As suggested by Vice President SN Barman, Tata Hexa is unlikely to be discontinued as the recent rumour might suggest.
Word has been that Tata Motors will discontinue the Hexa before the upcoming BSVI norms kick in. It was being expected that Tata Harrier's seven-seater version will take the place of the Tata Hexa as Tata’s flagship model. Tata Motors had even put out their statement about the speculations, neither denying nor agreeing to the news, saying that the rumours are speculative and not, by any means, their official statement. A recent report on the Businessline has backed up the statement, quashing the rumour about the Tata Hexa’s discontinuation.
Tata's flagship model will not be discontinued
In an article published on Bussinessline on July 18, SN Barman, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Support at Tata Motors, asserts that the Tata Hexa will continue even after the BSVI comes into effect. SN Barman said that there are no feasible alternatives for the big diesel engines (with the displacement of 1.5 litres and above) at the moment. The large diesel engines sport higher fuel efficiency than the petrol engines. In the long run, petrol vehicles also demand higher running cost than the diesel ones. He also adds, “It makes more sense to have diesel engines during the BS-VI regime as well because one can always recover the additional cost of Rs 1-1.5 lakh.” The statement clearly suggests that Tata Motors will not cease its flagship Tata Hexa.
Tata Hexa needs to update its engine range to meet the upcoming emission norms
Currently, the Tata Hexa receives power from a 2.2-litre turbocharged engine which comes into two states of tunes. In the less powerful tune, the engine delivers 148 Bhp and 320 Nm and is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The more powerful version is capable of making the maximum power of 156 Bhp and the maximum torque of 400 Nm. This version comes with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or an automatic gearbox. The upcoming emission norms might require the Tata to update the current engine or replace it with a BSVI-compliant unit.
Tata Hexa is currently on sales at the price range from Rs. 13.26 lakh to Rs. 18.63 lakh. Tata Hexa is among the rare SUVs of its space to offer all-wheel-drive system. This SUV is now competing against the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and MG Hector as well as the upcoming Kia Seltos.