The Tata Safari SUV has been chosen over many other vehicles in India as the new Indian army vehicles. The Safari has been around for a while now and it scored above the cars from Mahindra and Nissan to win the contract. Tata has already started delivering the vehicles to the army and we have seen the pictures of the first batch of the vehicles on the road. While all the vehicles given to the army are in olive green colour, a new picture of the Safari GS800, which is the same version that goes to the army, shows the vehicle in white instead of the olive green shade.
The car, which was spotted in Mumbai, has similar equipment and accessories that are seen on the Safari in the olive green shade. Interestingly, the olive green shade cannot be used by civilians on their vehicles in India. There is a possibility that the white Tata Safaris will be used by officers or maybe they will be used inside cities to be more discreet. However, nothing has been confirmed. However, paint chances are not tested by the manufacturers. If it is a test vehicle then the test must be happening for some new addition or equipment in the vehicle.
The Tata Safari Storme will replace the ageing Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, Mahindra MM550 DXB and the Hindustan Ambassador from the Army fleet. The SUV will be utilised by the force as secondary patrolling vehicles and in mild combat roles. Tata Motors will also supply add-on armours for these SUVs to provide protection from explosives and bullets.
The changes include an antenna mounted on the bonnet that will help the army servicemen to communicate freely and a pintle hook on the rear for towing other vehicles or carriages. The vehicle also gets additional lamps on the front that will be helpful during night drives in challenging terrains. The power output has been updated too but the re-tuned figure is not known. The civilian version is powered by a 2.2-litre Varicor turbocharged diesel engine that produces a maximum of 154 Bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque. It gets a 6-speed manual transmission and torque-on-demand transfer case.