Tata Safari is one of the most iconic names in the Indian autom0tive industry. It managed to generate a lot of hype when Tata announced that they will be bringing back the Safari for the Indian market. The SUV was launched on 26th January and the bookings for the Safari will commence on February 4th. The Safari will be the new flagship of the homegrown manufacturer. Now, we have a picture gallery that showcases how the SUV looks in real life.
The new SUV will be offered in 6 variants, namely XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ and XZ+.
The Safari is powered by a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that we have also seen on the Harrier. The engine produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The automatic transmission is offered with XM, XZ and XZ+ variant. The Safari also gets a massive panoramic sunroof with XT+ and XZ+ variant.
Tata offers 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, LED Daytime Running Lamps and roof rails as standard.
Other features include front fog lamps, third-row AC vents and controls, follow-me-home headlights, drive modes, steering mounted controls, rear wiper, driver’s seat height adjust and much more.
There is also a Boss mode button which moves the front passenger seat forward from the rear. The interior also gets a black and beige colour theme which gives the SUV a more premium appearance than the Harrier.
The Safari is based on the same platform as the Harrier despite being 63mm longer and 80mm taller. This gives Safari a larger rear overhang and a taller roof. It helps in accommodating the third row and opens up more headroom.
The Safari also gets an optional 6-seater arrangement with 2 captain seats for the middle row. This adds to the premium touch of the cabin and helps Safari to compete directly against the MG Hector Plus.
Tata also offers a tyre pressure monitoring system, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, automatic climate control, rear parking camera, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, ambient lighting and keyless entry.
Lower variants get a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is also offered with a 8 speaker audio system. Whereas, the higher variants get an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 9 speaker system sourced from JBL.
On the higher variants, you get a 7-inch digital instrument cluster with an analogue speedometer, Xenon HID projector headlamps, electronic parking brake, 18-inch machined alloy wheels, cornering function for fog lamps, leather upholstery and 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat.
Tata also offers terrain response modes despite Safari being a front-wheel-drive SUV. Tata has said that the platform is capable of 4×4 system and electrification for future prospects. The manufacturer is also offering side and curtain airbags and hill descent control.
At the front, we get split headlamp design with a tri-arrow grille finished in chrome. The rear quarter glass is larger than the Harrier so that the third-row occupants do not feel claustrophobic.
At the rear, we get sleeker LED tail lamps, faux skid plate, shark-fin antenna and faux twin exhaust tips. The rear also houses the ‘Safari’ inscription and the tailgate is also much more upright than the Harrier.
Tata Safari will be competing with the MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Mahindra’s XUV500 that will be launched by mid of 2021.