The Hexa concept was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and will be replacing the dud selling Aria in Tata Motors’ lineup.
Much to the happiness of Cyrus Mistry, Chairman Tata Group, the Hexa crossover will be the next big vehicle to come from Tata Motors that will be replacing the dud selling Aria crossover in the company’s lineup. Showcased as a concept at Geneva this year, the Hexa managed to gain positive appeal establishing itself with an evolved design language that is expected to find many takers. With the testing commenced in the country, the Indian auto giant has now patented several parts of the upcoming crossover ahead of the official launch next year.
Starting with the patents, the image above comprises of the front hood, tail light and door cladding on the Tata Hexa crossover, while the image below comprises of the door upper trim, rear air-con vents, rear quarter panel of the vehicle and the tailgate chrome piece. Having seen the model in its concept form, we reckon there won’t be any major changes on the production-spec vehicle and the crossover will come with a large body shell complimented with a host of space and features inside the cabin.
The Tata Hexa will also be loaded on equipment featuring projector lamps, LED DRLs, LED tail lights, terrain response feature, ABS, ESP, 6 airbags as well as an advanced infotainment system (Harman likely) with navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration and much more. Power is said to come from a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel unit that currently powers the Safari Storme tuned to make 154 BHP and 400 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A 6-speed automatic is reportedly on the cards as well.
The Tata Hexa will pick up from where the Aria left off and the automaker is seriously considering to be second time lucky in the segment. One of the company’s most ambitious models, the Aria could not break it for Tata in the market, losing out to the Toyota Innova in the segment. Pricing however, should be expected to start around the Rs. 10 lakh mark (similar to the current Aria) given the number of features and powertrain on offer. A 2016 Auto Expo debut of the production model of the Hexa is likely.
In addition to Tata patenting parts for the Hexa crossover, Audi India too patented the A7 facelift in the country. The updated 4-door coupe will get similar changes as the A6 Matrix such as the Matrix headlights, new features and mild cosmetic upgrades. The German automaker launched the RS7 facelift before the regular A7 facelift. The new A7 is expected to be launched in the country within a few months of time.