Tata Motors, the popular Pune-based Indian car manufacturer, has bagged the order of supplying more than 3,000 units of the Safari Storme to the Indian Army. The company recently delivered the first batch of the Army-spec Safari Storme SUVs, and recently, we managed to spot the latest SUV of the Indian Army on the roads of New Delhi. As you can see in the video below, the Safari Storme for our Forces comes in a shade of olive green and doesn’t look completely like the regular model.
This Tata Safari Storme will replace the ageing fleet of Hindustan Ambassador, Maruti Gypsy and Mahindra MM550 in a phase-wise manner. The SUV will be the staff vehicle of the Army and will be even used as a secondary patrolling vehicle in mild combat roles.
The Army-spec Safari Storme SUV comes with an antenna mounted on the bonnet to enable the occupants to communicate with other Army personnel. The car also gets a rear tow hook, spotlight and a side-mounted jerry can. Like we said, this Safari Storme comes in an olive green colour. This particular shade of green can be used only by the Indian Armed Forces. Any civilian vehicle that sports this shade of green is not road-legal. Even the alloy wheels come painted in this colour.
The interior of the Army-spec Safari Storme looks almost exactly like that of the regular model. The Safari Storme for the Indian Army comes with features, such as air-conditioning, power-steering, power-windows, central-locking and adjustable steering.
Safety features include dual front airbags and ABS. Powering this Safari Storme is a re-tuned version of the 2.2-litre Varicor turbo diesel engine that powers the regular variant. The updated motor outputs 154 bhp and 400 Nm. It comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a torque-on-demand transfer case.