Tata Safari has always been an SUV that has had a cult following. It was succeeded by the Safari Storme and the loyalists considered it an upgrade worthy enough of their money. But the SUV has not been able to catch the fancy of many barring the loyalists as others like the XUV 500, Scorpio, Duster and Terrano have become the choice of the masses instead. Nonetheless, Tata Motors wants a bigger share of the pie and is working on giving the SUV a slight refresh to get that.
The spyshots of a heavily camouflaged Safari Storme test mule have just hit the interweb and they surely have the automobile community guessing big time as to what exactly Tata Motors is planning. The Safari Storme, when launched in its refreshed guise will come with some cosmetic changes. The fact that the rear windows are camouflaged heavily hint towards the fact that interiors will be refreshed and a third row of seats might just make its way on to the SUV too( Safari Storme currently gets jump seats in place of the third row).
Tata Motors might give the car a mechanical upgrade too and that it something a lot of people would appreciate. The Safari Storme is expected to get the 2.2 litre motor that powers it currently in the same state of tune as its recently facelifted sibling Aria in which it makes 150 PS of maximum power and 320 NM of peak torque. The current Safari Storme makes 140 PS – 320 NM.
The word on the street is that the car was being tested for an automatic gearbox. Tata Motors wanted to keep the testing under wraps as they took the car to the hills for testing where the chances of getting caught are much less than those on the city roads. It was caught on the Ooty – Masinagudi Road in the Nilgiri hills. Safari Storme was launched back in 2012, but it could not replicate the success of the original Safari.