The Tata Hexa in the video below looks like every other SUV bearing that name on the road today. However, if you look more closely, you’ll notice the black headliner inside the SUV. The reason for the black headliner becomes apparent once you get inside this Hexa and look up and find yourself looking at a Rolls-Royce style lit-up headliner by pressing a button. This headliner for the roof is the work of Mumbai-based youtuber Vinay Kumar.
While there are many options available for installing these Rolls-Royce style headliners on cars, they require quite a bit of wiring work to be done, which could void your warranty. Vinay Kumar’s solution which is called Stargazer (Rolls-Royce calls its fibre-optic implementation Starlight) is a plug and play unit which works when connected to the 12V socket of your car.
Vinay Kumar’s solution is also perhaps the most affordable option and calls for a blacked out roof, which his team do for every car that they install the headliner on. Prices for the Stargazer headliner and black roof installation start at Rs 23,000 for the unit with 250 LED and the black roof. The next option sports 400 LED lights and costs Rs 35,000. The third option gets 600 LED lights on the headliner and costs 43,000. The next option features 1,200 LEDs which comes in at Rs 50,000. The top-of-the-line option gets 2,000 LED lights in the headliner unit and costs Rs 60,000 to install.
The SUV used for the install shown in the video is a Tata Hexa, which is currently Tata’s flagship offering for the Indian market. The Hexa is powered by a 2.2-litre turbocharged DICOR diesel engine that cranks out 197 Bhp and 400 Nm of torque. The Hexa is offered with both petrol and automatic gearbox options with higher-spec variants also getting four-wheel-drive as an option.
However, the Stargazer headliner unit that is seen in the video above is not just limited to the Hexa. The Starlight headliner unit can be installed on any car, no matter how big or small it is, as long it has a 12 V socket installed on it. Also, the lighting pattern can be customised and owners can choose any design they want and can even opt for just a certain section of the roof to be lit up if they want. Also, instead of the white lights owners can also opt for RGB lighting. However, these customizations will cost extra.