Tata’s latest offering is the Safari which was discontinued in 2019 because of the BS6 emission norms. However, the homegrown manufacturer decided to bring back the iconic nameplate this year. But this time there was a huge difference. The Safari is not offered with a four-wheel-drive powertrain. The four-wheel-drive powertrain and the ruggedness is what the ‘Safari’ nameplate was known till now. But this did not stop people from taking it off-road.
Here is a video uploaded by Sunil Kulhari who is taking a Tata Safari on various kinds of off-road surfaces. The video has been uploaded on his channel on YouTube. The vlogger tries to do different types of tests with the SUV.
The video starts by saying ‘Approach Angle Test’ but from the video, it is not clear how much incline is there on the road but still the Safari is able to cross it quite easily. Then the vlogger drives the Safari on a muddy surface and it crosses that too. The vlogger then takes the Safari up a slight incline where the front wheels start spinning but the electronics system on the Safari are clever and helps it in climbing up.
Then the vlogger takes the Safari through a muddy sludge. This is where the front wheels lose the grip completely. However, eventually because of the slope the SUV slips to the less muddy surface where the tyres once again find the grip. The vlogger then attempts a steep rough patch which the Safari fails to climb because it keeps spinning its wheels. Then the Safari attempts to climb a steep hill and it is able to do it in one try without any issue. Finally, there is another steep rough patch that the Safari is not able to do at first but when the driver comes with a slightly higher speed then the SUV is able to climb up the patch.
Having watched many videos of the new Safari going off-road, it is not a good idea to take a front-wheel-drive vehicle for off-roading. The new Safari is much bigger than any of its previous generation. It is heavy, having a kerb weight of over 1.8 tonnes. Then there are some elements that do not make the Safari a good off-roader. For instance, it has a long base because of which the chances of getting beached are higher. There is another issue of not having a proper four-wheel-drive powertrain. Because the power is transferred to only the front two wheels, once they lose traction, the SUV cannot move anymore as there is no power going to the rear wheels. So, the vehicle lacks grip.
So, the Safari should only be used on tarmac roads and if the situation arises, you can go to mild trails like gravel but it won’t be able to handle slush, mud, sands or rocks. The Safari is offered with a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that we have also seen on the MG Hector, Hector Plus, Tata Harrier and the Jeep Compass. The engine produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. It is offered with 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.