The Tata Safari always has been termed to be a legendary vehicle which is much ahead in terms of refinement and technology than most of its competitors. The rising competition that is witnessed in SUV segment has prompted Tata Motors to do a rethinking on the designing of the vehicle and to come up with attractive features, so as to attract the conservative Indian buyers. Tata has name for being one of the most reputed national automobile maker and is quite synonymous for offering very high quality vehicles at affordable prices. The new Tata Safari is not an exception and is a proof of what this giant automobile can come out with. This SUV has managed to outdo competition in its segment due to the several interesting features present in it, coupled with aggressive pricing. Right from its introduction, Tata Safari has been doing wonderful business all over the country, leading the manufacturer to launch the Tata Safari Storme to cash in what the Tata Safari has been providing with. This is really commendable especially for the rugged SUV, since compact SUV’s are much more in demand these days than that of the regular ones. In short, the new Tata Safari has proved to be a very tough competitor to the likes of the Chevrolet Tavera, Mahindra Scorpio, Force One, etc.
Will this SUV with a fair share of revamp be able to live up to your expectations and drive smoothly on Indian roads? Let’s dig out more…
The internal cabin of the new Tata Safari is dual toned and quite spacious for all the passengers to ride comfortably and conveniently. Besides this, the vehicle has been integrated with plenty of sophisticated features. The seating arrangements are quite comfortable and have premium fabric upholstery in the entry level variants. Two tone (dark and beige graphite) interior colors have been provided in the EX variant. Middle row seats of the vehicle have foldable functions for increasing the size of the boot to occupy more luggages, if the purpose of the drive is picnic or any occasion. The steering wheel is leather wrapped having parking lever and gear shift knob. Instrument cluster is illuminated and has adjustable light intensity performance. Besides this, it has been fitted with numerous notifications such as the digital tripmeter, low fuel warning lamp, door ajar warning, external temperature display, along with other notifications to keep the driver constantly updated. The SUV also has been bestowed with plenty of utility aspects such as cup holders present in front console, huge glove box, back pockets in the front seat, analog clock provided on the center console, lumbar support on the front seats, cigarette lighter and ashtray in front console, etc. Apart from this the new Tata Safari has par if power sockets of 12V in the middle and front row to charge mobiles along with other electronic devices. Steering wheel that is tilt adjustable does make handling very much comfortable even in the Indian traffic conditions. Top end trim has front roof lamp which can be utilized as spot reading lamp, provided with sophisticated delay function.
The manufacturer has ensured that there is ample leg space, besides shoulder and head room for all the passengers occupying the vehicle. There is provided 1000mm of head space for the front passengers and for the rear seat occupants with 970mm. Maximum leg room measures around 2020mm, with minimum of about 1030mm that can be very much impressive. The rear knee room has maximum space of 880mm and minimum of 680mm.
The sports utility vehicle is fitted with several high advanced comfort features inside the cabin. It boasts of having manual HVAC unit along with rear air conditioner vents to regulate cabin air. Top end trim has been bestowed with advanced music system to support MP3/CD player, Aux-in port, USB interface and speakers that enhances further the cabin’s ambiance. The split ratio is 60:40 and the middle row seat is completely foldable to bring more luggages. Besides this, the wipe and wash function is present only in the EX variant, there are also 4 power windows along with auto down function on the driver side, external rear-view mirrors that are electrically adjustable and three positioned lumbar support provided for the front seats. Furthermore, the SUV has been equipped with numerous comfort features such as power steering that is tilt adjustable, follow-me home headlamps, front doors having puddle lamps, cargo area light, window winding switches and illuminated ignition key hole. All the features do provide the passengers a memorable and comfortable driving experience, especially while driving on Indian road conditions.
The EX variant of this model has been equipped with advanced music system to support MP3/CD player, USB interface, radio having AM/FM tuner, speakers and Aux-in port. Entry level variant might lack several features, but there are provisions present for the buyers to have the interior decorated with numerous exciting aspects such as premium quality upholstery, vibrant seat covers, sophisticated music system, floor mats, steering wheel that is leather covered, rear parking sensors, apart from the other features. One can also select from additional features such as body graphics, mud guard, rear spoiler, turn indicator on the ORVMs, protective cladding and other aspects.
The company designers indeed have carried out an excellent job with the interiors of the new Tata Safari. Overall body structure of the SUV is aerodynamic. The frontage retains its aggressive and bold look. Side profile has been given body color handles along with external rear view mirrors that are integrated with the side turn blinkers. Besides this, the SUV boasts of having grey color side claddings to protect its sides from all types of minor damages. The pronounced wheel arches are fitted with modish 16” set of light alloy wheels which are covered with radial tubeless tyres. Apart from this, it has styling tape of black color on B-Pillar with side claddings of body color to add classiness of the SUV. The front façade has radiator grille that is neatly designed with chrome treated slats. Furthermore, it has been embedded with prominent logo of the manufacturer in its center. The grille is then flanked by huge head light cluster that is fitted with halogen lamps of very high intensity, including side turn indicator. There is a bumper that is body colored having cladding and houses wider air dam for faster cooling of the engine. The bumper also is fitted with radiant fog lamps which enhances the driver’s visibility during adverse conditions. Front windscreen of the SUV is created from toughened laminated glass and is equipped with 2 intermittent wipers. The rear end has been provided with tail lamp cluster and stylish roof rails to give the SUV a sporty look, along with couple of reflectors and body colored bumper. Windscreen has been integrated with wiper and defogger. The top end trims have got sporty rear spoiler with brake lamp that is high mounted for additional protection.
