Tata Motors is most likely to launch the Safari Storme in September 2012, according to a report. Prospective buyers have been waiting for the Safari Storme to launch ever since it was showcased at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year.
It is rumoured that the final production model of the Storme will have some minor changes when compared to the model that was showcased at the Expo. It is being said that the interiors of the Storme will be much more refined and polished than the Storme seen at the Auto Expo.
It seems that Tata has decided to make changes to the Safari Storme after getting feedback from industry experts and those who sampled the car first hand at the expo. This is also being cited as the reason for the constant delay in launching the Storme. Also read: The Tata Safari Storme takes on the present Safari!
The Safari Storme will not replace the present Safari instead both the SUVs will co-exist with the Storme being priced a little over the regular Safari model. We expect the Safari Storme to be priced between Rs. 9 lakh and Rs. 12 lakh. This will place the Safari Storme directly in Mahindra XUV500 and Renault Duster territory. Also read: Regular Safari to be repositioned.
The Storme has a Land Rover-like look, a honeycomb grille, new headlamp cluster with projector headlamps, new bumper and fog lamp housing. The side profile has subtle changes in the rear fender, foot step and door handles. At the rear, Storme sports a cladding band above the chrome strip, an integrated roof spoiler and chrome-tipped twin exhausts.
The Storme is built on the Tata Aria’s hydro formed body-on-ladder chassis which will give it better ride and handling characteristics than the present Safari. The Storme has a 5.4 meter turning radius making it easier to drive and park in the city. Under its hood lies a 2.2-litre DiCOR motor that puts out 140 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque.