Tata Safari is one of the most iconic nameplates in the Indian market. So, when Tata Motors decided to bring back the nameplate purists were a bit disappointed because the 2021 Safari was front-wheel drive only. When compared all the previous Safari SUVs were rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and till today Safari name is known for its ruggedness and capabilities. The new Safari is also not based on a ladder-chassis unlike the previous iterations of it. The SUV is now based on a more modern monocoque chassis. However, all of this did not stop Bunny Punia to take the 2021 Safari to the Atal Tunnel. The video has been posted on YouTube on Bunny’s channel.
In the video, we can see that the Safari did not face any issue and reached Atal Tunnel, despite not having an all-wheel-drive. The variant that the Vlogger drove was the XZA+ which means it was the top-end variant with an automatic transmission. The trip was started from West Delhi to Manali which is 540 km. After reaching Manali at night, the Vlogger left for Lahaul Valley via the road that goes to Solang. Then they entered the Atal Tunnel at South Portal. The SUV did face some semi-frozen water potholes, snow and ice but it did not face any issue.
Speaking more about the Atal Tunnel, it is the longest tunnel above 10,000 feet as it measures 9.02 km. It helps in avoiding the Rohtang Pass and shortens the 117 km route by 46 km. The travel time is reduced by around 4 to 5 hours. The aim of the Atal Tunnel is to provide all-year access to the Lahaul-Spiti valley. The tunnel is very smartly made by which we mean there is a fire hydrant placed in every 60 metres, there is a broadcasting system placed throughtout the tunnel, cameras are placed after every 60 metres and CCTVs with auto-incident detection are placed after every 250 metres. Air quality is monitored in every 1 km and there is a telephone placed after every 150 metres.
Now talking about the Safari itself, it is powered by a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that we have seen on the Harrier. It produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. It is offered with two gearbox options. There is a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. The new SUV is offered in six variants namely, XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ, and XZ+. The base XE variant starts at Rs. 14.69 lakhs ex-showroom whereas the top-end Adventure Persona Edition XZ+ with automatic transmission is priced at Rs. 21. 45 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Adventure Persona Edition is a special variant that gets blacked-out exterior bits and a different cabin colour. There are no mechanical changes to the Adventure Persona Edition. The SUV is packed with features like automatic climate control, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, electrical adjustment for the driver seat, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and iRA connected car technology and a lot more. The Safari competes with the MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Mahindra XUV500.