Tata Motors is inching closer to the launch of its new flagship SUV, Hexa. The Hexa, in its production form, made its debut at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. It is the replacement of the Aria, and Tata’s second chance at cracking the premium crossover segment. Some of the Aria’s styling cues has been retained but has been made more rugged and premium with black plastic cladding, projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, roof rails, chrome embellishments and chrome-plated dual exhaust tailpipes. The Hexa measures 4,764 mm in length, 1,895 mm in width and 1,780 mm in height, and has 2,850mm of ground clearance. Inside, it has an all black interior with piano black and silver embellishers. Some of the confirmed equipment include an ESP (electronic stability program), 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, optional 6-seat configuration with captain seats, Harman touchscreen infotainment system, leather upholstery with twin-needle stitching, mood lighting and 6 airbags. The SUV will be powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder VARICOR diesel engine, which is tuned to generate 154bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 400Nm of torque at 1,700 to 2,700rpm. The engine will be mated to the choice of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission in question is expected to be an AMT unit. Hexa will also feature four driving modes — Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road.
The price of Hexa is expected to start at Rs 12.5 lakh and it will go up against Toyota Innova Crysta, Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner in India.