Tata Motors has unveiled a handful of models in recently concluded Auto expo including Gravitas, HBX mini SUV concept, Sierra concept, and Hexa Safari edition. The Hexa 4X4 variant has been discontinued recently due to the difficulty in complying with stringent BSVI norms. Hexa will make the perfect comeback with the Safari edition probably before the festive season.
The Safari edition is a cosmetic upgrade of the regular Hexa that has been discontinued. It gets a handful of styling tweaks like an updated set of roof rails, gloss black radiator grilles, tailgate garnish, and contrasting paint on the body cladding in the exterior. In the interior front, it gets updated upholstery and Safari badge on the dashboard. The 'unique paint job' surely makes the SUV stand out from the rest. The carmaker has drawn inspiration from the “earthy tones of the outdoors" to present the sophisticated look.
Under the hood, it is expected to be powered by the BSVI-compliant 2.2 Litre Varicor Diesel engine producing 153PS @ 4000rpm and 400Nm of peak torque @ 1750-2500rpm found in the discontinued Hexa. It is limited to 6-speed manual transmission only. The Automatic transmission option is offered in the 4X2 variant. The Safari edition is offered in the 4X4 power train option. Interestingly, the Safari suffix is given to all 4WD variants from Tata according to reports. Apart from the minor styling tweaks, the Hexa Safari edition remains the same as the standard Hexa. The safety features list comprises ABS, brake assist, 6 airbags, traction control, engine immobilizer, crash sensor, EBD, ESC, and speed sensor as standard. In terms of comfort and convenience it comes with automatic climate control, rear AC vents, cruise control, rear parking sensors, navigation system, voice control, and a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The regular Hexa couldn't survive in the market due to newer stringent BS6 emission norms. Hexa has managed to sell only 170 units for average sales of 6 months. Besides, the minimal updates to the SUV from the launch, contributing to the downside of sales. Altogether, the Hexa has been pulled off from the market due to poor sales.
In the Indian market, it will face the likes of Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, and Kia Seltos. The regular Hexa was offered at a starting price of Rs. 13.3 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi). The Safari Edition with an all-new heart, we can expect the price increase by Rs. 1 lakh. While the company is yet to reveal the official launch timeline of the new vehicle, the launch should be before the festive season.