Tata's upcoming Hexa crossover will feature different driving modes for its powertrain and a host of other features.
Tata Motors has been in a resurgent mode of late, and their hard work at developing new and improved vehicles has been showing results, as the critical acclaim received by the Tiago and its resultant sales success clearly demonstrates.
The next big launch for the Tata brand is going to be their Tata Hexa crossover which they had displayed earlier in the year at the Auto Expo. With major refinements to the powertrain as well as considerable improvement in the interior quality and space, the Tata Hexa aims to provide some stiff competition to the undisputed segment leader, the Toyota Innova Crysta. While details of the new powertrain have not yet been revealed, the Hexa is expected to be powered by the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that also powers the Tata Safari Storme.
However, unlike the Safari, the Tata Hexa will be offered with both manual and automatic gearbox options from the word go. Additionally, borrowing from its Land Rover brand, the Hexa is aiming to revolutionise its segment by offering delectable driving modes that are standard features on Land Rover products. So, in the Tata Hexa, customers will have the option of choosing between four different driving modes – Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road. In fact, it even features first-in-race mapping in the automatic variants of the car that the manufacturer claims will give the Tata Hexa race car like driving feel.
In the Auto mode, the car’s computer automatically varies the cars driving systems based on the road conditions to allow for maximum traction and stability. While in comfort mode, the cars systems are tuned for additional comfort and efficiency, which can be quite effective on long highway journeys. The real fun, however, begins with the Dynamic mode where the engine is tuned for maximum performance and drivability, and also aids in handling to deliver maximum performance to the driver. Additionally, the Dynamic mode also relaxes the Tata Hexa’s ESP system to intervene later and provide additional control to an enthusiastic driver.
And keeping in mind the versatility of the Tata Hexa, the final mode – Rough Road mode – allows the Hexa to tackle bad road and challenging driving conditions with aplomb, allowing for braking performance to be tuned according to the loose road surface, as well as, allowing the driver progressive control in tough and slippery conditions.
Tata infact claims that the Tata Hexa will come with class-leading features, as well as high-quality interiors, and with the driving modes being a novelty and the progress seen in the quality and engineering levels of Tata’s new range of vehicles, the Hexa has the potential to give the Innova Crysta a tough challenge.