All You Wanted To Know About The New Tata Hexa

This blog post is about the all new Tata Hexa, a yet to be launched 'Lifestyle Vehicle' from Tata Motors that I recently got to test drive as part of the #HexaExperience IndiCampaign.

60 IndiBloggers were hand-picked for the Tata Hexa launch drive in Hyderabad on October 22 and 23 this year, and as luck would have it, yours truly made the cut this time around as well*! So honored to be a part of such an incredible group of bloggers.

[*Remember, last year around the same time, I'd attended the Tata Zica (now Tiago) launch drive in Goa!]

Delhi-NCR Based IndiBloggers - A Groupie at the Delhi Airport

Our Journey Begins

BS Vohra and Me

Manoj, BS Vohra, and Me

To say that everything was planned to a tee would be such an understatement. From itinerary to drive briefing, I knew exactly what would happen next. We were made to stay put in an upscale airport hotel called the Novotel Hyderabad Airport, which is 2.6 km away from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

Novotel Hyderabad Airport

Novotel Hyderabad Airport

Novotel Hyderabad Airport

Highlights from Day 1
October 22, 2016 - 6 pm

The Hexa product presentation kicked off with a warm welcome note from Ashish Sahni, who heads the Digital Marketing for Passenger Vehicle Business Unit at Tata Motors.

The mic was then handed over to Vivek B Srivatsa, who heads the marketing for the same unit at Tata Motors.

Vivek B Srivatsa

Vivek talked about how the #TataHexa was specially crafted for the evolving Indian customer and his tacit needs. He showcased the most compelling talking points about the vehicle, which is touted as power packed, feature loaded and adrenaline pumped, with a signature IMPACT design.

Tata Hexa

In fact, not many in the audience knew that this 'concept' car from Tata Motors was first showcased at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. A few months later, the production version was launched at the Delhi Expo 2016.

Tata Hexa

Vivek revealed that #TataHexa will soon be available in showrooms across the country.

Tata Hexa - Rear Angle

Tata Motors, along with its technology partners across the globe, have designed this vehicle for those with an active and dynamic lifestyle. The emphasis this time is on design and drivability plus a host of connectivity and performance related features to enhance functionality.

Tata Hexa

Later in the evening, we were introduced to Richard Winsor, who is the Chief Designer Exteriors at Tata Motors.

Key Insights from Richard's Presentation
  • #TataHexa is the second vehicle from Tata Motors to sport the IMPACT design language after Tiago (earlier Zica).
Tata Hexa
  • The new car makes a truly aspirational statement by adorning bold and impactful exteriors and premium sporty interiors with superb finishes. Soft touch materials further accentuate the plush feel of the cabin.
Tata Hexa - 6 Seater
  • One of the highlights is the best-in-class19-inch diamond cut finish alloy wheels nested in the muscular wheel arch cladding. The low aspect ratio tires complement the Hexa's premium look and off-roading capabilities.
Alloy Wheels
  • Chic new projector headlamps with smoked effect beautifully blend with the assertive front fascia, with striking Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) seamlessly integrated with stylized fog lamps.
Bottom Grill and Fog Lamp
  • Tata Hexa has an inviting, all black sporty interior, with superior finishes, textures, and grains.
Tata Hexa - 7 seater
  • Sculpted seats with contrast stitching and accentuated bolsters with Benecke-Kaliko leather feel upholstery add to the finesse.
Leather Seats
  • Hexa comes with a choice of eight colors for in-cabin ambient mood lighting, with illumination control and customization.
In-cabin Ambient Moon Lighting
  • Comprehensive safety suite makes Tata Hexa a car to watch out for this year. It has 6 airbags (dual front, side and curtain airbags), electronic stability program (ESP) with roll-over mitigation for driving stability and traction, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to optimize braking distance and ensure vehicle stability, Traction Control System to prevent excessive wheel slip, and Hill Hold Control (HHC) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards on uphill drives and control descent on inclined surfaces, respectively.

Pratap Bose, who heads the design at Tata Motors, spoke at length about the meticulous design journey of the Tata Hexa.

The Spacious Tata Hexa

Currently, Pratap leads a team of 200+ design staff across three Global Design Studios in India, UK, and Italy.

