It looks like Tata Motors is waiting for the air to clear on the ban on diesel vehicles in the country to launch its Hexa MPV in India. If the latest report of OverDrive is anything to go by, the company, which was looking for a launch date in the second half of 2016 for its much-awaited Hexa MPV has now postponed the launch indefinitely due to the ban.
In December last, the Supreme Court banned the registration and sales of all diesel cars in Delhi NCR with a displacement of 2000cc and above. Although the ban later got extended to the southern state Kerala, the High Court stayed the National Green Tribunal Circuit Bench order in the state.
Now according to the latest report, the ban could affect the launch of the Hexa that comes with a 2.2-litre four-cylinder Varicor diesel engine. It adds that, although Tata has plans to roll out lower displacement engine, there is no information as yet on the time-frame and it is also not sure if this engine would make it to the Hexa.
Tata had showcased the Hexa at the Auto Expo 2016 in February and the model has been undergoing testing in the country since then. It embodies Tata's new Impact design philosophy and measures 4,764 mm in length, 1,895 mm in width and 1,780 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,850 mm.
As of now, the Hexa comes with a 2.2-litre engine, which is tuned to generate 154bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 400Nm of torque at 1,700 to 2,700rpm. The engine comes mated to either a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission.