On: February 21, 2017 In: Autos Comments: 0

Tata Hexa, one of the biggest SUV launches of 2017, is a flagship car from the auto-making giant. Before making a formal debut in showrooms, the SUV had already made it big and was much in hype. Tata Motors has been impressively big on its Hexa model and has loaded it with premium features and a best in class customer service. Such has been the popularity of the car that it has often been compared with experienced players like the Mahindra XUV500 and the premium Toyota Innova Crysta.

While the future of the car is yet uncertain among the presence of many more range toppers, the present days are no less than paradise for the flagship SUV. At present, the Tata Hexa is doing great in terms of sales number, clocking at 1,500 units within the first month of its launch.

So what is so special about the Tata Hexa that is making things big for it? You are in the correct place to find out why this SUV is the best car of the year so far.

The outer view

The Tata Hexa comes with an impactful design which is meticulously put on the SUV by combining the brains from the company’s three design studios, UK, Italy and India. Up at the front, the SUV has a muscular appearance with black glossy front grille and chrome surrounding, which connects the two swept back projector headlamps on the either sides. Even though the SUV can be named as a direct replacement of the Tata Aria, the exterior design and detailing is completely different and urban.

The Tata Hexa has been given big 19-inch alloy wheels. It is good for all terrain because it has a high ground clearance of 200 mm.

The mechanism

The Tata Hexa gets the same VARICOR engine that powers the Tata Safari. The 2.0-litre turbocharged VARICOR, four-cylinder diesel engine which makes a highest power of 148 bhp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm on the XE trim. The other trims gets a power of 154 bhp and a highest torque of 400 Nm. This power is mated with few transmission options like a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The manual gearbox trims get rear wheel drive and AWD (all wheel drive) modes, while the automatic trim only gets rear wheel drive. In fact, the Tata Hexa is made with Borg Wheel AWD system which can shift 25 to 40 per cent of the toque to the front wheels to get out of difficult situations.

Apart from the all terrain drive, the Hexa comes with four Drive Modes, namely, Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road Mode. Out of them, Auto and Rough Road modes are driven on all wheel drive with the latter being more all terrain friendly. The 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox gets various engine choices like Sports, Economy and Auto Sensing Performance mode, along with an option of choosing the gears manually.

In terms of safety, the flagship SUV comes packed with a long list of safety features like traction control, ABS with EBD, rain sensing wipers and automatic headlamps.

Personalisation kits

The Tata Hexa is available with three different customisable kit options like Tuff, Expedition and Luke. These extra kits add on Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1.3 lakhs on the car’s retail price.

The Tuff Kit includes a head up display unit, tyre pressure monitor, wireless charging tray, roof box and 3D floor mats. The Expedition kit comes with a roof platform, 3D moulded floor mats, waterproof luggage bag, a shovel and a bubble lamp. The last Luxe kit cost around Rs. 12,150 and offers chrome inserts on the ORVMs, tail section and side moulding.

The X-Factor

With all its premium features and a best-in-class customer service, the Tata Hexa is priced to kill. The price of the SUV was not confirmed until it was officially launched. After the price confirmation, the SUV, in simple terms, sidelined all competitions by a huge margin.

The base variant of the Tata Hexa is priced at around Rs. 11.99 lakhs, while the top end is available for Rs. 17.5 lakhs. Its close competition, Toyota Innova Crysta starts at Rs. 13.5 lakhs and extends up to Rs. 21.5 lakhs for the top variants.

Conclusion

The Tata Hexa is truly made for the Indian customers, who prefer big 7-seaters at a very affordable price. With all of the best in class features, the SUV is no less than a bestseller in its segment and might also turn out to be the best car of the year 2017.

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