Edit – The Tata Hexa Crossover concept has been unveiled at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. From the looks of it, the crossover is a re-fashioned Tata Aria. The interiors look top notch, and the 2.2 liter diesel engine is uprated to 154 Bhp-400 Nm. A six seat layout is a unique feature of this vehicle. Don’t miss the image gallery lined up below.
Tata Motors will debut the Hexa Crossover concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, due to kick off later today. The Hexa Crossover is a 6 seater, in a three row arrangement, and perhaps could reflect the future of the dismal selling Tata Aria. This line of though is bolstered by the fact that the Hexa concept will use the 2.2 liter-4 cylinder VARICOR turbo diesel engine in a higher state of tune. It remains to be seen whether the new crossover from Tata will take the monocoque body route given that the automaker has never ventured into uni-body territory on its utility vehicles. The Hexa is due for a 2016 launch, leaving the automaker around 18 months to take the concept to the production line.
If the ladder frame chassis is retained, the rear wheel drive layout is also expected to be standard fare. The Hexa is lined up for 2016, giving Tata Motors little time to develop a vehicle ground up. It is for this reason we believe that the Hexa is essentially a new top for the Tata Aria, even as the automaker seeks to undo the travails of the latter. We’ve seen this strategy being used to successful effect on the Tata Bolt, which is essentially a re-skinned Indica Vista, albeit with heavy revisions and refinements to the mechanicals, design and other aggregates. The Zest compact sedan is another successful example of the age old X1 platform being reinvented for something brand new and exciting.
Also, the speculative render of the Hexa makes the crossover concept look like a redesigned Aria. Meanwhile, the 6 speed automatic transmission that Tata Motors is testing on the Aria and the Safari Storme is likely to find expression on the Hexa, along with higher states of tune for the 2.2 liter diesel motor.
Aria and Safari Storme test mules with outputs of up to 160 Bhp-400 Nm are already doing the testing rounds in and around Pune. With that, the Hexa could feature a similar state of tune, thereby getting elevated above its immediate competition, read the hot selling Mahindra XUV500.
Other details about the new crossover from Tata will be revealed at the motor show, one of the foremost of such events in the world. Apart from the Hexa, the other big unveil from Tata Motors will be that of the high performance Bolt hatchback, which will have a turbo petrol engine capable of outputting 120 Bhp. The Bolt equipped thus will be the most powerful hatchback in the Indian car market’s sub-10 lakh rupee category, heralding Tata Motors’ performance sub-brand.