The Tata Hexa was first showcased as aconcept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. In June 2015, Mayank Pareek, president of Tata Motors Passenger Car Vehicles, had told CNBC-TV18 that the Hexa would be launched in India shortly. At the 2016 Auto Expo, Tata Motors even showcased a production-ready Hexa MPV. We had even mentioned that the Tata Hexa wouldbe offered in both manual and automatic transmission versions.
The Hexa still hasn't arrived in Tata showrooms, and last month we had said that its launch has been deferred indefinitely. However, we have now got to know that the Tata Hexa will be launched with an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission). We have spotted some Hexa test mules with an AMT unit.
The Tata Hexa will get the 2.2-litre engine that makes 156PS and 400Nm of torque. Although the power output is similar to the Tata Safari Storme Varicor400 SUV, the company has mentioned that engine could be tuned differently. The Tata Hexa is also expected to be offered with four-wheel drive and a multi-terrain mode inspired from Land Rover's terrain response feature. It is likely to get ESP and airbags as standard across trims and variants.
A few months back, the Supreme Court had temporarily banned the registration of diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of 2,000cc and above in Delhi-NCR. Kerala also jumped onto the bandwagon. There were strong indications that other states were considering following the steps of Delhi and Kerala.
The Hexa's engine is above 2,000cc, and the company is currently developing a smaller 1.9-litre diesel mill for it. The smaller engine is expected to be launched sometime next year. With the company having high expectations from the Hexa, Tata Motors had decided to adopt a wait and watch approach.
We now expect the Tata Hexa to be launched sometime around October or November this year, but there has no conformation about the same.