The Hexa from the house of Tata Motors will definitely add benefit with the renewed focus on the quality and the new design language of Tata - Horizon Next.
The Hexa is a new SUV having overall dimensions of 4,764 mm in length, 1,895 mm in width and 1,780 mm in height being slightly longer than the XUV500 from Mahindra. The Hexa has a long wheel base of 2,850 mm. The front fascia of the car flaunts a pair of newly designed projector head lights, a honeycomb radiator grille and new bumper with fog lights.
The horizontal chrome slat flows towards the head lights. Coming to the sides profile, the newly set of 19 inch alloy wheels can be seen. Though the overall design of this car is similar to the Tata Aria, the Hexa gets a sportier design which continues to the rear portion as well. The rear bumper with dual exhaust tips gets a dual-tone colour scheme and a new shape for the reflectors. The tail lights are redesigned and come with LED fixtures.
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Steeping inside, Tata has given black and silver accents for the premium look. The Hexa also gets automatic climate control with rear AC vents. The cabin is spacious with the top model getting leather upholstery, steering mounted audio controls, electrically operated ORVM.
The Hexa comes with Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road driving modes as well as the Auto mode to choose from the optimum option. It will be powered by the Varicor 400 – a 2.2 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 154bhp of output and 400Nm of torque. The Hexa is expected to be the most powerful one in its segment getting a six-speed manual transmission. It may also come with the all-wheel-drive option like the Aria.
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The Tata Hexa has been developed to compete with the Mahindra XUV500, and is likely to be placed in the same price bracket to stay competitive, since the XUV500 is popular for being offering great value for money. The XUV500 is the best looking Mahindra car which is much loved by the Indian public and recent upgrades have given it improved interiors.
The XUV500 is driven by 2.2 litre Diesel engine which outputs 140 bhp and 330 Nm torque which is lesser than the Hexa. The dimensions of the XUV500 are 4585 mm length, 1890 mm width and 1785 mm height. While the Mahindra XUV500 appears like a proper SUV, the crossover looks of the Tata Hexa gives it SUV-ish and MPV-ish traits.
Both cars are expected to come loaded with features which are nearly same. However, if the government imposes the diesel engine ban in more cities besides Delhi, then Mahindra is going to have an upper hand since variants of the XUV500 with a 1.99 L diesel unit is already available for sale.