The SUV’s overall dimension is quite liberal. It can easily accommodate 7 passengers. The total length of the vehicle is 4650mm and 1918mm of overall width, including external rear-view mirrors. The height of the SUV is 1925mm, 205mm of ground clearance that is quite good for the vehicle to move in any type of terrain. The wheelbase is large of about 2650mm to ensure spacious cabin inside. Steering wheel supports minimum 6 meters of turning radius. The boot compartment has luggage capacity of about 981 liters. The SUV comes in different color options like Pearl White, Artic White, Artic Silver, Quartz Black and Cycus Grey.
Heart Of The Matter
The different variants of the stylish new Tata Safari model has been fitted with DiCOR 2.2 liter diesel engine that has been integrated with 16 valves and 4 cylinders, by using DOHC configuration. Furthermore, variable turbine technology (VTT) has been incorporated in this engine and has a capacity to displace about 2179cc. Besides this, the vehicle has the ability in churning out maximum power of 138.14bhp at 4000 RPM, combined with 320Nm of commanding torque output between 1700 and 2700 RPM that is termed to be quite remarkable for this specific segment. The motor is mated skillfully with manual transmission gear-box of 5 speed that sends engine power to the front wheels of the vehicle. The general direct rail based injection fuel supply technology provided in this vehicle can easily deliver decent fuel economy.
Where acceleration and pickup is concerned, the new Tata Safari can attain top speed between 150 and 160 kmph that is quite good for a vehicle of this segment. The motor has the capability to propel the massive SUV to run from 0 to cross 100 kmph in just 16 seconds!
The manufacturer further claims that the vehicle has an excellent mileage of covering 8.32 kmpl on the city roads and around 11.57 kmpl on the highways. The best part about this vehicle is that it has been certified by the Automotive Research Assoc. of India, which shows the SUV’s authenticity. Tata Motors is known to provide high quality and superior vehicles to its clients and this certification stands as a testimonial to it. Besides this, the SUV also has a fuel tank that is centrally mounted and its capacity is about 65 liters, which means this is a wonderful vehicle for the owners to go for long drives, without any hassle or worry about refueling.
The front axle of the vehicle has been fitted with independent double wishbone kind of mechanism that has torsion bar. Its rear axle has been assembled with 5 link suspension, while it also is accompanied by high quality coil springs. The manufacturer has provided the vehicle with independent hydraulic braking technology that is vacuum assisted. The front wheels are paired with ventilated disc brake sets, having twin pot caliper. The rear wheels, in the meanwhile have been given automatic adjusting kind of conventional drum brake sets. Furthermore, the SUIV is blessed with steering wheel that is power adjustable and responsive. This in turn makes handling very much easier. The steering wheel being tilt adjustable, supports optimum turning radius of about 6 meters, that means it is equally good for the city roads, especially when looking at the Indian road conditions.
Another aspect is the safety and security of the vehicle and that of its passengers. This is an area that TATA Motors have never compromised upon. The model series has been integrated with numerous aspects that keep the SUV along with its occupants protected. The vehicle boasts of being provided with seat belts for all of its passengers, something that is a plus point for a vehicle of this segment! Besides this, the driver seat has belt reminder notification that is present on the instrument panel. Top end trim has advanced, sophisticated engine immobilizer that prevents the SUV from any kind of unauthorized entry. The rigid body structure does have side impact bars apart from crumple zones to protect the occupants present inside the cabin, if any unforeseen accident takes place. Apart from all this, the car has been provided with child safety door locks at the rear along with central locking system for enhanced protection of all the passengers. There is also an interior anti glare rear view mirror, headlamp on notification present on instrument panel, door open warning, collapsible steering column, motorized headlamp adjustment system, clear lens fog-lamps along with other essential aspects. Moreover, the top end variant does get reverse guide technology for helping this huge vehicle to park in a simple manner.
The neatly carved and fitted wheel arches with classy 16” alloy wheel set that enhances the appearance of its side profile. The rims are also covered with radial, tubeless tyres of 235/70 R16, 105S size. It offers superior road grip on all types of landscape and fit for the Indian subcontinent. The company has further equipped every variant of the SUV with full sized spare wheel that is regarded to be a standard feature in all the four variants.
Overall the Tata Safari is a fabulous SUV that has been doing very good business in the Indian automobile market. It has all the necessary comforts and features that are required to satisfy the demands and needs of the Indian buyers. Moreover, being built by the Indian manufacturer, the SUV has been designed to cater to the existing Indian road conditions. This is what places the SUV much ahead of its competitors and is worth the investment. Considering the rate at which it is available, This SUV assures good value for money as you have lavish interiors, powerful engine and good riding abilities. The ex-showroom Delhi price of the vehicle is Rs. 8.3 Lakhs, which is very much affordable. Moreover, it is being offered with two year standard warranty or 75,000kms, whichever is first. Also, extended warranty of 50,000kms or one year, whichever is first can be opted at additional cost.