Tata launched the Safari this year. However, things are not the same. It is now based on a monocoque chassis and is a front-wheel-drive vehicle only. Tata has said that the platform on which Safari is based is capable of supporting a 4×4 system but as of now there are no talks of a 4×4 Safari. Here is a render made by Zephyr Designz. The video is uploaded on his YouTube channel and he has imagined the Safari as a proper 4×4 off-roader.
In the video, we can see that the rendered Safari has an additional metal bumper with a winch mounted on it. This can come in handy in tricky situations when the SUV gets stuck whereas the metal bumper will protect the plastic bumper from the bushes and branches that will hit the vehicle while off-roading.
There is also a small light bar mounted on the steel bumper while a larger set is mounted on the roof. This helps in illuminating the view ahead while off-roading. Then there are off-road tyres with different blacked-out alloys. There is also a top box mounted on the roof that can store your stuff. There is also a ladder that comes down and you climb up the ladder to access the top box. There is also a tow hook attached behind the SUV that can help you in towing stuff.
The Safari is the new flagship of Tata Motors. It is offered only with a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that is shared with Jeep Compass, MG Hector and Hector Plus. The engine produces 170 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The engine is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
It is only being offered in a front-wheel-drive configuration. Whereas the previous generations of Safari were primarily rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. They were also based on a ladder-frame chassis that is better when you have to use your SUV for off-roading.
The Safari is now a much more premium vehicle. It comes with soft-touch materials, leather upholstery finished in white and a dashboard with a wooden insert. There is also a huge panoramic sunroof that lets in a lot of light to the cabin. The Safari is now a 7-seater SUV. However, you can also get it as a 6-seater in which you get two individual captain chairs instead of a bench seat for the middle row.
There is also a lot of equipment now on offer because the SUV is now much more advanced and modern. You get a part digital instrument cluster, 8.8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, electric adjustment for the driver seat, LED Daytime Running Lamps with projector headlamps and LED tail lamps.
Safety equipment includes all four disc brakes, rollover mitigation, traction control, stability control, brake disc wiping, hill hold control, cornering stability control and ABS with EBD. The Safari goes against the Hyundai Alcazar, MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Mahindra XUV 700.