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Tata Hexa Performance & Price

Tata Hexa Overview

Tata Motors has announced its re-entry in the full-size SUV segment by introducing the Hexa crossover in the Indian market. The full-size SUV segment was created by the company with the launch of Aria in October 2010, but to its utmost dismay, the Aria turned out to be an absolute dud. Hence, in what seems to be an attempt to cover the lost ground, the company has presented the Tata Hexa SUV to replace the Aria. The Hexa, being the Mumbai-based automaker’s new flagship product, is the second company model to be based on the new IMPACT design philosophy. The company has bagged nearly 3000 orders for the SUV and it would have a minimum waiting period of around 8 weeks. The magical combination of impeccable interior cabin with lots of first-in-segment features and staggering pricing is all set to make it a sure-shot winner in the Indian market. View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Tata Hexa Exterior

Though Tata has applied utmost effort in giving Hexa a distinctive image than that of its predecessor Aria, but the fact is it is a ‘heavily’ revised Aria. The company says every panel on the car has been re-sculpted. The design is highly appreciable with the front profile having high-set clamshell bonnet, large hexagonal grille and swept back headlamps. There is large air dam below the bumper while the LED DRLs and the fog lamps beneath lend a handsome look to the car.

While lines and creases on the sides and the overall proportion of the car do show traits of a crossover, the company has tried to add butch looks as much as possible. The lower plastic cladding, flared wheel arches, 19-inch two-spoke alloy wheels, and roof rails, all add some strength to the profile while the blackened pillars create a floating roof effect. The ORVMs are huge and they come integrated with LED turn indicators. Then there is prominent Hexa branding in the form of chrome strip on the large third-row window which is certainly a nice touch. The use of chrome strips is also on the door handles adding a little more panache, increasing the sense of richness.

At the rear, the opinions can be polarized but most would agree that the best view of Hexa is when it is viewed from the rear quarter. The car looks modern, contemporary and eye catchy with each element contributing to the looks. The stylish wraparound horizontal tail lights with integrated LED lighting technology, looks captivating to the senses. The tail lamps are connected via thick chrome strip with the company logo in the middle standing like a boss. Other elements such as meaty tail pipes and the small spoiler at the top also enhance the more upright stance of the car.

Tata Hexa Interior

The interiors of the Tata Hexa are truly welcoming; thanks to the all-black cabin with superb finishing that gives the feel of a premium vehicle. The car features piano-back inserts and brushed grey plastic and the effort seems to be towards making the dashboard look cool. However, by utilizing several materials and plastics, it looks like the design is lacking classiness. The steering wheel reminds us of the newer generation cars coming out of Tata’s stable. There are mounted controls for audio, telephony and cruise on the large 4-spoke tilt adjustable steering. Sadly, the steering is only rake adjustable not reach and this is certainly a down considering the price this car falls in.

Tata has really upped the game in terms of advanced features. The Hexa features instrument cluster with two large analogue dials along with a 3.5-inch advanced driver information display resting in between. The driver information display (DIS) give loads of information and one can switch through the information by using stalks on the right hand side of the steering. Coming to the centre console, it has been gracefully divided with the top portion featuring ac vents and chrome accents and below there is a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment unit.

The ConnectNext infotainment with chrome surrounds looks pretty and in fact similar in size fitted in other Tata cars such as Bolt and Zest. But it does the required job as it is loaded with plenty of tech such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The unit also supports plenty of apps including Juke App through which a song playlist can be automatically created to playback desired songs of all the passengers. The ConnectNext app suite also includes NaviMaps for navigation and Tata Smart Remote App for controlling lighting, audio and media screen. The decibels are provided by JBL with 10-speaker setup which is unexpectedly low on output.

The car features climate control the setup of which sits right below the infotainment. With individual ac vents on the floor-mounted console, the cabin takes no time in cooling. Though the HVAC unit give access to control all the blowers across the cabin, the speed can also be controlled independently via roof-mounted console. Just below the climate controls, there you get 12V charging point, USB/Aux-In connectivity as well as rotary selector for ‘Super Drive Modes’.Check for Tata Hexa in inlnk.in 

The door lock and unlock buttons are placed on the centre console instead of usual driver side door pad so some might feel a bit confusing initially but these things get accustomed with time. Moreover, in case you need to open the individual doors from inside, the only option are the pull-type locks which need some effort. The leather covering with white contrast stitching on the seats lends a nice look and feel. The seats are nicely cushioned and are well bolstered as well. Hop on to the driver’s seat and you will find that it can be adjustable in 8 different ways and also comes with lumbar support. However, the footwell is a bit tight since the central tunnel takes some space invading the room available for the left foot.

At the front, the centre armrest comes handy while the large door pads offer enough space to dump one large bottle along with small knick knacks. Coming to the second row bench seats, they are comfortable as they have fore and aft adjustment and also reclining functionality so that you can sit with your leg crossed. Further, the second row can be split folded in 60:40 ratio while the occupants will also like the side shades which are manually deployable.

