A picture of Tata Motors' Hexa crossover undergoing testing in India is doing the rounds of the internet.
The latest spy picture of the car was snapped by MotorOctane. The heavily camouflaged prototype of Hexa SUV crossover is reportedly in its final test round and it is expected to be launched by the end of 2015.
Hexa is essentially an updated version of Aria crossover, which was launched on 5 January, 2010, at Auto Expo, Delhi. Despite being the first vehicle in the segment, carrying features such as projector-beam xenon headlamps and electric adjustable and power-folding ORVMs, the crossover failed to trigger customer demand. This was widely regarded as due to higher price and unavailability of 4x2 models. Subsequently, Tata reduced the price, but that was not enough to find takers.
Tata Motors wants to leave the failure story behind and that is why the car has been christened as just Hexa. Aria will not me mentioned anywhere. The new crossover came into limelight when the concept was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015.
The latest spyshot indicates Hexa will get a flat bonnet with honeycomb grille at the front. Tata Hexa SUV is likely to boast wider air dam and side mirrors with turn mirrors and other speculated features, including body cladding, skid plates and LED tail lamps.
The new crossover will measure 4,764 mm in length, 1,895 mm width and 1,780 mm height with a wheelbase of 2,850 mm. Tata Hexa is expected to pack 2.2 litre four-cylinder VARICOR diesel engine, which is re-tuned to generate 154bhp of power and 400Nm of torque either with 6-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual transmission.
Hexa is likely to be a six-seater SUV with captain seats. Inside the cabin, the model is expected to get leather seats, LED illumination and 6 airbags, including side and curtain. There is still no information on the vehicle's price range.