Tata Safari is finally going to launch the Safari on 26th January. The SUV was first showcased at Geneva Motor Show 2019 as the Buzzard Concept then it was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 as the Gravitas Concept. Finally, the SUV was christened as the iconic Safari. Now, more details about the SUV have surfaced on the internet which helps us in understanding what all the Safari will be offering over the Harrier on which it is based. The details are about the equipment level that Safari will be offering and also about the interior.
First, we talk about the interior of the SUV. We already know that Safari will be offered as a 6-seater or a 7-seater. The 7-seater versions will be offered with a 60:40 split seat setup. The 60 percent part of the seat will get an armrest. There will be a small lever on the right top side of the 40 percent seat. Which when pulled, the seat will automatically fold and tumble forward so that the third-row occupants can easily climb inside. The second-row seat will not slide but it will recline.
The third-row will have a 50:50 split so that you can fold down one seat and still one person will be able to sit on the other seat. The third-row occupants will also get some amenities like a netted pocket where they can store stuff, a cup holder, HVAC knob to control the amount of airflow and seatbelts. There will also be a USB port from XM variant onwards. In the boot, there will be a boot lamp on the right side, whereas on the left side will be a sub-woofer sourced from Harman. The XZ variant onwards the seats will be wrapped in leather and the driver seat will get an electrical adjustment.
Tata will offer push-button to start/stop, cruise control, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, 9-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system that will offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and it will be connected to a 9-speaker JBL system with amplifier and sub-woofer. The infotainment system will also feature connected tech. There will be iRA or Intelligent Real-time Assist, ConnectNext and What3Words voice commands.
The ECU for the connected car tech will be placed under the driver seat. It will come with valet mode, location sharing, car health display, live car tracker, find my car, panic notification, intrusion alert, remote car commands, roadside assistance, trip analysis, OTA or Over the Air updates, stolen vehicle tracking and remote immobilization request which would require you to call the customer care and then share the FIR details.
Being a Tata vehicle, there are loads of safety equipment. The homegrown manufacturer is offering disc brakes on all four wheels, tyre pressure monitoring system, rear parking sensors, Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold function on XT & XZ variants, ABS with EBD, Traction Control, Cornering Stability Control, Brake Disc Wiping, Off-road ABS, Stability Control, Hill Hold Assist, Hill Descent Control, Roll-Over Mitigation, Electronic Brake Pre-fill and Hydraulic Brake Assist.
These are some of the features that we have also seen on other Tata vehicles. What is new for Safari is Dynamic Wheel Torque by Braking, Engine Drag Torque Control and Hydraulic Fading Compensation. The panoramic sunroof will come with an anti-pinch function, rain sensor closing and global close function which close the sunroof as soon as you take the key off.
Some other features of Tata Safari are 18-inch alloy wheels on the top-end variant, rear AC vents, Ambient lighting, functional roof rails with 75 kgs of capacity, Xenon HID projector headlamps, easy slide co-driver seat, automatic vehicle hold and three terrain modes namely Normal, Wet & Rough Road. So, there is no doubt that Safari is a very well equipped vehicle and might be a tough competition to other SUVs in the segment.
The Safari will be powered by a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that we have seen on the Harrier and some other SUVs. The diesel engine produces 170 bhp and 350 Nm of torque. The power is transmitted to only the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. What is still left to see is how it performs with the “Safari” badge and having no all-wheel-drive system because the original Safari was known for its capabilities.