Key Insights from Pratap's Presentation
  • The advanced next-gen 2.2L VARICOR 400 diesel engine delivers class leading 400 Nm torque and 156 PS power to make the new Tata Hexa responsive vehicle for a spirited drive experience.
  • Tata Hexa is available in two gearbox configurations - a new 6-speed automatic gearbox and a 6-speed manual transmission.
Automatic Gearbox Transmission

Manual Transmission
  • The Hexa manual transmission variant boasts first-in-segment 'Super Drive Modes' allowing you to seamlessly switch between four different driving modes - Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, and Rough Road - for enhanced ride comfort and stability over different terrains. These modes can be activated through the ergonomically placed rotary knob on the center console. This feature is a perfect combination of vehicle engine performance, new-gen Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Torque on Demand (ToD), Instrument Cluster display, and vehicle's ambient lighting. 
Tata Hexa - Manual Transmission Variant
  • The All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system is electronically controlled via an adaptive system by Borg Warner, with Torque on Demand (ToD) feature.
  • The Automatic version with a new-gen 6-speed automatic transmission has selectable modes: Economy, Sports and Auto-sensing, along with Race Car performance and Manual Shift option.
Tata Hexa - Automatic Gearbox Transmission Variant
  • Tata Hexa is equipped with new-gen CONNECTNEXT Infotainment system, with ergonomically placed 5" touch screen, exclusively designed by Harman, featuring voice recognition and smartphone integration.
  • With a JBL branded speaker system to die for, Tata Hexa is taking the entertainment quotient to a new high altogether. The vehicle has 4 door speakers, 4 tweeters, a center speaker, a sub-woofer, and a power amplifier. Utilizing Harman's unique technology, the system ensures high fidelity audio reproduction and harmonic richness, for a theater like experience.
Speaker System
  • The CONNECTNEXT infotainment system also has intelligent features such as playback via FM/AM, USB, iPod, Aux, Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming, navigation, on-screen SMS display and readout, and rear camera display.
CONNECTNEXT Infotainment System
  • The ConnectNext App suite includes the following apps:
    • NaviMaps App: 3D Navigation app with offline maps through screen monitoring for smartphones. 
    • Juke-Car App: First-in-segment app utilizes a mobile hotspot, to make a common playlist. 
    • Tata Smart Remote App: Personalize media, radio, audio, and moon lighting settings directly from the smartphone.
    • Tata Smart Manual App
Ravindra Jain, who heads the Product Marketing at Tata Motors, ended the Hexa product presentation by explaining a list of Do's and Dont's ahead of test drive the following day.

Tata Hexa

Highlights from Day 2
October 23, 2016 - 6.30 am

If Day 1 of the #HexaExperience IndiCampaign was all about immersing in the finer details of the vehicle, Day 2 was when we got to know the beast up close and personal.

Tata Hexa

Tata Hexa - Automatic Transmission Variants

Tata Hexa - Automatic and Manual Transmission Variants

Tata Hexa

Tata Hexa

Tata Hexa

Tata Hexa

I, along with two other IndiBloggers in my team, took turns to test drive the AT variant of the all new #TataHexa from Hotel Novotel Hyderabad Airport to Vikarabad, Telangana, which is roughly about 78.8 km journey one-way. On our return, we test drove the MT variant of the car.

The highlight of Day 2 was the off-roading experience, where the vehicle was tested in extreme road conditions.

Off-roading experience

Off-roading experience

Off-roading experience

Off-roading experience

Off-roading experience

Here's a short video of the #TataHexa off-roading experience.

Suffice to say, the new Tata Hexa makes for an engaging and exciting drive, taking the passenger vehicle experience to the next level.


  1. Tata Hexa is one of the best SUV in India till now at this price point. It’s very committed unbeatable machine on Indian road. Over all its an excellent car and its a competitive car to its rivals like Innova.

  2. Reading the post brought back nostalgia. The launch of Tata Cars is always a pleasure to attend. Missed this one, had attended a few others at Delhi, Kochi etc..

  3. Tata hexa car looking so stylish and I am sure it will roar on road like a beast.

  4. Tata cars is definitely one of the best in the market and Tata Hexa is excellent. What a wonderful experience it might have been to attend the lauch event.

  5. Tata Hexa is truly a great concept car and its Diamond cut finish alloy tyres look so good.

  6. Looks like a good and comfortable car. Would like to take it for a test drive. Looks like you all had a great day

  7. Omg Rahul such fond memories! I really miss those Indiblogger days and hanging out with you all. Really want this Covid to end. Tata hexa is my favorite SUV for obvious reasons 😃

  8. Tata Heya is perfect as per Indian market as they have amazing mechanism and great pricing as per Indian consumers. I loved the colors and flexibility of this model. Good article

  9. Comfort is next level. Mileage looks good and it looks amazing. It is a very spacious car.

  10. Tata cars are really good and this one too is undoubtedly a nice car too. The launch event must have been fab

  11. Thanks for this article. I am looking and researching for a good car now. I want to buy one soon. This definitely helps. I love the gear box, looks very smooth. I will keep Tata Hexa in mind.


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