The recently launched Tata Hexa marked the boldest and most determined attempt by Tata Motors to enter the premium segment of the Indian car market; and by the looks of things, they have certainly pulled it off. The demand for this new vehicle has been on a steady rise since its launch.
The Hexa is powered by a 2.2 litre, 4 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine and is available in three trim levels: XE, XM and XT. The engine has been de-tuned to produce 150 hp and 320 Nm of torque in the base variant but, in the two higher trim levels, the engine makes 156 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Those who opt for the XM and XT variants can choose between a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic gearbox but, buyers of the base XE model can only have a 5 speed manual. Tata also offers 4x4 layout in the Hexa, and the company has taken additional steps to ensure its success by giving it an exceptionally long list of features.
However, well over half the bookings for the Tata Hexa (ex-showroom prices start from INR 11.99 lakhs onwards) are for its automatic version, and that comes as no surprise to us. In our review of the vehicle, we pointed out that the Hexa automatic is much better to drive than its manual version, especially as we felt that the clutch was a touch too heavy in the manual. Thus the XM and XT in automatic form remain the most sought after in the Hexa range. The Hexa already has a waiting period of nearly 2 months but, going by the popularity of the vehicle, that will surely stretch even longer with the waiting period for the automatic stretching even higher.