Tata Motors recently launched their new flagship SUV, the Safari. They also have just delivered 100 units of the new SUV in Delhi-NCR. The new SUV is performing well, many purists were disappointed that the Safari was not offered as an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Tata has not yet confirmed that Safari will be offered with 4×4. However, Tata Motors did say that the OMEGARC platform on which Safari is based is ready for all-wheel-drive power train and electrification. Considering the high fuel prices, the market for expensive 4×4 SUVs could be less, but electric vehicles are the future and here is the first render of the Safari as an electric vehicle. The render is done by Electricvehicleweb.
The render showcases to us what the electric variant of the Safari might look like. We can see that the basic design of the Safari is the same. However, some of the blue elements are inspired by the Nexon EV which is currently the best selling SUV in the Indian market. So, there is a tri-arrow grille for the lower airdam in which some of the tri-arrows are finished in Blue. Just below it, there is a silver faux skid plate. Instead of the traditional grille, there is a place for the charger hidden just behind the Tata Motors logo. The chrome has been replaced by dark silver colour. So, the headlamp surrounds are finished in dark silver. It still gets the split headlamp design.
So, there are bright LED Daytime Running Lamps that double up as turn indicators. Below are the projector headlamps and the circular fog lamps. The SUV is finished in the same blue colour that is found on the Nexon EV. It is known as Signature Teal Blue. The Safari EV also gets a contrasting white roof. The A-pillar and the D-pillar are also finished in white, whereas the B and C-pillar are finished in Black. This gives a floating roof effect to the SUV. The door handles are also finished in White. The alloy wheels are new with a petal design and the outside rearview mirrors are also finished in black. The rear of the Safari EV is not rendered.
Tata Motors is currently one of the leaders in the electric vehicle market for India. They have already showcased us the Tiago EV and the Altroz EV at the Auto Expo 2020. While the Tigor EV is already on sale. The D8 platform from which the OMEGARC platform is derived is already underpinning hybrids and mild-hybrids too. Vehicles like Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Jaguar E-Pace are based on the D8 platform and are offered with plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid versions. Having said that Tata Motors has not shown any sign of introducing mild-hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles. They have only showcased the electric versions of their vehicles. The Safari and the Harrier are already selling in pretty good numbers. They have been able to surpass the February sales numbers of the MG Hector and the Hector Plus who scored their best month sales yet.