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TATA HEXA: IMPOSING AND CONTEMPORARY

Ever since its first showcase as a concept, the Hexa generated a great amount of excitement from the customers. With the recent changes witnessed in the passenger vehicle segment, the timing was ripe for Tata Motors to make an impact in the UV category. The Hexa is a 7-seater vehicle that has specifications of SUVs while it looks slightly like an MPV, the reason behind that is the MPV is based on the Aria platform. So, does the Tata Hexa have what it takes to breakthrough into the luxury segment and ruffle the feathers of the other vehicles that have already made a mark in this segment? We find out.

Exterior

Tata Motors’ signature IMPACT design philosophy dominates the overall styling of the Hexa. The Hexa has a very mean and intimidating front fascia, with big signature honey comb grill with chrome humanity line, smoked projector headlamps that complement the assertive front fascia and ice cube patterned DRLs which is integrated with the fog lights. Dynamic floating roof dominates the sides providing a contemporary SUV silhouette.

Although the Hexa rides on best-in-class 19- inch alloy wheel, the muscular wheel arches make it look somewhat smaller. The rear end is highlighted by a huge chrome strip running horizontally from one tail light to the other. The tail lamps are rather simple and not very menacing as opposed to the headlights. Tata says the wraparound tail lamps get first-in-India patented flexible LED technology. The dual tone front and rear bumpers give it a distinct look and from that you can notice how big of a vehicle the Hexa is. The rear has been further provided an insightful touch with chrome accented step plates and twin exhaust.

INTERIOR

The Hexa sports an inviting all black interiors with superb finishes and soft touch materials, textures and grains. The sculpted seats are quite nice and provide decent amount of support. The driver’s seat can be 8-way adjustable using horizontal, vertical, angular recline and lumbar controls.

The 2nd row is available with a bench seat, 2nd & 3rd row is also available with multiple folding configurations releasing a maximum of 671 Litre space. The interior also has retractable blinds for 2nd row windows. Coming to the centre, the dashboard looks neatly designed. Following suit, the Hexa also gets ConnectNext Infotainment System by Harman™ with voice recognition and smartphone integration with ConnectNext app suite. The 10 Speaker JBLTM System gets 4 door speakers, 4 tweeters, a centre speaker, sub-woofer and a power amplifier to provide an acoustically tuned experience. The Hexa also has ambient mood lighting in which you can choose 8 colours to light up the footwell of the car.

The Hexa has big glass panels at the rear so that the third row occupants won’t feel clustered while traveling. Tata has also thought about the comfort of the people seated in the third row as they have included A/C vents even at the rear. The middle row occupants have decent amount of leg room and head room, and there is an A/C vent at back of the center arm rest. The inclusion of third row means the boot space will be compromised, however, the third row can be folded down to fit in more luggages but it does not fold down completely flat so it eats up some valuable space and the same goes with the second row of seats. Another important aspect of the interior is the thoughtfully designed utility spaces for all three rows.

PERFORMANCE

Powering the Hexa is the tried and tested 2.2 litre diesel Varicor 400 engine that produces 156 BHP of power @ 4000 RPM and a class leading 400 Nm of torque at the range of @1700 -2700 RPM. The engine has been tweaked to make it even better. The engine is very punchy due to the massive 400 Nm of torque available from as low as 1700 RPM but if you rev the Hexa a little high you can feel that the power tapers off in the higher rev band.

Also, you will hear significant engine noise while driving at higher RPM. The Hexa comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission which can be a little tough at times because we don’t have the roads to engage the gearbox further. The steering feels heavy in lower speeds but lightens up as you climb speed and this gives you added confidence while tacking bends or twisty. Body roll is minimal but that’s not much of an issue. The best part of the Hexa has to be the first-in-class Super Drive modes where one can easily choose between Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road mode depending upon the terrain.

The auto mode which rides on 4X4 mode adjusts as per the vehicle’s needs. The Comfort and the Dynamic modes ride on 4X2 mode. The Rough Road mode feels a lot punchier than the other modes and rides on 4X4 mode. Safety features on the Hexa include 6 Airbags, ESP, ABS with EBD, Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control, Traction Control System and Reverse Parking System.

VERDICT

The Hexa can be a solid package for people looking for a vehicle that can easily accommodate more than 5 people without sacrificing on its on-road and off-road capabilities. While most MPVs don’t have a strong off-road prowess and the 7-seated SUVs that do are highly priced, the Tata Hexa rightly fits into the bill.

 

Available at a price of NPR 77.95 Lakhs, the Hexa is available in the XT 4×4 variant across Nepal.

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