Tata Motors recently unveiled there upcoming 7-seater SUV Safari in the Indian market. They had showcased the pre-production version of the SUV to the public at the Auto Expo last year. The SUV was known as Gravitas back then. Tata would be officially launching the Safari on 26 January 2021. Tata would soon be starting to accept bookings for the SUV and it is expected to reach the dealerships across the country by the end of this month. Tata Safari is actually based on Harrier which was launched in the market in 2019. Tata has already launched Harrier in Dark Edition and here we have a render image that shows how Safari Dark Edition might look like.
The render image of Safari Dark Edition has been posted by MotorBeam on their Facebook page. The artist has not made many changes to the SUV. It is actually based on the picture of Safari that Tata has released. Unlike Harrier Dark Edition where every element on the SUV is blacked out, Safari Dark Edition retains the chrome elements. The render shows chrome grille at the front with tri-arrow inserts in it. It also has the chrome underline that starts from the DRLs. The silver coloured skid plate is also seen in the render. There is a silver colour insert around the headlamp as well.
Coming to the side profile, the SUV still has chrome door handles, chrome beading on window line and silver finished Safari plate on the roof rail. Other than that, the whole car has been painted in black. The dual tone alloy wheels have also been completely blacked out. If Tata launches a Dark Edition Safari in the market, there is a possibility that Tata might remove all the chrome elements. Safari name is making a comeback in the market after a gap. The Safari Storme was the last generation Safari SUV that we had in the market and it was discontinued as it was not BS6 compliant.
The new gen Safari is an extended version of the regular Harrier. It is 63 mm longer and 80 mm taller than Harrier. The length was increased in order to accommodate the third row of seats. In terms of design, Safari gets a design heavily inspired from Harrier. Only the rear portion of the SUV gets a different design than Harrier. On the inside, Safari is expected to features that were seen in Harrier. It will offer features like touchscreen infotainment screen, leather wrapped seats and steering, electrically adjustable seats, panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming IRVMs, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, JBL speaker system, drive modes and so on.
Tata Safari will be powered by the same engine as Harrier. It will be available with a diesel engine only. The upcoming Safari is powered by the 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 170 Ps and 350 Nm of torque. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission option. The Safari when launched will be the flagship SUV from the manufacturer. It will compete with MG Hector Plus and Mahindra XUV500 in the segment.