Tata Motors continues testing the Safari Storme Facelift even as the SUV’s arch rival, the Mahindra Scorpio, has just received a major makeover. The facelifted Safari Storme is expected to be launched soon. In terms of cosmetic changes, the Safari Storme’s Facelift will be limited to a tweaked front end with a new honeycomb grille and a revised front bumper.
On the inside, an infotainment system upgrade and a front facing, third row of seats are the likely additions. However, the test mule of the Safari Storme did feature neither the front facing third row nor the side facing seats, what with the space behind the middle row going empty. With that, the direction that Tata Motors will take on the last couple of seats on the Storme remains mired in secrecy.
We expect the Safari Storme SUV to also borrow the higher state of tune of the 2.2 liter VARICOR turbo diesel engine from the Aria. This engine is likely to output 148 Bhp-320 Nm on the facelifted Safari Storme. The 5 speed manual gearbox will be retained and so will be the rear wheel drive layout.
Tata Motors will continue offering the shift-on-the-fly four wheel drive system from Borg Warner on the top-end variant of the Storme. Given the fact that the Safari Storme is going for hefty discounts of nearly a lakh rupees, a price correction downwards could make the SUV much more appealing, especially in view of the Mahindra Scorpio Facelift’s recent launch.
The Tata Safari Storme does come with its set of pluses when compared with the Mahindra Scorpio Facelift. The Safari Storme is more spacious than the Scorpio and has a well sorted ride and handling package that feels more mature than that of the Scorpio. Also, the interiors of the Safari Storme feel more upmarket than those of the Scorpio.