Now that it has been almost three months since the unveiling of Safari Storme at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, the question which still remains unanswered is whether it’s worth waiting for the Safari Storme or not.
Here, we take a look at the various changes made to the Safari Storme and help you find the answer to this common but confusing question.
The Safari Storme retains the overall shape of the present Safari, but most of us tend to ignore the new chassis underneath it. Yes, the Safari Storme is built on the X2 platform on which the Tata Aria is also built. Hence, expect the Safari Storme to have a controlled vertical movement and an acceptable body roll.
If you are looking for a Safari which rides and handles better than the present model, then the Safari Storme is for you.
Performance and handling
The Safari Storme gets mild mechanical updates such as a 2.2-litre Dicor engine that puts out 138 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque with changes only in gear ratios (no changes in specifications). Other upgrades include rear disc brakes and a light hydro-formed chassis.
Hence, expect the Safari Storme to offer slightly better acceleration, steering feedback and a more effective braking than the old Safari. If you had been waiting for a significant performance upgrade, the new Safari Storme will not be of much interest to you.
Space and Comfort
There aren’t any noticeable changes in the seating comforts of the Safari Storme, when compared to the present model. The Safari Storme comes in the same 2+3+2 arrangement with jump seats in the third row.
If there is one significant improvement in the Safari Storme, it lies in the quality of its interiors. The inconsistent panel gaps and cheap looking plastics of the old Safari have been replaced with good quality plastics less evident panel gaps. There are minor improvements such as a glove box with more space, deep cubby holes and door pockets.
Hence, in terms of interiors, the quality offered in the Safari Storme will impress potential buyers. Also read: The Tata Safari Storme takes on the present Safari!
The Safari Storme displayed at the Auto Expo had a single DIN audio system, shift-on-the-fly 4WD, power windows, turn indicators on the outside mirrors and 16-inch alloy wheels and electrically adjustable mirrors which have become quite common even in cars below Safari’s segment. These are only mild changes when compared to the present model.
The Safari Storme is a bare basic vehicle when compared to the Tata Aria which has an impressive list of features such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP), ABS, EBD, traction control, six airbags, cruise control, Bluetooth, satellite based navigation system, leather upholstery, light sensing head lamps, rain sensing wipers, glove box chiller, 6 CD audio system and reverse camera.
Hence, the Safari Storme is sparsely equipped because there are only a few new features compared to the present model.
Looks are subjective, but still we feel that Tata has missed a wonderful opportunity to give an all-new look to the Safari. Instead, the company has tamed down the butch looks making the Safari Storme less sporty. The changes include an all-new grille which gives it a Land Rover-like look, a fresh headlamp cluster that has projector headlamps, chrome-tipped dual exhausts, redesigned tail gate with a new tail lamp cluster, a grey band and an integrated roof spoiler. The spare wheel is attached under the chassis, making the Safari Storme, less sporty sans the rear mounted spare wheel.
The Safari Storme may appeal to mature buyers but doesn’t have the sporty looks that urban SUV buyers expect in general. Also read: Tata Safari Storme vs. Mahindra Scorpio!
Tata Motors may likely price the Safari Storme close to the present Safari’s price range (Rs. 8.15 lakh – 13.25 lakh). The Safari Storme is an upgrade to the Safari in terms of interior quality, ride and handling characteristics. However, the Safari Storme largely remains the same as the Safari in key areas such as features, performance and looks.
If you are happy with the mildly face lifted Safari Storme, wait for a few more months for its launch but you won’t miss on much by buying the present model!