The Hexa is the flagship offering from Tata Motors and the premium people mover has been built with Tata’s new design language – HorizonNext. The Tata Hexa replaces the Aria lends a fresh lease of life to the yesteryear MPV. The build, quality and equipment on the Hexa matches modern benchmarks.
The Hexa measures 4,764mm in length, 1,895mm in length and 1,780mm in height. The vehicle has a long wheelbase of 2,850mm. The car's fascia boasts of newly designed projector headlamps, a honeycomb grille and new bumper with fog lamps. The horizontal chrome slat under the grille extends towards the headlamps and the honeycomb pattern can also be seen on the front chin.
Coming to the sides, the newly designed 19-inch alloy wheels can be seen. Though the overall design is similar to the Aria, the Hexa gets a sporty design language which is continued at the rear as well. The rear bumper, with dual exhaust tips, gets a dual-tone paint scheme with a new shape for the reflectors. The tail lamps are horizontal and come with LED units. A new spoiler can also be seen at the back.
Inside the car, Tata has gone all black with silver coloured accents to give the interior a premium feel. It gets automatic climate control with a separate zone AC for the rear and third row passengers. The cabin is roomy and the third row allows adults to seat comfortably. The top-spec car gets leather upholstery, steering mounted controls for the infotainment system, electrically adjustable and retractable outside rear view mirrors. The audio system gets a gets a touchscreen display with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity.
On the safety front, it will get two airbags standard and six airbags for the top trims. Driver aids like ABS with EBD and ESP will be available. The Hexa also gets driving modes where you can choose between Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road modes or just leave it in Auto for it to choose the optimum option.
Under the hood, you will have the Varicor 400 – a 2.2-litre turbocharged four cylinder diesel engine – that develops 154bhp of power and 400Nm of torque. The engine is mates to a six-speed manual gearbox as well as a six-speed torque converter automatic. It also gets all-wheel drive system but it is only restricted to the manual gearbox. The entry level XE trim gets the Varicor 320 engine with 148bhp of power and 320Nm of torque mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
The Hexa competes head to head with the Mahindra XUV500. If you do not need a seven-seater, you could also opt for a Hyundai Creta and save a bit or if you want more power, the Toyota Innova is not too far away up the price ladder.