Tata Gravitas created a lot of hype before its launch and Tata recently surprised everyone by rebadging the Gravitas as the Tata Safari, which was discontinued back in 2019 due to safety regulations and strict BS6 emission norms. Now, more details about the Tata Safari, which is supposed to launch on 26th January have surfaced. The details include variants, seat configurations, colours, features etc. We have seen the Gravitas at the Auto Expo 2020. Before that, we saw it as the Buzzard at the Geneva Motor Show 2019. So, the SUV has been in development for quite some time.
According to TeamBhp, the Safari will be offered in 4 variants. The base variant will be called XE, then there will be the XM. The top-end variant will be XZ and the XT will sit below XZ. Tata will be offering two seating options for the second row. There will be a bench seat which will seat three people at once or there will be two individual captain chairs making the seating capacity of the SUV as 6-seater. There are three colours confirmed for the Safari. There will be Royale Blue, Orcus White and the Daytona Grey. While we know that Tata will be offering loads of safety equipment, they will also be offering rear disc brakes and electronic parking brake. The top two variants i.e. XT and XZ will also get a panoramic sunroof which will let in a lot of light and will add a sense of airiness to the cabin. The Safari will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The bookings will start soon after the launch of the SUV on 26th January. The test drive cars will be delivered to the dealers in the last week of January. Finally, the dealer training is scheduled for the third week of January.
The interior of the SUV will see the same layout as the Harrier but will get a lighter themed cabin. The Safari will also be 63 mm longer and 80 mm taller than the Harrier. This will help in opening up a sense of airiness and space for the occupants. The dimensions of the SUV have been increased to accommodate the third-row seats while the wheelbase and the width of the SUV are expected to be retained. The SUV will come with leather upholstery, floating touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rear AC vents, multiple drive modes, automatic headlamps and wipers, cruise control, electrically adjustable driver seat and a lot more features.
Tata Safari will be powered by the same 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine as the Harrier. So, the engine will be producing 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. As mentioned earlier, the engine will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The prices of the Safari are expected to be around Rs. 1 lakh more than the Tata Harrier which starts from Rs. 13.84 lakhs ex-showroom. Tata Safari will be competing against the MG Hector Plus, all-new Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Hyundai Creta 7-seater.