The Tata Hexa is a crossover model manufactured by the Indian car maker, Tata Motors. The new Hexa crossover is based on the Tata Aria and is the car maker’s new flagship crossover model. Tata Motors has employed a highly aggressive design language for the new Hexa which is the result of the collaboration of the company’s design teams in India, the UK and Italy. Apart from international design language, the crossover model also offers high quality interiors along with an array of premium features. Some of the premium features of the all new Tata Hexa that are worth mentioning include projector headlamps, LED tail lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, an advanced JBL audio system with 10 speakers among many others. The crossover is available as an all-diesel model and has been equipped with the 2.2 liter VariCor diesel motor. It is available for sale in the domestic car market of India in a total of six model trims, namely - XE, XM, XMA, XT, XTA and XT 4x4. The prices for the all new Tata Hexa starts at Rs. 11.99 lakhs for the base XE model, and goes up to Rs. 17.49 lakhs for the range topping XT 4x4 variant (all prices, ex-showroom New Delhi)
The Hexa crossover is the second car after the Tata Tiago to be based on Tata Motors’ new design language - Impact. The Hexa is a massive crossover model and has an immense road presence with its highly stylized exterior design. The vehicle gets a massive front grille, stylish swept back projector headlight, wide large central grille and even the fog lamps and LED daytime running lights come with own small grilles to enhance its tough visual appeal. Hexa also comes with very classy 5-spoke 19 inch wheels, which are done in a dual-tone black and polished finish. Overall the Tata Hexa offers a very aggressive stance that is not very common among crossover models.
The Tata Hexa comes with a stylish, premium and well-appointed cabin to match its classy premium exterior design. The India car major has endowed quality materials and very good fit and finish on the entire interiors of the Hexa. The cabin design has been kept neat, classy and premium with the usage of gloss black, chrome and brushed metal finished elements and highlights. The crossover offers comfortable seating arrangement along with a host of premium features which include a touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation system with Bluetooth and smartphone integration support, Juke-Car App, height adjustable multi-functional steering wheel with mounted controls, climate control system, to name a few.
The Tata Hexa being a flagship model has been fully braced with many interesting premium features that include Projector Headlamps, 19 inch Alloys, Faux Skid Plate, Dual Exhaust Pipes, Premium Leather Upholstery, MID for Instrument Console, Touchscreen Infotainment System, 10-Speaker JBL Audio System, All Wheel Drive System by Borg Warner, Super Driving Modes, Ambient Lighting with 8 Color Options, ConnectNext App Control, etc.
The Hexa also offer high level of safety and security and its safety features include 6 Airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), Electronic Brake Pre-fill, Engine Immobilizer, Traction Control, Rear Parking Camera with Active Guideline, Rear Parking Sensors and more.
The Tata Hexa gets powered by the same 2.2 L VariCor diesel engine that is offered in two different states of tune – 150 PS of max power and 320 Nm of top torque for the base model XE, and 156 PS of power and 400 Nm of torque for the top models. While the lower state of tune is offered mated to an efficient 5 speed manual transmission gearbox, the higher state of tune offers a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, the all 4-wheel drive model does not offer a choice of the automatic transmission and for now is only available paired only to a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox, while it is believed that Tata Motors would soon think of offering the top AWD model along with automatic transmission as well at a later date.
Different Drive Modes
The Hexa offers four 'Super Drive' modes, namely Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road. These different drive modes are selectable through a rotary knob that is located on the center console. The Auto mode is a temporary AWD mode which allows the vehicle to adapt itself as per the road surface. It primarily employs Rear Wheel Drive and sends torque to the front wheels when it is required. The Comfort more is purely Rear Wheel Drive mode that the company says focuses on a comfortable drive experience. In this mode, the vehicle is least powerful and is likely to offer best fuel efficiency as a result. This mode is best used for linear drives on expressways or in slow moving traffic situations. The Dynamic mode also a RWD (ear wheel drive) mode, but the engine offers the most powerful performance on this mode and the vehicle feels much more energetic in this mode. The Dynamic mode offers great acceleration and is aimed at offering an engaging drive experience. However, this mode will also return the least fuel economy. The Rough Road mode is meant to deal with the bad road conditions or for off-roading. This mode offers better performance on treacherous road conditions such as loose soil surfaces or slippery road conditions. The Rough Road mode also offers enhanced braking and enhanced off-road acceleration as well.
On the other hand, the AT variant offers Sport and Tiptronic drive modes, while a unique Race Car mode is also offered to offer fun drive experience. The Sport mode offers aggressive performance, while the Tiptronic mode allows the driver to manually shift the gears. The sportier and more dynamic Race Car mode does not have a separate button to turn it on, and works within the Sports mode. As long as the accelerator pedal is hard pressed in the Sport mode, the Race Car mode remains activated, and when the pressure on the accelerator is released, within a few seconds the vehicle returns back to the regular Sport mode.
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