit will include some side mouldings and trim bits on the light cluster, illuminated front logo, and chrome handles for doors. The kit will also get a charging pad and a chiller box inside the cabin.
The Tata Hexa is very much filled with safety features like ESP with traction control, six airbags, four channel ABS with EBD, automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers.
Priced to kill
The Tata Hexa is priced to kill. With a wide range of features, powerful engine, customisable kits, great after sale service and a wide range of consumer benefits, the flagship Tata SUV comes at an unbelievable price starting from Rs. 11.99 lakhs.
Better than competitors
The Tata Hexa is thrown against the primary competition of Mahindra XUV 500 and the InnovaCrysta. However, consider the pricing of these cars, Hexa seems to have almost won the battle, especially in terms of value for money. It is left to be seen whether the Tata delivers the kind of service it promises to come out a champ among all the contemporary SUVs and MPVs.
The Tata Hexa has brought about a revival in the company’s reputation. The SUV has already succeeded in the initial phase and has received an overwhelming response. Although Tata is yet to reveal the exact figures, but if sources are to be believed, the Hexa SUV has already received over 3,000 bookings within the first week of launch, and that’s just the beginning.