And just like most 7-seater vehicles, the third row passengers will be least comfortable. The last row can be accessed by tumble folding the second-row seats. Though it has low under-thigh support, adult can sit there for short highway journeys. Another noticeable flaw is that the curtain airbags only extends to the c-pillar that means the passengers at the third row aren’t protected by them. However, the passengers at the third row do get individual headrests, 3-point seatbelts as well as convenient storage space. The headroom and legroom is just adequate and best for shorter distances as mentioned earlier. With the second and third row seats up, the boot space is 128L which is quite good as compared to cars such as XUV500 which practically gives nothing. Fold the third row seats and it frees up more space while the maximum capacity of luggage is 671L with both second and third row seats folded. Overall, Tata has done a commendable job in terms of providing comfort and practicality in this car.

Tata Hexa Performance

Tata has used the VARICOR400 engine, that powers the top-end Safari Storme. With the Hexa, the same state of tune has been used and power is at a respectable 154 hp, but the talking point is the 400Nm torque. In simple words, the torque is ample to move the two-tonne-plus MPV over paved terrain with utmost ease. For most of our driving duration on the highway, the Hexa was in the 1,500 to 3,000 rpm range and it returned an impressive figure of 13.1 km/l on the MID (or Multi Information Display). This engine has two transmission options, a 6-speed manual transmission which is exactly the same as found in the Storme and a Punch Powerglide Strasbourg 6-speed automatic transmission. It is a torque converter unit, but this gearbox is well tuned for the engine. The engine noise doesn’t filter much into the cabin, partly due to the good Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) proofing.

While most torque converters have the inherent issue of shift shocks, this automatic is one of the most refined units we have driven so far.The gear shifts are quick and the turbo lag is well-controlled. The transmission responds quickly to kick-downs. Along with the ‘D’ mode, the driver also gets to choose from a ‘Sport’ or ‘Dynamic’ mode where each gear is held for longer for an engaging drive when needed. It can be shifted to a manual mode where a tip-tronic lets you change gears when you want to. There isn’t a paddle shift arrangement, but with the Dynamic mode is pretty good too. The manual gearbox, on the other hand, was slightly notchy and sometime slotting the gear was a bit of a problem.

In addition, at every overtake on the highway, a higher gear change became imperative as the engine would reach its limit for that particular gear. Since the vehicles being overtaken here were trucks, the overtake happened in second gear, but shifting to the third cog while doing the overtake became necessary. Also, there isn’t any space for a dead pedal in the manual version, so you don’t get one.

Tata Hexa Driving

Hexa is a revelation in itself with a pretty smooth and swift drive experience. The steering wheel is a delight to hold and it responds well to the driver’s finger tips. The cabin has very less noise with perfectly-tuned NVH levels.There isn’t any doubt that the earlier Aria was fully capable of handling bad roads. And the traits can be seen in the successor as well. The 19-inch wheels which are largest in its class are coupled with variable rate dampers offering excellent ride quality. Moreover, the way recalibrated suspension setup dismisses the potholes and other road imperfections is truly commendable. And more rigidity in chassis has helped in fine tuning of the suspension further.

But at the rear, the suspension is much stiffer, this approach is to make the vehicle sportier. And this can be experienced at highways where the car feels totally composed as the suspension work as a cover up for the massive size of the vehicle. However, propelling it hard will increase the body roll.The hydraulic steering is light and vague at high speeds and this is a disadvantage. There is overmuch loose at the centre of steering and as you turn into the corners, it appears to be disconnected. But despite of all the odds, the Hexa is unquestionably the best in terms of ride quality in its class.

Tata Hexa Safety

Despite the car having all-disc brake setup, it does not inspire confidence and there is always a feeling that the heavy weight will overpower the braking mechanism. However, from high-speeds of about 80kmph, the car comes to halt without any drama. The safety kit includes a total of 6 airbags with 2 airbags, ABS with EBD and corner stability control forms the part of standard equipment. Other features include electronic stability program with roll-over mitigation, traction control, hill hold control, hill descent control, reverse parking sensors with camera and front and rear fog lamps.

Tata Hexa Cost in New Delhi

Tata Hexa Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 11,74,286/- (Hexa XE) to 17,06,463/- (Hexa XT 4X4). Get best offers for Tata Hexa from Tata Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Hexa price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Tata Hexa Round Up

The Tata Hexa is unlike any other Tata vehicle and has equipment found usually in luxury SUVs. It has brilliant NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness) levels and an impressive automatic gearbox, which is a quantum leap for the carmaker. However, pricing will be critical to the Hexa’s success and it should undercut the Toyota Innova Crysta AT by a considerable. For the manual, it should be priced below the XUV5OO’s top-end trim. Things such as only one touch down on the driver window and lower plastic quality for the rear HVAC control panel are some shortcomings. That said, the Hexa is a big indicator of change for Tata Motors and hopefully production models and upcoming models maintain consistency.

