Tata is all set to launch their new flagship model, Hexa which will soon enter our market (Jan 18). The Hexa will be a full sized crossover which will be priced aggressively to take on all SUVs. It is expected to be the most advanced vehicle from Tata in terms of technology and features and its tempting price should seal the deal for this SUV. However, low pricing will mean it will attract competition from the top variants of relatively compact SUVs which also fall in the same price bracket and one such rival is Hyundai Creta. The Creta is currently the largest selling compact SUV in India which is equipped with all modern features and powerful engines which makes it a hot seller.
This SUV continues to have strong demand. So does the Creta really have to worry from the Hexa? Let us find out in detail as we compare both SUVs.
The Hexa and Creta surely look completely different with Hexa being the bigger one of the two in terms of visual looks and road presence. The Hexa is a proper 7/8 seater MPV turned into SUV while the Creta is by far Indias best looking compact SUV which has been so popular with its SUV looks despite being so compact in size. The Hexa measures 4764mm in length while it has a width and height of 1895mm and 1780mm respectively. Compared to Hexa, the Creta stands at 4270mm in length, 1780mm in width and 1630mm in height.
Thanks to the additional length, the Hexa also marches forward with its longest wheelbase in class of 2850m which is exact 260mm longer Creta which shows how much of additional leg space will be available inside the Hexa. The Hexa may have a ground clearance of 200mm which will be 10mm higher than the ground clearance of Creta which rides on 16-inch wheels while the Hexa will ride on 17-inch wheels. The biggest USP of Hexa will be its optional seating arrangement of 7 & 8 seating as Creta is only available with a five-seating arrangement.
The Hexa will only be available with a diesel engine while the Creta comes with a choice of petrol engine as well along with two diesel engines. The Hexa will be powered by 2.2L Varicor four-cylinder diesel engine which will be the most powerful engine developed by Tata motors and will make Hexa the most powerful offering in its segment. The Hexa is likely to churn out a peak power of around 157bhp with a torque output of 400Nm. This engine will be equipped with a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission which will be the first ever six-speed gearbox from Tata. The Hexa will be very powerful if compared to its rival, Creta.
The Creta comes with two 1.6L engines; one engine each of petrol and diesel. Apart from these, it also comes with a less powerful 1.4L diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This 1.4L produces a peak power and torque output of 89bhp and 224Nm respectively. The more powerful 1.6L diesel engine pumps out a peak power and torque output of 126bhp and 265Nm respectively. The 1.6L petrol engine produces a peak power of 122bhp. The 1.6L petrol and diesel engine comes standard with six-speed manual gearbox and optional six-speed auto gearbox. The Hexa will come standard as a rear drive vehicle while it will have optional 4WD layout but the Creta is only a front wheel drive SUV.
Feature details of Hexa are not officially out yet but it is speculated to be launched with numerous premium features same as Creta such as touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted controls, electrically foldable ORVMs, automatic climate control, all leather interiors, projector headlamps, ABS with EBD, dual front and side airbags, keyless entry, power adjustable seat, reverse parking camera and sensors. Other common features will include cornering lights, stability control, hill climb assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, auto climate control, push button start additional 4 airbags etc.
The pricing will also play a key role to decide the fate of Hexa in India as the Creta is priced aggressively. The Creta starts from INR 10 lakhs and the range topping variant of Creta is priced at INR 14.58 lakhs and the Hexa will also be priced in the same price bracket with prices starting from around INR 14lakhs which will bring it right in the territory of Creta. The Creta has advantages like its proper SUV styling plus a huge range of engines and gearbox options to choose from but the Hexa is bigger and more spacious plus seems to match in terms of features. If Tata Motors price it right, the Hexa would be the biggest rival to the likes of the Creta, no doubt.
By- Sunil Kumar