The Tata Safari Storme Facelift is weeks away from an official launch in India. The SUV is Tata Motors’ flagship ladder frame model that also features a 4X4 system with low and high ratios. Production of the Storme has already started at Pimpri, with dealer stockyards being steadily filled up with the facelifted model. If you’re a prospective Storme buyer, you’ve got to negotiate for chunky discounts on the outgoing model given the fact that the new one is just around the corner. Also, putting your purchase on hold and waiting for the facelifted version would also be a good idea if you want additional features and refinements. Here’s a pictorial walkthrough of what you’ll get in the Safari Storme Facelift.
The facelifted Safari Storme retains its handsome lines with the front grille and bumper getting a once over. The Land Rover influence for the grille’s design is unmistakable.
The rest of the SUV is more or less similar to the outgoing model and this includes the vehicle’s derriere as well. The alloy wheel design also doesn’t see a revision.
While the Varicor badging indicates that the Safari Storme Facelift will continues to use a 2.2 liter turbo diesel motor, power gets bumped up to 148 Bhp, while peak torque stays put at 320 Nm. This comes as a disappointment of sorts, considering the fact that the Storme Facelift’s test mules featured Varicor 400 badging, which indicated a 400 Nm torque output squeezed out of the diesel motor.
Projector headlamps are standard fare while the rear gets clear lens tail lamps and a prominent splash of chrome on the hatch lid.
The Storme Facelift also keeps the spare wheel tucked in, as is the case with the pre-facelift variants.
The interiors have a few changes as well.
The three spoke steering wheel has been borrowed from the Tata Zest, and is turning out to be a standard design on all new Tata cars.
The steering gains audio controls.
The other major change on the inside involves the infotainment unit, which now gets integrated into the center console.
USB and AUX inputs continue to be offered on Tata Motors’ flagship SUV.
A shift-on-the-fly four wheel drive selection knob with low and high ratios is retained.
The 2.2 liter Varicor turbo diesel motor gains a beefed up clutch, modified to boost clutch life and improve pedal feel.
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