Tata Motors introduced the Hexa during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Thereafter, the SUV made its Indian debut at the 2016 Auto Expo held in Delhi. The model has been since, spied testing on various occasions. A recent image that surfaced on the web revealed two production units of the Hexa completely undisguised.
Now, a report Overdrive suggests that Tata Motors may have delayed the launch of the Hexa premium SUV by an indefinite period. The reason behind the delay is likely to be in confusion surrounding the diesel ban in Delhi. Currently, the ban is in force only in the national capital, while a plan to extend the ban to other cities is currently underway.
Recently, the Supreme Court of India said it was open to the idea of lifting the ban, although the move involves a one-time environmental cess on the said type of vehicles. It is believed that even if the ban is lifted with the said condition, the additional cess will significantly bump the price of the model that will, in-turn; decrease the chances of the Hexa’s success in the market.
The news comes even as spy images of what seem to be the base variant of the Hexa was spotted testing by Motoroids readers Rishikesh Kulkarni and Amit Singh. The said model misses out on features such as bumper mounted LED DRL strips, fog lamps, a glossy finish for the front grille and alloy wheels.
Powering the model is likely to be the 2.2 litre VARICOR 400 diesel engine, good for 154 hp and 400 Nm of torque. This motor will send power to the wheels with the help of a six speed manual transmission as standard while an all new six speed automatic gearbox would be available as an option. Also on offer would be four drive options – Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough road. A shift-on-the-fly 4WD system could also be on the cards.
Following is an image gallery for the Tata Hexa spied testing: