Tata brought back the Safari this year and it has been doing fairly well despite missing an all-wheel-drive option and now being a more premium vehicle. It is currently the flagship for Tata Motors. If you remember Tata used to have a lifestyle pickup truck known as Xenon, it did not really do well in the Indian market at that time. However, now there is a market for lifestyle pickup trucks. The best example is the Isuzu V-Cross. Here, we have a rendering of a Tata Safari that has been imagined as a pick-up truck.
The rendering is done by nstreet_designs and the pictures have been uploaded on Instagram. The artist has imagined the front quarter, side profile and the rear of the Safari pick-up truck. In the pictures, the truck does look quite good and practical. It is important to note that as of now there is no official announcement from Tata Motors and the pictures that we see here are just a rendering.
We can see that it is a four-door vehicle with a pick-up bed. So, you can seat all your passengers while carrying the stuff in the truck’s bed. So, it is quite practical. Considering that Safari is quite a big SUV, there should be ample space for all the occupants with ample headroom and legroom.
Up-front we get the same split headlamp design. However, the chrome elements have been blacked-out. So, there is a gloss black front grille with tri-arrow design. The headlamps still have a projector setup but are now smoked. At the side profile, the SUV pick-up truck gets after-market multi-spoke alloy wheels that run on wider tyres. There is also rock sliders placed to protect the pick-up truck and they also function as side steps so that occupants can get in or get out easily.
Then we come to the rear where you will see the most changes. There is a pick-up truck bed but it is not very large because the rendering still has four doors. But it is still quite practical because you can keep your stuff and it is definitely bigger than a regular boot that you get in the SUV. It also gets similar LED tail lamps.
The Safari is offered with a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. You can get it with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Unfortunately as of now, there is no 4×4 drivetrain on offer. Tata Motors has said that the platform on which Safari is based is capable of supporting an all-wheel-drive system. But we do not know if Tata will be bringing a 4×4 system for the Safari.
The SUV is offered in six variants. The pricing of the Safari starts at Rs. 14.99 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way up to Rs. 21.82 lakhs ex-showroom. It competes against the current Mahindra XUV 500, MG Hector Plus, Hyundai Alcazar and the upcoming Mahindra XUV 700.