Published On: Sun, Dec 18th, 2016

Tata Hexa vs. Tata Aria

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Rewind 6 years back from now, Tata Motors launched the Tata Aria SUV which eventually turned out to be a major flop, therefore giving a huge setback to the company. Launched at the 2010 Auto Expo, it was first showcased at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show.

Fast forward another 6 years from 2010, Tata looks to make up for all the past mistakes and undo all the wrongs that it did with the Tata Aria. In the quest of making remedies for the flaws and providing a great SUV to the automobile market, the company is all set to launch the new Tata Hexa, which could easily be dubbed as sheer brilliance. Once launched in India, it will be up against the likes of Mahindra XUV500.

The engine

Considering the time difference between the launch between the two, one has all the reasons in the world to believe that the Tata Hexa SUV has got a better and more powerful engine under the bonnet than that of the Tata Aria. While the Aria features a 2.2-litre diesel engine, the all new Hexa gets a 2.2-litre VARICOR engine. The presence of this VARICOR engine gives the Hexa an edge over its older sibling, hitting a maximum power of 156bhp and a peak torque of 400Nm. The engine at the heart of Aria is capable of generating maximum power of 150bhp and a peak torque of 320Nm. The power is transmitted to the wheels via a 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox in the Hexa, while the Aria has a 5-speed manual gearbox transmitting the power to the wheels.

Added features

Tata Aria wasn’t really short of features. Yet, Tata has put in loads of effort and have added some new and updated features. These features project the Hexa over its ancestor in ways more than one. The colour display infotainment system in Aria takes the shape of a 5-inch touch display in the Hexa. The Hexa also gets a new 10-speaker JBL audio system, which was yet elusive from the Aria.

Tata Hexa

The looks

Even though the new car retains the MPV-SUV crossover shape from Aria, Tata has meticulously enhanced the design to give the Hexa a sublime premier appearance. The flatter bonnet and chunkier bumpers add some ruggedness to the outer design. Moreover, in comparison to Aria, Hexa features larger wheels. The Hexa has got rid of the vertical tail lamp and features a much better looking split LED lamps, with a thick chrome bar just above the registration number plate.

Interior styling

The Tata Hexa features a much more sophisticated design and an improved dashboard. The vertical AC vents have given way to the 5-inch touchscreen display on the infotainment cluster. The steering wheel, instrument cluster and the auto AC setup has also undergone slight changes. However, there are still some similarities that can be noticed in terms of dashboard design between the two crossover SUVs.

Physical dimensions

Even though the Hexa is slightly shorter in length than the Aria, Tata claims that the yet-to-be launched has a larger legroom in all the three rows. Tata Hexa has 4,764mm length, 1,895 in width and 1,780 in height. Though the wheelbase, width and height is the same, the Aria is roughly 15mm longer.

Conclusion

Tata has put in a lot of effort into moulding the Aria into a newer designed Hexa. On paper, Tata Hexa looks like a much better car all-around. The overall styling looks good, the engine pumps out much more power. Other than this, there are other features added too. So, until the Hexa hits the road and we get to see them in a face off, it can be concluded that the new presentation from Tata is the clear winner.

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