Tata Motors vehicles are known for their solid build quality. On the internet, there are a lot of videos and pictures of their vehicles getting into accidents and keeping the occupants safe. People have been thanking the Indian manufacturer because their car kept them safe. Well, here is a post shared on Facebook by famous ghazal singer, Imthiyas Beegum who had an accident in a Tata Hexa. She shared pictures of the accident and thanked Tata Motors
The Hexa belonged to her friend, she borrowed it because her own car (Toyota Liva) was out for service. The famous ghazal singer and her daughter went to a program. The accident happened at 4 AM when they were returning home from an event in Kozhikode. We can see from the pictures that the exteriors of the Hexa have taken serious damage but the interiors are still in pretty good shape. It looks like there was no damage to the interior of the SUV.
The accident happened near Cherthala when she was overtaking the lorry but the lorry accelerated. It was raining and the roads were wet due to which the tyres of Hexa lost traction and it went out of control. The SUV ended up hitting a lorry that was parked. After the hitting the lorry the Tata Hexa spun couple of times and the rear hit another lorry that was parked on side of the road before coming to a stop. The singer says, she and her child are all safe and she was thankful to the build quality of the Tata Hexa.
Global NCAP Crash tests
The vehicles are tested by NCAP and then they are rated on how they perform in the crash test. The Hexa was never crash-tested by the organization. However, Aria on which the Hexa was based on scored 4 stars in the Europe Crash test.
Other vehicles of Tata Motors have also performed brilliantly in crash tests. Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan have a Global NCAP rating of 4 stars, Nexon which is a compact SUV scored 5 stars and Altroz premium hatchback also got 5 stars. The Harrier and the Safari are not yet rated by the Global NCAP but they have proved their build quality in many severe accidents.
Many people were bummed when Tata discontinued the Hexa. It was a six or seven-seater SUV that was built tough and could take a beating because it was based on body on frame chassis. It came with a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine which was BS4 emission compliant.
The base variant produced 150 PS of max power and 320 Nm of peak torque. It was mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The higher variants were in a higher state of tune. They produced 156 PS of max power and 400 Nm of peak torque. The engine came mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The power was transferred to the rear wheels or a to all the wheels through a 4×4 system.
Hexa Safari Edition
The Hexa never saw light after BS6 emission norms kicked in last year. We have seen test mules of the SUV and Tata Motors even showcased Hexa Safari Edition at the Auto Expo 2020. The Safari Edition came with a new dark green paint job and black alloy wheels. However, Tata Motors never launched the BS6 Hexa in the Indian market and still, there is no official announcement from the manufacturer.