Tata Hexa to take on the Mahindra XUV500

Tata Hexa to take on the Mahindra XUV500
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The Tata Hexa is expected to go on sale later this year. Over the last few months, it has been spotted clocking a lot of highway test miles, but every time it has been spied with some camouflage.

The Tata Hexa is expected to go on sale later this year. Over the last few months, it has been spotted clocking a lot of highway test miles, but every time it has been spied with some camouflage. Some test mules have been spied more than once on the NH4 and it appeared to be shuttling between Maharashtra and Karnataka on a daily basis.

It’s common for automakers to continue the endurance runs even after the product is fully ready to hit the market so that they could find and iron out last minute niggles if any. Now, a reader came across one particular test mule, which was not wearing camouflage. See the video below.

Tata Hexa is essentially a revamped and rebranded Aria which ditches its MPV identity to become an SUV. Bold front fascia, squared off rear fascia, SUV-ish elements like lower body cladding, roof rails, flared wheel arches, etc., help it distance itself from its not-so-popular predecessor.

The interior too has been subjected to a significant redesign. The new signature multifunction steering wheel, a modernized centre console with a touchscreen infotainment system spruce up the cabin. The Aria’s multiple roof-mounted storage compartments have been done way with.

Powering the Hexa is the same 2.2-litre VARICOR 400 diesel engine which debuted on board the Safari Storme. The motor is tuned to generate 154 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed AT which debuted in the Thai-spec Xenon pickup will constitute the transmission lineup.

This article first appeared on Rushlane.com

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