At the ongoing, 2015 International Motor Show in Geneva, Tata Motors is showcasing the Hexa Concept crossover, a re-bodied Aria which, from the looks of it, previews the upcoming Aria face-lift, or “Project Eagle”. However, according to the manufacturer, the Hexa “unveils a new direction to the design language of future Tata SUVs”. The Hexa crossover features the same 2.2-liter VARICOR 400 engine from the Aria, which delivers a 154.21 hp of maximum power and 400 Nm or maximum twist, with a torque-on-demand 4WD system to be offered as an option.
Up front, the Aria’s lazy styling has been worked upon, with the design team adding a comprehensively reworked front fascia featuring a new grille & air dam with honey comb patterned inserts, LED DRLs and generous amounts of brushed aluminium trimming. The head lamps are carried over from the Aria, but given the smoked treatment. The newly sculpted bonnet rounds things off.
At the back, the silly, inverted Indica tail lamps (“Christmas Tree” lamps if you please) from the Aria have been done away with, and the Hexa gets conventionally styled LED tail lamps. The tail gate is new as well and has a thick brushed aluminium strip running across it, bridging the tail lamps. The new rear bumper has a brushed aluminium skid plate and houses dual exhaust finishers, one at each end.
The Hexa, like the Aria is a large car and measures 4764 mm long, 1895 mm wide, 1780 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2850 mm. The lower half is shrouded by full body cladding, the design of which is a nod to the Evoque’s – especially around the arches, which, on the show car were filled with 19 inch, five spoke wheels with a twin-spoke design.
Inside, the Hexa concept packs 6 seats with captain seats for second row, along with 6 airbags to save you. The dashboard design is all new and features a touchscreen infotainment system with Android smart-watch connectivity / pairing, climate control, double barrel instrument cluster with LCD Multi Function Display and a new steering wheel. Other notable features include LED ambient lights on the inside, full leather seats, HVAC vents for the second and third row.
Drive assist features on offer include a Land Rover derived Terrain Response System (Adaptive Suspension), ABS, ESP, auto headlights and auto wiper functionality.