The Tata Safari was an original Indian SUV, that had made its impact in the Indian market since 1998, the very year when affordable hatchbacks were ruling the roads. The boxy, muscular looks and ultimate off-road capabilities of the Tata Safari took no time to be noticed by the Indians, and soon it was a big hit. Over time it was revised, and four successful generations later it was discontinued by Tata.
The last Safari, the fourth-generation of the sturdy SUV, came along with the Safari Storme offering. The longevity and ruggedness of the Safari even dragged it into the army, when Tata rolled out bullet-proof variants of the Safari Storme nameplate for politicians and exclusively specced versions for the Indian Army. But then what led to its discontinuation?
The last update, as we mentioned before, hit the markets in 2015. Years after, the homegrown automaker hardly persuaded a new generation. Thus, the Safari was outdated to the competition. Even in the price range of 11.09 lakhs for the base trim and Rs 16.43 lakhs (both prices ex-showroom) for 4X4 top trim, it wasn’t loaded with features. It missed out on some important features like touch-screen infotainment, panoramic sunroof, cruise control, automatic headlamps and wiper, and some more attractive options. And December 2019 saw the demise of the iconic name of Tata Safari.
But recently, Tata has announced to bring the obstinate name ‘Safari’ back, to create an emotive appeal. The new Tata Safari will be based on the Land Rover D8 inspired OMEGARC platform. Previously codenamed as Gravitas, the new avatar was showcased at the Auto Expo last year. It shares various counterparts to its 5-seater sibling, Harrier. The front fascia resembles the 5-seater SUV, while towards the rear, the iconic stepped roof and chrome touch on the D-pillar will distinguish the new Safari. From inside the 7-seats, and more plush accommodations will attract buyers of multifaceted lifestyle. There are various rumors of the new Tata Safari to offer two seating options, 6-seater and 7-seating cabin, and it will be loaded with features like the layered dashboard, floating touchscreen infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, nine-speaker audio, digital driver’s display, multi-functional steering wheel, push Botton to start/stop, etc.
Under the hood, the new Safari will be powered by a 2.0-liter Kryotec diesel engine, as features in Harrier, but will churn out 170 PS and 350 Nm of torque. The engine would be paired with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic torque converter transmission option For now, it’s highly doubtful for the new generation to come with 4WD, as the Land Rover D8 platform is compatible with 4×4 and electric propulsion only.
The new 2021 Tata Safari will be crowned as the flagship vehicle of the Indian automaker, and will competitively price around Rs15 lakhs to Rs 21 lakhs to have a tighter hold against the likes of seven-seater SUVs like MG Hector Plus, new-gen Mahindra XUV500, and upcoming seven-seater Hyundai Creta. The various spied snaps of the upcoming Safari has assured of its inevitable presence on the Indian roads.