To be powered by the VariCOR 400 engine.
IAB reader Kunal Choudhary has photographed the rear end of a camouflaged prototype of the Tata Hexa on the Mumbai-Pune highway. The seven-seat crossover could be unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo in Greater Noida in February, and launched sometime in early 2016.
The Hexa was previewed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show by the Tata Hexa Concept which is a repurposed Tata Aria. It debuted the 2.2-litre four-cylinder VariCOR 400 diesel engine which has been introduced in the market on a new top-end version of the Tata Safari Storme. The motor produces 156 PS at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm at 1,750-2,500 rpm, which is a higher output than the VariCOR 320's by 6 PS and 80 Nm.
The engine is offered on the Safari with a new six-speed manual transmission and the familiar shift-on-the-fly all-wheel drive system. The same powertrain combination is expected to be offered on the Tata Hexa. In addition, a GM-sourced six-speed automatic transmission would also be provided as an option, said a report.
As the flagship passenger car from Tata Motors, the Hexa will compete with the Mahindra XUV500, and the top-end variants of the Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Scorpio and the Renault Duster.