Tata Hexa

Auto Today - - Dashboard - Rahul Ghosh As­so­ciate Edi­tor rahul.ghosh@in­to­day.com @bul­let­com­pany

Many years back, I took charge of the Tata Aria when it joined our long-term test fleet. Now I have a sense of déjà vu when I once again take charge of the Hexa. If you are one of those who are scroung­ing for the con­nec­tion; here is the an­swer. The Hexa in a broad way can be called as the suc­ces­sor to the Aria and yet it is very dif­fer­ent.

Let’s be­gin by say­ing that the Hexa shows off a lot more mus­cle than what the Aria did. How­ever, the Hexa still uses the Aria plat­form with­out any changes made to the wheel­base. As for other di­men­sions, the Hexa is marginally shorter but wider and taller than the Aria. Ground clear­ance re­mains

iden­ti­cal too at 200mm. From there on the Hexa looks com­pletely dif­fer­ent thanks to the fact that it is de­signed on the com­pany’s new Im­pact de­sign phi­los­o­phy which has re­cently blessed the Ti­ago hatch. The Hexa looks butch in ev­ery way thanks to the mus­cu­lar front end com­pris­ing a large pair of head­lamps and a bold front bumper which houses day­time run­ning lamps as well. The clamshell-like bon­net just adds to the over­all aura. In pro­file large 19in wheels give the Hexa a lot of char­ac­ter much like the side plas­tic claddings. How­ever from the C-pil­lars on, the MPV-look tends to ex­hibit it­self very clearly. The tail sec­tion too looks the part and the wrap­around lamps look tough. So over­all the de­sign team has been suc­cess­ful in giv­ing the Hexa a proper cross­over look.

The vari­ant we have with us is the XTA and as the name sug­gests it is the au­to­matic ver­sion. This also means that the car we have does not get the mul­tidrive modes seen on the man­ual vari­ants. Also one can­not have the au­to­matic with 4x4. Apart from that the Hexa XTA comes with most bells and whis­tles which in­cludes the cap­tain seats at the back. The seats are ex­tremely com­fort­able and the arm rests make long drives tire free. Over the course of the next three months, we plan to log in as many kilo­me­ters pos­si­ble to try out the re­li­a­bil­ity fac­tor of the Hexa. Am sure we will be pleas­antly sur­prised.

THE HEXA HAS A LOT OF MUS­CLE TO SHOW OFF AS COM­PARED TO ITS PRE­DE­CES­SOR, THE ARIA

Two airbags | Auto cli­mate con­trol | All Power Win­dows | Key­less en­try | Elec­tric ORVMs || Au­dio sys with CD, USB, Aux | 6-seat lay­out I Stan­dard War­ranty 3yr/1,00,000 km I Ex­tended war­ranty avail­able

The Hexa gets a short di­am­e­ter steer­ing wheel with con­trols for most func­tions

The in­stru­ment panel of the Hexa is loaded and of­fers plenty of in­for­ma­tion

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