A few days back, speculations were rife that Tata will discontinue its current flagship model, the Hexa after the BSVI emission norms come into effect. The flagship status would be awarded to the upcoming seven-seater Harrier (Cassini) but the main reason behind the discontinuation of the Hexa was said to be the onset of the BSVI norms. Recently though, Tata rubbished all such speculations and released a statement about such reports, calling them purely speculative and that there is no official word from it regarding the Hexa’s discontinuation. Now, a report published in the newspaper BusinessLine dated 18th of July further strengthens the claim made by Tata. The image below, courtesy Team-Bhp, shows the newspaper clipping of the relevant article published on TOI.
As seen in the image here, SN Barman, Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Support, Tata Motors, has said that the Hexa will be available for purchase even after the BSVI emission norms kick in, which will happen from the 1st of April, 2020. SN Barman told BusinessLine:
“My strong belief is that for the bigger diesel cars (1.5 litre engine and above), there is no alternative. If you look at the fuel efficiency per se (for engines above 1.5 litre), it is substantially lower for petrol engines than diesel engines. The running cost on the petrol engine in the bigger cars is always going to be higher than the diesel engine. It makes more sense to have diesel engines during the BS-VI regime as well because one can always recover the additional cost of ₹1-1.5 lakh.”
This is a clear indication that Tata is not going to take back the Hexa anytime soon. The Tata Hexa’s pricing ranges between Rs. 13.26 lakhs and Rs. 18.63 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. It rivals the likes of the Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector, Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and the upcoming Kia Seltos in its segment. It is one of the few offerings in its price range to come with an AWD system. The AWD equipped on the Hexa is made by Borg and Warner which is one of the world’s leading auto OEM manufacturer.
The all-wheel-drive (AWD) system on the Hexa is controlled electronically and comes with a torque-on-demand feature. Talking about the engine and power figures of the Hexa, the crossover is powered by a 2.2-litre turbocharged Varicor 400 engine that comes in two states of tunes. The less powerful state of tune has an output of 148 Bhp power along with 320 Nm of torque. It only comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the higher state of tune variants have a maximum power output of 156 Bhp along with 400 Nm of torque. In this engine state, Tata offers a 6-speed manual gearbox and an automatic gearbox option to choose from.