The Tata Safari Storme and the Hexa SUVs are all set to gain a new, powerful state of tune of the 2.2 liter VARICOR turbo diesel engines, whose current outputs on the Storme are pegged at 138 Bhp-320 Nm. The new outputs see the power and torque figures raised to 158 Bhp-400 Nm. The Storme and Hexa equipped thus are expected to be quicker off the block. Driveability will also be enhanced translating into better roll on times on the highway. The facelifted Safari Storme, due to debut shortly, could get the new state of tune for the 2.2 liter VARICOR turbo diesel motor. The Hexa, for its part, is a heavily revised Tata Aria, and will be launched in India next year.
The Safari Storme with the more powerful engine has already been spotted on Pune roads. The giveaway of the more powerful engine is the VARICOR 400 badging above the SUV’s front fender. The vehicle’s facelift will also involve other changes such as a revised front fascia, a new center console design with an integrated infotainment unit and a new steering wheel. Speculated changes also include a new 7 seat layout with a front facing third row of seats. However, the front facing third row seating layout has never been spotted on a test mule, which indicates that Tata Motors may not add this feature to the facelifted Storme.
Therefore, the Storme is likely to continue operating as a five seater with two jump seats in the boot. Tata Motors is also working on an automatic gearbox for the likes of the Storme and the Hexa. The 6 speed automatic gearbox is likely to be offered on both SUVs next year. For now though, the 5 speed manual gearbox will be retained, along with rear wheel drive and four wheel drive options. The facelifted Safari Storme will be launched in India over the next few months. A flagship SUV from Tata Motors, the Safari Storme’s main rival in India is the Mahindra Scorpio Facelift. All you need to know about the Tata Hexa.
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