Tata will be calling their upcoming SUV, the Safari, which was earlier called Gravitas. Recently, the front of the SUV was spied and now the rear of the production-spec SUV has been spied. The production of the new SUV has already commenced and in the spy shots, we can also see a new Blue colour that is not currently available on the Harrier on which the Safari is based on. The all new Tata Safari will be the flagship of the homegrown manufacturer and it is going to launch on 26th January.
From the spy shots, we can see the rear profile of the SUV. We see the new Safari badging that is placed in bold letters in the lower half of the tailgate, it also gets a sleeker-looking LED tail lamps that are connected through a glossy black strip. The boot lid is flatter and larger than the Harrier. The bumper has also been re-tweaked and now it gets faux skid plates and faux exhaust tips. From the spy shots, we can also see that it will get the same alloy wheel design as the 2020 Harrier whereas the lower variants will get a wheel cover and a smaller tyre size.
It also now gets a panoramic sunroof which was missing on the Gravitas that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The Safari will be 63 mm longer and 80 mm taller than the Harrier. This has been done with a longer rear overhang and a stepped-up roof. It will help in opening up room for the third-row occupants. The front will get the same design and split headlamp setup as the Harrier. However, the Safari will get a premium-looking tri arrow grille finished in chrome.
The Safari will be based on the OmegaARC platform that is derived from Land Rover’s D8 platform. The SUV will be a front-wheel-drive for now and will get a monocoque chassis. When compared the previous Safari used to get rear-wheel or all-wheel drive powertrain and a ladder-frame chassis. Due to this, some purists are disappointed, but Tata says that the OmegaARC platform allows them to add 4×4 later on and it even allows them to electrify the vehicle. Powering the new Safari will be the same 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that we have seen on the Harrier. The engine produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Feature equipment for the Safari will be quite extensive. It will get leather upholstery, floating touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rear AC vents, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, multiple drive modes and a dual-tone cabin which help in opening up a sense of airiness in the cabin. Tata will be pricing the Safari around Rs. 1 lakh more than the Harrier. The bookings of the Safari are expected to start this month after the launch which is scheduled to happen on 26th January. It will be competing against the MG Hector Plus, Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Hyundai Creta 7-seater.