Tata Hexa Overview
Tata Motors is currently on a spree to revise its entire portfolio, in order to stop the exponential decline in sales that the Indian automaker is currently experiencing. With the Tiago hatchback already accumulating huge praises from customers and critics, Tata has turned its attention to other upcoming products in its lineup. The Indian origin automaker has been making gradual improvement in their design language, and they are bringing bold and fresh products to the Indian market without hesitation. And the next big thing coming our way is a premium SUV Crossover, christened as the Tata Hexa. What do we know about this Tata crossover? Well, read-on to find out.
Earlier, when Tata Motors showcased the Tata Hexa concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we all knew it would be a replacement of their Tata Aria MPV which didn’t do well in terms of sales in the Indian market. But, at the recently concluded 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, Tata Motors showcased the production version of Tata Hexa, and it took everyone by surprise. The Hexa really impressed us. Rather than being a restyled Aria it came with an individual identity, which made it look a lot different to its stable siblings. The car looks like an MPV in terms of size, but it is actually a stylish and tough looking crossover equipped with the latest off-roading technologies. Tata Hexa in Tryaldrive.
The all new Tata Hexa looks sporty and muscular, yet stylish. Not only at the exterior, but the interior too get plenty of attractive features which are luxurious and provide a new-age character to this upcoming Tata Crossover.
Tata Hexa Exterior & Style
ven though it replaces an MPV, the Hexa doesn’t look like one. Tata has given it a muscular and aggressive styling. The bonnet is heavily sculpted, there are smoked out projector headlamps, the grille is wide & highlighted with chrome and the bumper integrates LED daytime running lights. You will notice flared wheel arches on the side profile along with the neat looking 19-inch alloy wheels. These are the biggest wheels available in this segment. The black cladding adds to the rugged appeal of the Hexa.
The side profile might remind you of the Aria with its silhouette but Tata has cleverly reworked some details to cover the MPV proportions. The rear profile gets a heavy dose of chrome on the tail gate with LED tail lights while the bumper gets a skid plate and dual exhaust setup. The tail section might look a tad simple compared to the rest of the styling but it will grow on you with time.
Tata Hexa Interior & Space
The Indian automaker has spent a lot of time in making the cabin of the Hexa comfortable, convenient, premium and appealing. You need to climb into the cabin since it has a healthy 208 mm of ground clearance. Surprisingly the interiors feel very plush in this Tata. The instrument cluster gets a big multi-information display. The height adjustable and leather wrapped steering wheel integrates controls for the infotainment system and cruise control system. It doesn’t offer push button start/stop feature but there are automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. The overall quality, fit and finish feels great and there is good attention to detail inside the cabin.
The centre console comes with a neatly integrated ConnectNext infotainment system which is designed by Harman. It offers a 10-speaker JBL audio system including a sub-woofer and power amplifier. The sound quality is super rich and unrealistic for this segment. There is a 5-inch touch screen display that offers good touch quality but is a tad small in size. It comes with extensive smartphone integration with ConnectNext Apps. These apps let you access navigation, create a mobile hotspot for sharing music, change the mood lighting of the car with 8 colour options and access the digital manual of the car. However, these apps are only available for Android devices for now. Other features of the infotainment include USB, AUX, Bluetooth connectivity along with voice recognition, navigation, on-screen SMS display, SMS readout and rear view camera display with parking guidelines.
The Tata Hexa comes with automatic climate control and dual air conditioning for the front and rear passengers. For quick cooling in all three rows, it gets rear AC vents on the floor console and on the B and C pillars. The seats are very comfortable and supportive having ideal cushioning for your back and under-thigh support. There is an option of captain and bench seats for the second row. The legroom and headroom is excellent even for the tall passengers. You get window blinds in the second row that adds to the comfort in bright sunlight. The third row of seats are practical as well but on long drives it might get a bit tight for adults. You get power sockets for all three rows. There is ample amount of storage spaces in the car to keep the cabin neat and tidy. All three rows get bottle holders while the last row gets an additional cooled compartment. The seats are very flexible so you can fold down the third and second row of seats to enhance the luggage space.
Tata Hexa Engine & Transmission
The Tata Hexa is offered with just one diesel engine which in this case is the 2.2-litre four-cylinder unit producing 153.8bhp/400Nm of torque. This can be had with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic and in the case of the former you also get a torque-on-demand all-wheel drive system. First the manual- Despite the high torque figure, there is noticeable turbo lag under the 2000rpm mark and it is after this point that the engine pulls nicely quite close to the redline. The torque has been spread out in such manner that there is a strong mid-range. Consequently, out on the highway, you need to switch to sixth gear only once you cross the 110kmph mark. The downside to the manual is that the gearbox is notchy and the shifts feel imprecise, especially when you need to go into reverse. Check for Tata Hexa in ieso2013.in
The automatic, does a much better job getting off the line as well as minimising the turbo lag. It shifts at different rpms depending on the throttle input and is intuitive to change down when you need to make a quick overtake. It also comes fitted with a feature which learns your driving style and ensures that there is minimal delay between throttle input and engine response. However, it does not get the driving modes that are offered with the manual. The manual variant also gets the option of four driving modes each of which alters the throttle response. They are auto mode, comfort mode, dynamic mode and rough road mode and you can learn more about them here.
Tata Hexa Driving Dynamics
Tata Motors is known to offer fantastic ride quality right from the Tiago hatchback up to the Safari Storme. Same is the case with the Hexa, it just glides over the bumps and potholes. Be it low speeds or highway speeds, the cabin gets minimal vertical movement and thanks to the excellent damping, the thuds are not loud and clunky. The Hexa is a heavy car and it has some body roll when you push it around the curves but the roll is not as pronounced as the Safari because it isn’t as top heavy. The steering is lighter than the Storme and feels predictive. The Hexa is a capable off-roader too, comes with AWD torque on demand system that offers great traction on slippery conditions and the 208 mm ground clearance further helps it clear the obstacles easily. There is Hill Hold Assist and Hill Descent Control to take care of the rest. The Hexa comes with all-wheel discs along with ABS as standard that offers fantastic stopping power with tactile pedal bite.
Tata Hexa Safety & Security
The Tata Hexa gets plenty of safety features to begin with it gets 6 airbags, in total which includes duel front as well as side and curtain airbags. It further also gets Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Roll-over Mitigation, traction control system, Hill Hold Control (HHC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control etc.
Tata Hexa On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 14,64,638 to 21,25,965 for variants Hexa XE and Hexa XT 4X4 respectively. Tata Hexa is available in 7 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Tata Hexa variants price in Bangalore. Check for Hexa price in Bangalore at Carzprice.
Tata Hexa Verdict
Has Tata done enough with the Hexa to let it succeed? We think so as this car has everything expected from a vehicle in the segment. It lacks things like keyless start, proper front storage spaces and is quite massive in terms of length- an issue that will pop up for parking space starved city dwellers. But on the positive side the feature list is comprehensive; it is quite spacious, has solid road presence and will let you go to most places without thinking twice. For the Hexa to now completely succeed Tata must price it in such a way that it undercuts its main rival- the Mahindra XUV500 variant-for-variant. Given the price range that we believe it will exist in, the Hexa is also a competitor for the range of D-segment sedans.