Hello Guys here is the new Tata hexa which was earlier tata aria. The new design is appealing than the older one, there are significant changes in this new version I will give more info on that below.
Tata Aria was the predecessor of Hexa, Aria was launched on Jan 2010 and Hexa is launched on Jan 2017 the same engine is used in hexa with some upgrades. Earlier Aria used a Varicor 2.2Lt engine churning out 148bhp and 320 Nm of torque. The new Hexa has the same displacement of 2.2Lt but delivers 153bhp and 400 Nm of torque. The torque is the major difference which will be noticeable while driving.
Tata has used new impact design which is inspired by uk car design which was also used in Tata Tiago. This impact design is focused on areas that will immediately leave an impression on potential buyers.
The large gloss black front grille gets two distinct border slats, the bottom in chrome and the top in black that connects the two swept back projector headlamps. The lower half of the bumper gets a large central grille that has a wraparound accent painted in shade of matte grey. Hexa has a day time running light near front fog lamps and a small grills which gives it an awesome look.
The plastic cladding bottom with wider wheel arches and the door trims, gives the car a new and aggressive look. There’s also the chrome accent piece that carries the Hexa badge right behind the C-pillar. The rear end of the car has two horizontally placed LED tail lamps with a really cool lighting and a large chrome accent piece that runs across the tail gate. It has two exhaust tips trapezoidal shaped with matte grey scuff plate. It has 19 inch alloy with tyres 235/55 in 3 Variants XT, XTA, XT 4×4 and the rest models gets 16 inch.
Hexa has a fine interior with good plastic and material are used. Tata Hexa has an all black interior with leather on dashboard, door panel and seats on only top variant. It has a touch screen on the central console with navigation including bluetooth and smart phone integration. Hexa does not have apple play or android auto, but it has an app hat allows you to play music from juke car app and it has service and diagnostic tools, navigation support and options to choose the ambient lighting with eight color option. The steering is mounted with cruise control, audio and phone controls with steering height adjustable.The black central console with chrome wrap around looks pleasant.
It has two seating variants six or seven. Considering this the leg space in both version is good and rear passengers gets a different AC vents in center and B-pillars. The third row is cramped for an average height person, but they do get their own storage space and charging points. The windows are large so it feels airy inside.
Hexa gets driving mode options that changes power and torque and suit the engine according to current road and driving situation.
There are four driving modes available in manual transmission Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road. The Auto and Rough Road modes run full-time four-wheel drive. Auto is mostly daily road based driving, whereas rough road is more concentrated on off-road condition. You also have Hill Descent control to ensure safe descent from steep slopes on or off the road.
Comfort and dynamic driving modes use the torque-on-demand all-wheel drive. The power is sent primarily to the rear wheels and when the car senses the need, power is sent to the front wheels as well. In Comfort mode, the engine response and setup is biased towards comfort, in Dynamic mode, the focus is on performance.
The automatic transmission gets Economy, Sport and Auto sensing modes along with manual shifting option. These driving modes works with ESP(I have other post explaining about ESP) and Engine Management System to identify driving requirements.
Economy mode ensure optimal shifting at right RPM to get maximum fuel economy. The Sports mode ensures that the engine revs are maintained in the peak torque range all the time, thus, providing maximum go all the time. The Auto-sensing mode switches between Economy and Sports depending upon the throttle inputs.
With these different driving mode tata has taken the game to next level, offering customised driving experience to different drivers. You can drive comfortably in the city, on highways, in mountains and across them as well using the different modes offered.
The Hexa’s sheer weight does come into play when you drive the car and it does seem to take a lot more effort as compared to most of its peers. At standstill, the power assisted steering does feel a little heavy and this could be a problem when it comes to parking it in tight spots. Get it going though and the steering effort becomes much better and the steering weighs up just enough at higher speeds to make it easier to drive. The 19 inch tyres is really well altered according to the vehicles overall handling and the Hexa feels a lot less vague as compared to the Aria or even the Safari Storme.
Hexa ride comfort is impressive and there is a hint of bumpiness at low speeds but as the SUV gets around 50-60 km it glides over bumps like it doesn’t exist.
The Hexa’s sheer ride comfort is very impressive and although there is a hint of bumpiness at low speeds, get the SUV above 50-60kmph and it glides over bumps and potholes like it doesn’t exist. There is some noticeable body roll when you take a corner at higher speeds. We do have a bit of concern with the pedal feel that the brakes offer. Yes, the Hexa does get disc brakes on all four corners and the SUV will brake efficiently when you slam on the brakes, but at slower speeds, pedal feedback is lacking and could do with a bit faster response.
Variants (All Variants are Diesel)
XE 4×2 7 STR, XM 4×2 7 STR, XMA 4×2 7 STR, XT 4×2 6 STR, XTA 4×2 6 STR, XT 4×4 6 STR
|Seating Capacity||6/7 Person|
|Max Power||148/154 bhp @ 4000rpm|
|Max Torque||320/400 Nm @ 1700-2700rpm|
|Mileage (ARAI)||Around 17kmpl|
|No of gears||5/6 Gears|
|Power Windows||Front & Rear|
|Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)||Yes|
|Airbags||Front and Side|
Dimensions & Weight
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Ground Clerance||200 mm|
|Seating Capacity||6/7 Person|
|No of Seating Rows||3 Rows|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||60 litres|
Engine & Transmission
|Engine & Transmission||
|Engine Type||2.2L VARICOR 400 4 cylinder, with Super Drive Modes|
|Valve/Cylinder (Configuration)||4, DOHC|
|Mileage (ARAI)||Around 57 kmpl|
|Max Power (bhp@rpm)||148/154 bhp @ 4000 RPM|
|Max Torque (Nm@rpm)||320/400 Nm @ 1700-2700 RPM|
|No of gears||5 Gears|
|Manual Shifting for Automatic||Yes|
|Driving Modes||Auto,Comfort,Dynamic and Rough Road In Manual/Economy, Sport and Auto in Automatic|
Suspensions, Brakes & Steering
|Suspensions, Brakes & Steering|
|Front Suspension Type||Double Wishbone with Coil Springs|
|Rear Suspension Type||Coil spring type, 5 link rigid axle suspension|
|Front Brake Type||Disc|
|Rear Brake Type||Disc|
|Streeing Tyre||Power assisted (Hydraulic)|
Wheels & Tyres
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Front Tyres||235 / 55 R16/R19|
|Rear Tyres||235 / 55 R16/R19|
|Airbags||Front and Side (6 Airbags) only in XT,XTA and XT 4×4 Rest models Have 2 Airbags|
|Door Ajar Warning||Yes|
|Child Safety Locks||Yes|
|Seat Belt Warning||Yes|
|Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)||Yes|
|Side Impact Beams||Yes|
|Front Impact Beams||Yes|
|Brake Assist (BA)||Yes|
|Four-Wheel-Drive||Yes Only in XT 4×4|
|Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank||Yes|