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Smart new Tata Hexa debuts in India


Originally shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015, Tata Motors unveiled its long awaited Hexa crossover in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Based on the same platform as the Aria MPV, the striking looking Hexa measures 4 788 mm in overall length with a wheelbase of 2 850 mm, width of 1 900 mm and height 1 785 mm, with the option of six or seven seats.

Available in three trim levels, the Hexa makes uses of a 2.2-litre Varicor turbodiesel engine developing 110 kW and 320 N.m of torque in the base XE, and 115 kW and 400 N.m in the mid-range XM and flagship XT. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on all models with a six-speed automatic optional on the XM and XT.

Offered in three accessory packages at launch, Luxe, Tuff and Expedition, the flagship XT can also be have with four-wheel drive albeit only with the manual gearbox.

Standards spec across the range is impressive with the XE featuring a Harmon developed six-speaker sound system with ConnectNext apps, USB and Bluetooth, electric mirrors, dual front airbags, projector type headlights, cornering headlights, electric windows all around, eight-way adjustable driver's seat, ABS with EBD, chilled glovebox and rear roof spoiler.

Moving one up, the XM adds a eight-inch Harman touch screen display with eight-speakers and voice recognition and chrome highlights. The automatic model also get Hill Hold Control as standard.

Sitting at the top of the range, the XT receives 19-inch alloy wheels, climate control, LED daytime running lights, chrome roof rails, folding electric mirrors, second row USBs, six airbags, Hill Decent Control, Traction Control, ESP with Rollover Mitigation, rear parking sensors with reverse camera, auto on/off headlights and rain sense wipers.

Prices range from 1 199 000 rupees (R239 469) for the base XE to 1 749 000 rupees (R349 317) for the top spec XT 4x4. It however remains unconfirmed if the Hexa will be offered in South Africa.

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