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Tata brings Hexa, Kite 5 and Nexon at the Expo

As we all know, the Kite hatchback won’t be called the 'Zica' anymore (for obvious reasons), and Tata has confirmed that the new nameplate will be zeroed in within the next few weeks, post which there would be an official pan-India launch. Thereafter, the Zica-based or the Kite 5 compact sedan will make its India debut and so will the Aria’s replacement, the Hexa, and Tata’s first ever compact SUV, the Nexon.

So, the Aria, Tata’s premium-est model in its portfolio, couldn’t really work its magic on Indian customers. Where did Tata go wrong? A lot of places actually, and the expensive price-tag was one of them. However, Tata has learned its lesson, and hence, it went back to the drawing board and chalked out a fresh new SUV-crossover, which it calls, the Hexa.

Okay, it looks a lot like the Aria, but that’s fine. In fact, this time around, the Hexa looks more of an SUV-crossover than an MPV that desires to be an SUV. Tata says it has reworked the entire Aria platform and made sure most of it was either changed or improved upon. And improved they have. Starting with the front fascia – it now comes with the signature grille that is part of the Tata family look. Everything looks refreshing and more aggressive than before.

Then there’s the plastic cladding all around, dual-coloured wheel arches, integrated spoiler and roof rails, making the Hexa look robust and purposeful. On the inside, the Hexa comes with an all new cabin design. It’s modern and refreshing. And equipped with leather seats and chrome accents, it gives you a sense of premiumness.

Powering the Hexa is a 2.2L VARICOR 400 diesel engine which delivers 154bhp and 400 Nm of torque. The SUV will be available with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Safety tech includes six airbags, ABS, Corner Stability Control, Vehicle Dynamic Control, traction control and Engine Drag Control System. Tata plans to launch the Hexa later this year with a price tag closer to Rs 15 lakh.

Kite 5 (compact sedan)
The all-new Kite 5 (project name) compact sedan, makes its official debut at the Auto Expo 2016. Based on the Zica platform (name to be changed), the Kite 5 will compete with other sub-4-metre, compact sedans out in the market.

The Kite 5 is powered by Tata’s Revotron 1.2-litre, 3cyl petrol motor that makes 84bhp and a maximum torque of 114 Nm. Just like the hatchback, this one too will have two driving modes – Eco and City (default). There will be a diesel variant on offer too, but for now, Tata isn't giving out any details. We believe it will be shared with the Nexon compact SUV.

Once Tata launches the hatchback, the compact sedan too will be heading to the showroom floors in a few months’ time.

Nexon (compact SUV)
Completing the Tata range at the Expo is the Nexon compact SUV. It is very close to being a production model, which means after final few tweaks, the Nexon would be ready to hit the production lines. And from the way this specimen looks, this has the potential to be the best looking compact-SUV out there.

In flesh, the Nexon looks stunning with its bright dual-tone finish. Along with the flashy exteriors, the Nexon comes with a plush cabin that includes a 6.5inch touchscreen infotainment system, voice control and command recognition, and 8 speakers surround sound Harman music system.

The compact SUV will be available in both petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre turbo petrol motor will be shared with the Kite 5, while the display model out here carries a 108bhp, 260Nm diesel motor. All this power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The Nexon compact SUV will join the newer Tata models by the end of this year.

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