Tata’s current flagship model, the Hexa is a pretty rugged crossover style vehicle and even gets an AWD version. While it is not meant for extreme off-road usage, the Hexa can manage fairly well when pitched on the rough terrain. Tata’s other SUV, the Harrier, does not get a 4×4 or even an AWD system as of yet and comes only with a front wheel drive drivetrain. The upcoming Cassini may come with an AWD or 4×4 option but until then, the Hexa is the flagship vehicle of the Tata capable of handling the rough terrain well. The video below by Sumitro shows how well the Hexa can manage when going through off-road terrain. Let’s take a look a the video before proceeding further.
As seen in the video, the Hexa tackles all the challenges thrown at it without any external help. At first, it goes into a muddy slush at slow speeds and gets stuck. However, it gets out easily on its own after a bit of rocking. Next, it again goes through the same slush pool but this time with more momentum and speed and crosses the challenge easily. The Hexa is then pitted against similar challenges and comes out of them easily. The last off-road shot shows the Hexa sliding around a wet irregular patch of soil effortlessly. It almost seems like it is drifting its way across the muddy terrain coolly.
The Hexa here is the XT 4×4 variant, which comes equipped with Borg Warner all-wheel drive (AWD) system controlled electronically with torque on demand feature. This means, that in the event of slippage on any of the wheels, power is transferred to the wheels with the most traction. The adaptive drive system is augmented with a limited-slip differential on both the axles that really helps during challenging situations. The engine on the Hexa XT 4×4 is a 2.2-litre Varicor 400 engine that develops a maximum power of 154 Bhp along with 400 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and though Tata offers automatic transmission as an option on other variants, the XT 4×4 gets the manual unit only in true enthusiast fashion.
The Tata Hexa starts at Rs. 13.16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base XE variant and goes all the way up to Rs. 18.53 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top of the line XT 4×4 variant, which is the one that is featured in the video here. In its segment, it faces rivalry from the likes of the Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, Toyota Innova Crysta and Tata’s own Harrier. In the coming time, it will get another formidable rival in the form of the MG Hector and later the Tata Cassini. What plans Tata has for the Hexa in future is something that remains to be seen.