The new Tata Safari is a practical SUV but not a four-wheel drive off-roader and so pricing becomes even more crucial for its prospects in our market.
The new Tata Safari is finally here and the nameplate comes with a legacy. But the 2021 Tata Safari is essentially the six or seven seater version of the Harrier which we have known as the Gravitas and before that it was the Buzzard (if you remember) It’s a practical SUV but not a four-wheel drive off-roader and so pricing becomes even more crucial for its prospects in our market. And we expect prices to start at ₹ 14 lakh for the base variant, going up to ₹ 19.50 lakh for the top-end trim.
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The new Tata Safari is underpinned by the Land Rover D8 derived Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture (OMEGARC) platform which also spawns the five-seater Harrier. Just like the Tata Harrier, even the Safari adorns the new IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy, but will feature subtle design changes. For instance, the SUV gets a new front grille with the tri-arrow theme design. It is 63 mm longer than the Harrier, while its width and wheelbase will remain unaltered.
On the inside, the overall layout is similar to what we have seen in the Harrier. But there is a new dual-tone black and ivory scheme while the three-spoke steering wheel and the 8.8-inch floating infotainment system remain unchanged. The screen is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and also offers the IRA connected car tech along with voice recognition. Other features include a seven-inch instrument panel, premium oak brown leather seat upholstery, nine-speakers JBL sound system, electric parking brake and panoramic sunroof among others.
As far as safety features go, it will be equipped with features like six airbags, antilock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), hill descent control, child seat ISOFIX, rear parking sensors, traction control and hill hold control among others while electronic stability program (ESP) as standard. That said, the new Tata Safari will also be offered as as six-seater and in captain seat configuration, which is the major differentiator in the second row. Under the hood, the new Tata Safari get the same Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that puts 168 bhp and 350 Nm of power figures. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox along with an optional Hyundai sourced six-speed automatic torque converter automatic gearbox.