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Toyota Etios Cross Overview & Test Drive

Toyota Etios Cross Overview

What is a Cross? Is it just the design which goes between the Hatchback and the SUV or few plastic or fiber parts around the car making it bigger than the hatchback? However, there is a new segment, which has taken birth in the Indian automotive market. You might have heard about the Cross Polo from VW, Fiat Avventura and now the Etios Cross, I wonder the word Cross from the actual segment Crossover (CUV – Crossover Utility Vehicle) is not utilized efficiently. The new segment will do well for Toyota as the Indian market is always open for new designs and technologies. As to the difference from the Hatchback, you can only notice that high amount of plastic or fiber is used around the car, which neither makes it bigger nor gives it a taller look, which fails from the typical crossover. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Toyota Etios Cross Exterior

Like the Cross Polo and the Fabia Scout, the Etios Cross is based on a hatchback – the Liva in this case. Its underpinnings are therefore the same as the Liva and have the same wheelbase, ground clearance and turning radius as the hatch. Its puffed up suit gives it some visual bulk in the form of the beefed up bumpers, the bull bar, the skid plates, roof-rails and cladding on the doors & wheel-arches. The headlights have additional reflective extensions that connect them to the bull bar. The front turn blinkers have moved out from headlamps and into the bumper and sit on top of the fog lights. There is a two-tone roof-spoiler at the back that looks good in the brighter shades. The Etios Cross uses more satin finished parts than chrome and it goes very well with the rugged look that this car tries to portray.

Toyota Etios Cross Interior

The Toyota Etios Cross has a number of features including a cooled glovebox, an all black interior, a 3 spoke steering wheel, seven one litre bottle holders, front and rear door pockets and ergonomic controls. Cabin space is decent and the Etios Cross can seat four adults with ease. Similar to the Etios Liva, the boot space is 251 litres, which is one of the best in its segment. Audio controls mounted on the steering wheel for the 2 DIN infotainment unit with USB, AUX-in and Bluetooth playback adds to the convenience for the driver.

Toyota Etios Cross Engine

The Toyota Etios Cross is powered by three engines, a 1,197 cc and 1,496 cc petrol engine and a 1,364 cc diesel engine. The smaller petrol motor generates 79hp power at 5,600 rpm and 104Nm at 3,100 rpm while the larger unit produces 89hp at 5,600 rpm and 132Nm at 3,000 rpm. The diesel churns out 67 hp at 3,800 rpm and 170Nm from 1,800 rpm to 2,400 rpm.The Toyota Etios Cross has a 5-speed manual gearbox for all engines. All transmissions are paired with a light clutch and gear changes are smooth. Gear ratios are tuned to deliver good drivability, translating into lesser gear shifts in traffic.

The Toyota Etios Cross has a certified mileage of 17.71 km.l for the 1.2 litre petrol variant, 16.78 km/l for the 1.4 litre petrol, and 23.59 km/l for the 1.4 litre diesel. While the petrol fuel efficiency figures are acceptable for its segment, the diesel’s fuel efficiency is one of the best in its segment.

Toyota Etios Cross Driving

The Etios Cross is marginally heavier than the Liva – between 5 to 10kg depending on the variant. However, it is not significant enough to be evident when you are driving the car. Speaking of which, the Etios Liva was always a fun car to drive with a nice suspension setup – more so in diesel. Even in the Etios Cross, the diesel variant feels more stable and precise at speed and through bends than its petrol sibling. The steering system is vague at centre, but marginally better for the diesel variant. The brief sprint we had wasn’t long enough to comment on the grip levels of the tyres but judging by the Etios Liva, the 185/65-R15 tyres are good for most chores.

Toyota Etios Cross Safety

The Toyota Etios Cross comes with dual front airbags as standard on all variants. Except for the base G version, all other variants have ABS. The Etios Cross also scored an impressive four out of five stars in the Global NCAP safety rating, making it one of the safest crossover hatchbacks in the country.

Toyota Etios Cross Cost in Mumbai

Toyota Etios Cross Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 6,42,113/- (Etios Cross G) to 8,23,500/- (Etios Cross X Edition Petrol). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Cross from Toyota Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Etios Cross price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Cross Conclusion

To sum it up, the Volkswagen Cross Polo has a cleaner design and better appointed interiors than the Etios Cross. However, the Etios Cross, being based on the frugal Etios platform, will be cheaper to own than its European rivals and has better engine options too. So if you are not really looking for that commanding driving position that an SUV or a crossover offers, but need a car robust enough to compliment you on your cross country drives, while being frugal on urban commutes – then the Etios Cross could be a choice worth considering.