Tata Safari is one of the most iconic names in the automotive industry of India. Tata will be launching the new SUV on 22nd February and it was first revealed on 26th January. The Safari was earlier known as the Gravitas Concept which was showcased to us at the Auto Expo 2020. The Safari is actually a bigger version of the Harrier. To be precise it is 63mm longer and 80mm taller than the Harrier. Tata has supplied the Safari Storme to the army and here is a render of the new generation Safari that is serving the army. The render has been done by SRK Designs and the video has been uploaded on his YouTube channel. It gives us an idea of what Safari would look like if it was used by the army.
We can see that the Safari is finished in Military Green colour which looks really attractive on the SUV. The artist has deleted all the chrome from Safari and they are replaced either by blacked-out bits or body colour. The design of the SUV has not been changed much, it just gets multiple additions over the standard Safari. For instance, there is a light bar placed just above the windshield to light the roads ahead better.
There is a mesh grille all over the windows and the windshield. It comes with multiple antennas all-around for communication devices. The alloy wheels are replaced by blacked-out steel wheels which are just more practical, functional and don’t break when while off-roading. But here is a thing, the new Safari will not be offered with a 4×4 powertrain. It comes only as a front-wheel-drive vehicle. However, Tata says that the Omega ARC platform is ready to go 4×4 or full electric for future purposes.
Powering the 2021 Safari is the same 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that is doing duty on the Harrier. The engine produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. The engine is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
On the front, the Safari gets a split headlamp design with LED Daytime Running Lamp that doubles up as turn indicator and projector headlamps, tri-arrow grille finished in chrome and some other chrome bits to enhance the premium look of the Safari. On the side, the Safari comes with a stepped-roof just like the original Safari did, it gets 18-inch machined alloy wheels instead of 17-inches as we have seen on the Harrier. The rear of the Safari is more upright and gets sleek LED tail lamps when compared to the Harrier.
Safari will be offered as a 7-seater as standard. However, the top-end variant will be offered as a 6-seater option. The interior is finished in white and there are soft-touch materials on the dashboard and other touchpoints enhancing the premium feel of the cabin. There are features like automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, tyre pressure monitoring, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The new flagship of Tata Motors will compete against the MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Mahindra XUV500.