Prior to its launch, it has been learned that the Tata Hexa MPV will also be launched with an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) variant, besides the fully automatic and manual transmission variants. The news became known as the Tata was spotted testing an AMT-fitted test mule of the Hexa.

The launch of the Tata Hexa MPV has been long delayed, even since it was showcased as a concept last year and as a production-ready vehicle this year. Meanwhile, Tata has tested an AMT model of the Hexa MPV.

While the Hexa will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel mill developing 156 PS and 400 Nm of torque, the Indian auto giant has also been making a 1.9-litre diesel powertrain in parallel. Since the ban on diesel engines over 2.0-litres in Delhi-NCR and Kerala might adversely affect sales figures, the Tata has been developing this engine with a slightly lower displacement.

The engine may also be tuned to deliver a slightly different output than the above. Despite this development, the MPV will be launched with the planned 2.2-litre engine this year and the 1.9-litre mill will go under the hood of the Hexa only next year.

With a four-wheel drive and a sporty multi-terrain mode, taking after the terrain response feature from the Land Rover, the Hexa MPV is likely to be high on power, equipment and features. ABS and ESP will be offered as standard on all trims, as ABS is to be made mandatory in India.

The Tata has been prudent with the Hexa, as it is confident that the MPV has the potential to do well in India. So, the Indian auto giant has taken time to time the launch well, which is expected around the festive season this year.