The Tata Hexa Safari Edition was expected to launch in 2020 itself, but it didn't happen as the engines failed to meet BS-VI emissions. But Tata has now confirmed the updated Hexa is launching in 2021.
Tata Motors showcased the Hexa Safari edition at the 2020 Indian AutoExpo, though now the Indian automaker has confirmed they will launch the Gravitas SUV as the all-new Safari later this month. When asked about the launch of the Hexa Safari Edition, Tata replied saying they will launch it later this year. The brand didn’t reveal the exact launch date of the Hexa Safari Edition when it was showcased. It was expected to launch in April 2020 after the BS-VI emission norms kicked in, though it ended up not launching in 2020.
Tata’s social media team has now confirmed that the Hexa Safari Edition will launch by late 2021, but exact dates were not stated. While replying to a customer query, Tata Motors on Twitter said – “The Hexa Safari Edition is a concept mode presented at the Auto Expo’20, to give a preview to the shape Hexa would take in the future when launched in BS6 later this year.” The Tata Hexa Safari Edition was a concept 4x4 version of the regular vehicle, and it’s not sure if Tata will bring the same specs to the market. The overall exteriors remained the same to the stock Hexa though it got a few tweaks like Safari Edition badges all over, blacked-out all the chrome parts and 17-inch alloy wheels. The interiors of the Hexa Safari Edition also remain identical to the regular version of the vehicle. It gets a black-beige theme, which is new and just like the exterior, it also gets Safari Edition badges on the dashboard and many other parts.
The Tata Hexa Safari Edition will be powered same 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine that is available in the regular Hexa. This engine has been discontinued as it failed to meet the new emission norms, so Tata will have to upgrade and modify the engine to comply with the new BS-VI norms. It used to be available in two states of tune but the Hexa Safari Edition is most likely to get the more powerful tune. The oil-burner produces 154 PS/400 Nm of peak power and torque and can be paired to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. However, the regular Hexa provided the optional AWD system only with the manual gearbox.
With the discontinuation of the Tata Hexa in 2020, the manufacturer doesn’t have any 4x4 vehicles in its current lineup. Since the soon to launch new Tata Safari will be front-wheel-drive only, for now, the Hexa Safari Edition may come with an AWD system to differentiate the models.