Tata Motors showcased Hexa concept at Geneva Auto show earlier today. The Hexa crossover is nothing but the reskinned Tata Aria with changes done at the right places to make it more appealing than the current sluggish looking vehicle.
The reskinning story purely worked for Aria with Zest compact sedan and Bolt hatchback, which are based on same Vista platform. Tata Hexa is a fantastic design change to Aria to make it appealing. The front facia is completely changed with flat bonnet (Similar to Safari Storme) and heavily updated grille, wraparound headlamps. On the rear side the car looses christmas tree tail-lamps and gets a complete new looks (similar to Fortuner). No wonder its a crossover but Tata Motors added all efforts to make it look good and it really does. The black grille shows that Tata Motors is slowly moving to the new design language which looks strikingly identical to the Land Rover’s SUV range.
Under the hood the vehicle is expected to retain 2.2 liter varicor engine that powers current Storme and Aria with 156bhp of tune. There are high chances that Tata Motors will bring automatic variant in this vehicle, which is in the works since 2 years. The vehicle will retain hydroformed chassis with body on ladder type assembly. The same chassis and setup goes under current Tata Aria and Safari Storme.
Inside the HEXA concept looks a revamped interior with a base of Aria and changes to center console design with a unique 6 seat layout.
Tata Aria was first showcased in 2005 Geneva Autoshow as Indicruz concept and it was really appreciated at that time, but the actual vehicle was launched in 2010 Oct in India and the product was a complete failure due to its pricing and comparison with Innova. Tata Motors flagship SUV sold only 4 units in India at some point of time in 2011.
The Hexa concept looks really great and if it does not take same time as Aria took from Geneva to actual production variant, the vehicle will be killer competition to Mahindra’s XUV 5OO and Innova. Considering pricing point, Tata Motors is being really aggressive in that front and we have already witnessed it with Bolt and Zest.
Tata HEXA is expected to launch in the Indian market by 2016 second quarter with 2.2 liter Varicor engine producing 156bhp of power and mated to 5 speed manual as well as an automatic gearbox as an option. The driving layout will remain same as rear wheel driver or 4X4 as an option just like current Safari and Aria.
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