The new 2016 Tata Hexa has been presented at Geneva Auto Show. Indian manufacturer Tata might produce affordable cars, but they sell in very high volumes in South Asian country alone.
They featured at this year’s Geneva Auto Show with couple of new cars, one of which is 2016 Tata Hexa, full-size SUV. This 6-seater could even be sold in highly demanding Australian market which proves that Tata has indeed become a giant of car industry.
Under the Hood
For starters, Indians plan to fit Hexa with 2.2L turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine which should deliver 154 horsepower and 295 pound feet of torque. Being a family vehicle, it will most likely offer 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, but other options are still available as well.
2016 Tata Hexa Design
Just like most full-size SUV’s, especially in Australasian markets, 2016 Tata Hexa is built upon pickup chassis. It’s role model is Tata’s own Xenon pickup which shares its powertrain as well as body frame. Moreover, Hexa’s design is closely based on Aria crossover which is being sold for five years now. In any case, full-sizer features a sturdy, somewhat angular hood which looks immensely good. Laid-back headlamps are seamlessly melted in SUV’s mesh grille, while trapezoidal lower air intake is separated from them.
Materials that adorn these elements aren’t exactly of highest quality, but Tata sells affordable vehicles, and that’s their biggest strength. Around the back, large SUV features a large tailgate with huge hexagonal tail-lights and slim roof pillars which can only help rearward visibility in the future. It is evident that Hexa is built upon a pickup platform as its boxy design couldn’t have come from anything different.
Hexa’s name is derived from SUV’s 6 seat compatibility. Even though it has three rows, second row features captain’s chairs. However, future production models should offer these as options while seven seats will be standard. This also means that name could be changed as well. However, that’s a story for another time. Cabin is furbished with materials of average quality. This actually might be the most expensive version of future Hexa and it features simple interior with black and white combinations all over.
Display screen is also included, but don’t expect every 2016 Tata Hexa to have it from the get-go. Australian market models should get expanded feature list compared to domestic, Indian market. Former models should come with optional satellite navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, surround sound system, leather trim, and a rearview camera and parking sensors as safety options.
2016 Tata Hexa Price
Fuel efficiency should be solid thanks to diesel engines, but don’t expect class-leading figures. Hexa is supposed to offer average numbers at best. Price range should be somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000 in India, while Australian models with more illustrious equipment could cost even more.
2016 Tata Hexa might break some monotony in Asian SUV markets, but not entirely. It is still a body-on-frame vehicle which rides big and consumes much. However, it should save you some money at start since that’s Tata’s philosophy. In any case, SUV is still unfinished and we shall see how things look like when it finally becomes available.