The all-new Tata Safari has been revealed, and the official launch is scheduled for the 26th of January, 2021. In the run up to launch, rendering artists have been a busy lot, letting their imaginations soar. The latest form of such imagination is a police car version of the all-new Tata Safari. Here, check it out.
As the render indicates, the all-new Tata Safari gets police livery on a white paint scheme, and a black roof wrap. That’s pretty much it when it comes to the changes on the ‘police version’ of the SUV. The Tata Safari Storme – no longer produced in India – is still used as a police car in Madhya Pradesh.
Coming back to the all-new Safari, the SUV shares its underpinnings with the Harrier but gets a new top-hat that raises the height of the roof, liberating more headroom for passengers in the second and third rows of seating. The taller roof also makes the SUV a lot more airier. The all-new Safari, like the Harrier, will get a panoramic sunroof on the higher trims. The SUV will sit on the OmegaARC platform, which is the Indian derivative of Land Rover’s LS500 platform that underpins the current Discovery Sport. The engine and transmissions offered on the new Safari will also be borrowed from the Harrier.
The engine will be a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel unit capable of outputting 170 Bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. While a front wheel drive layout will be standard across all variants, there will be two gearbox options on offer: a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed torque converter automatic. The all-new Safari will also get drive modes including a rough road mode that varies torque between the front wheels to help deal with low traction situations. It’s not a substitute for the all wheel drive layout though.
Tata Motors has been growing from strength to strength in the past couple of years, thanks to a slew of launches. The Harrier is bringing in sales of about 1,500 units each month, and the addition of the all-new Safari is expected to bring in extra sales of 500-1,000 units each month. Tata Motors wants to sell about 40,000 units each month in 2021, and this is in line with the automaker’s plans of doubling sales. Apart from the all-new Safari, the automaker will launch the turbocharged version of the Altroz premium hatchback and the Hornbill HBX micro SUV in India during 2021. The twin clutch automatic version of the Altroz is also expected this year.
The all-new Safari will be the new flagship offering from Tata Motors, and is likely to be priced about Rs. 1 lakh higher than the Harrier, variant to variant. The arrival of the new Safari also means that it’s the end of the road for the Tata Hexa, which was not made Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant. Over to the launch now.