Tata is all set to unveil the Safari today. It is one of the most awaited SUV for the Indian market because we have been seeing it in various concept forms for 2 years. First, we saw it as Buzzard Concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show then we saw it at the Auto Expo 2020 as Gravitas Concept. It was not until recently that the SUV was christened as Safari. Today, we have a video of the Safari’s base variant which showcases us quite a bit of detail about what can we expect from a Safari that is offered on a budget. The video has been uploaded by All Rounder Pattathari on his YouTube channel.
We can see that the SUV still gets the projector headlamps and split headlamp design. The chrome-finished tri-arrow design that we have seen in the teasers is not present on the Safari in the video. This is because it is a base variant so it gets a blacked-out grille regular grille.
One important change that we see on the exterior of the SUV is the 16-inch steel rims instead of 17-inch dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels that will be offered on the higher variants. The outside rear view mirrors are also expected to be blacked-out and the rear bumper does not get a chrome garnishment. However, the Safari still retains its LED tail lamps at the rear.
For the interior, we can see that it is pretty bare-bones. The steering wheel does not have steering mounted controls nor does it have cruise control buttons, it gets a manual air conditioning with heater, it gets an internally adjustable rear view mirrors, there is a smaller infotainment system which we do not know what will offer. We can also see that it does not get a digital instrument cluster, it gets an analogue instrument cluster between which should show some information at least.
There are no soft-touch materials used for the dashboard. So, it gets hard plastic instead of the premium soft-touch material. Tata is also offering fabric seats, which are black in colour as we can see the cabin of the SUV does not get the dual-tone beige theme. The variant in the video is a manual transmission one and we can also see the Harrier-style manual parking brake. As we all know that there will be an automatic gearbox on offer also.
Powering the Safari will be the same 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that we have seen on the Harrier. It is a Fiat-sourced engine that is doing duty on some other SUVs also like MG Hector and Jeep Compass. The 2.0-litre engine is capable of producing 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. Currently, there is no all-wheel-drive powertrain but we hope that it is offered with the upcoming models because Safari was known for its capable off-roading. Once launched, Tata Safari will be competing against the MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Mahindra XUV500. The prices of the Safari are expected to start from Rs. 15 lakhs ex-showroom.