All-new Tata Safari SUV: Variants explained

Tata has just unveiled the Safari for the Indian market. The SUV will launch next month with the bookings starting from 4th February. The SUV was previously shown at the Auto Expo 2020 as the Gravitas Concept. The Safari gets the same 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine as the Harrier. The engine is capable of producing 170 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The new flagship of Tata Motors will compete against the MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Mahindra XUV500. The Safari is offered in six variants, namely XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ, and XZ+. As there are a lot of variants to choose from, it can be a bit confusing to choose the right one. So, we help you by explaining what all things do each variant offers.


The range kicks off with the XE variant. For a base variant, Tata offers quite a bit of safety equipment as standard. You get dual front airbags, ESP, hill hold assist, rollover mitigation, traction control, rear disc brakes, rear parking sensors, central locking, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, projector headlights, Daytime Running Lamps and roof rails as standard. There is also cornering stability control, brake disc wiping, ABS with EBD, perimetric alarm system, power windows, 60:40 split for second-row seats, 50:50 split for third-row seats and a smart charger for the second and third row. There is also a boss mode which moves the front passenger seat forward from the rear.


The XM variant sits above the base XE variant. It gets driving modes, namely Eco, City and Sports, it also adds a 7-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system which is connected to 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, steering mounted controls, follow-me-home headlamps, rear parking sensors with display, front fog lamps, rear wiper with washer, remote central locking, height-adjustable driver seat and electrical adjustment for outside rearview mirrors. The XM variant is also offered with an automatic transmission.


The XT sits above the XM variant and adds some premium and convenience features. Tata adds soft-touch dashboard with anti-reflective ‘Nappa’ grain top layer, automatic climate control, LED Daytime Running Lamps, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, electrically foldable outside rearview mirrors, rear armrest with cup holders, height-adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and push-button to start-stop. You also get mood lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitoring system, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, reverse parking camera and cruise control. The infotainment system gets 4 speakers and 4 tweeters, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and iRA connected car technology.


The XT+ variant offers the same features and equipment list as the XT, but adds the panoramic sunroof or as Tata likes to call it ‘Majestic Skydome’.


The XZ variant sits just below the top-end variant of Safari. It comes with Xenon HID projector headlamps, cornering function for the fog lamps, terrain response with three modes, namely Normal, Rough and Wet, shark-fin antenna, 7-inch TFT screen for the instrument cluster, 6 airbags, hill descent control, ISOFIX mounts, electronic parking brake with auto hold, 18-inch machined alloy wheels and 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat. The touchscreen infotainment system is upgraded to an 8.8-inch unit with 4 speakers, 4 tweeters, 1 subwoofer and an amplifier. All of which are sourced from JBL. Then there are the premium touches like a white coloured theme for the interior, leather upholstery, door pad inserts, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. You can also get the automatic transmission with the XZ variant.


The XZ+ is the top-end variant of the Safari. It gets all the bells and whistles of the XZ variant, but adds a panoramic sunroof or ‘Majestic Skydome’. It is also offered with an automatic transmission and it is the only variant that you can opt with captain seats for the second-row. This is the variant that offers a full-blown Tata Safari experience.