Tata Safari made a comeback this year in the form of a new flagship for Tata Motors. The previous generation of the Safari was discontinued back in 2019 because of the BS6 emission norms. But the new Safari did not come back with a 4×4 powertrain which was a bummer for some purists. Despite that people who bought Safari took it off-road. Here is a video of a Safari crossing a river. The video is uploaded by All In One Entertainment on YouTube.
In the video, we can see the Safari going through some rough patches of road and even going through a slushy road. There is a person guiding the driver to ensure that the SUV does not get stuck. Then we see the Safari prepping to enter a flowing river. The driver takes it slow while entering the river.
We can see that the Safari is submerged in the water till the air dam. But the Safari is able to cross the river without breaking traction or slipping its wheel even a single time. The video also shows a camera angle from the cabin of the Safari.
Should you do it in a 4×2 vehicle?
You should not attempt such kind of off-roading in a vehicle if that is not meant for it. This is because the vehicle can get stuck in tricky situations and the vehicle is not designed to tackle such terrains. Unlike the previous Safari, the new Safari is offered as a front-wheel-drive vehicle only. Tata Motors did say that the OMEGARC platform that is derived from Land Rover’s D8 platform is capable of supporting electrification as well as a 4×4 powertrain. The previous Safari was offered a proper 4×4 system with a shift-on-the-fly all-wheel-drive system.
The new Safari is a much more premium product than the previous Safari. The previous Safari was known for its butch SUV looks and ruggedness. Whereas the new Safari might have a strong stance but it is not meant to do off-roading. Yes, Safari’s electronic systems are very clever which has been proved in some videos over the internet. But still, it does not come with a 4×4 system. When the power is transferred to all the four wheels, the chance of getting out of tricky situations is increased massively because all the wheels are trying to find grip whereas in the current Safari the power is transferred to only the front two wheels. Once, the front two wheels lose grip, the SUV would not be able to move.
The 2021 Safari is offered only with a diesel engine. It is a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that is shared with the Jeep Compass, MG Hector and the MG Hector Plus. The engine produces 170 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The engine is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The Safari starts at Rs. 14.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 21.46 lakhs ex-showroom. It competes against the MG Hector Plus, the upcoming Hyundai Alcazar and the upcoming Mahindra XUV 700.