Tata Motors plans to give the Aria a new lease of life through the Hexa. The new vehicle is a tweaked version of the Aria, one that features different looks thanks to the re-sculpted body panels. After this botox job, the Hexa looks more like an SUV than an MPV, and this Tata will be hoping will do the trick. Tata Motors’ new flagship crossover will be launched in early 2016, and the vehicle already seems to be on the road for the pre-launch shoot. So, here it is, the production version of the Tata Hexa, in the flesh.
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The Hexa will use the 2.2 liter Varicor turbo diesel engine in 156 Bhp-400 Nm state of tune, thereby becoming the most powerful Tata car ever sold in India. 6 speed manual and automatic gearboxes will be on offer, and an all wheel drive system will make it to the top trims.
A high ground clearance, seating for 7 adults and an advanced infotainment system will be offered on the top-of-the-line Tata car. The Hexa will be positioned as a luxury crossover that can take a fair amount of the rough stuff thanks to the ladder frame construction.
In terms of safety features, apart from the customary ABS+EBD and 3 point seat belts, the crossover is expected to get a full complement of 7 airbags, ESP and traction control. All these safety aids are par for the course given how large the Hexa is.
Pricing was one aspect that left the Aria “dead-on-arrival”. With the Hexa, Tata Motors is expected to do a Zest with the pricing. The automaker needs to position its flagship vehicle as a compelling “value for money” proposition considering how well entrenched the competition (read the Mahindra XUV500 and the Hyundai Creta) is.