Tata Motors is putting together a refreshed version of the Safari Storme SUV for the Indian car market. The refreshed SUV is due for a launch during the festive season. The major changes expected on the Safari Storme Refresh include a new front fascia, a refreshed dashboard with the Harman Kardon stereo borrowed from the Aria Facelift and front facing seats for the third row. CarToq has put together renders depicting the expected changes on the Safari Storme SUV Refresh.
The major change in terms of the Safari Storme Refresh’s looks will involve the front end. The SUV is expected to feature a honeycomb grille up front, with design inspiration coming from the Land Rover Freelander2. The front bumper is also expected to see a minor re-profiling. In a nutshell, the changes will be minimal but enough to make out that the Storme has gone under the knife for a mid-life makeover.
The SUV’s 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine that outputs 140 Bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of peak torque could be retained. The same motor does duty in the facelifted Aria, albeit with a higher power rating of 148 Bhp. The power boost isn’t expected to be offered on the Safari Storme Refresh in order to maintain differentiation between the two SUVs from Tata Motors. The Safari Storme Refresh will retain the 5 speed manual gearbox.
Tata Motors has been testing a 6 speed automatic gearbox on the Safari Storme and the Aria. However, the market introduction of the new, automatic gearbox is expected to happen only next year. The latest refresh for the Safari Storme is meant to create buzz around the SUV, especially at a time when Mahindra is prepping up the Scorpio SUV Facelift for a launch during this year’s festive season.
The Safari Storme uses a hydro-formed ladder frame chassis, with the top end variants featuring ABS+EBD, twin airbags and a shift-on-the-fly 4X4 drive system with a low ratio. A big improvement from the Safari DICOR in many areas, direct competition for the Safari Storme comes from the likes of the Mahindra XUV500, the top-end variants of the Renault Duster and the Mahindra Scorpio.
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