We live in a land of SUVs. Our roads are filled with them and knowing this, every manufacturer is dishing out SUVs that cater to our demands. Among the sea of SUVs that we have experienced over the years, only a select few of them have managed to invoke strong emotions. And among them is the Tata Safari. The legendary moniker is enough for automotive enthusiasts to tread down the memory lane. But you don’t need to do that anymore as Tata has officially launched its flagship SUV and has christened it ‘Safari’.
Tata has launched the new 2021 Safari in India at a starting price of INR 14.69 Lakh (ex-showroom). It has been launched in six trims namely – XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ and XZ+.
Moreover, the company has also announced a new Adventure Persona trim which is placed at the very top of the line at ₹20.20 lakh (ex-showroom) for manual and ₹21.45 lakh (ex-showroom) for automatic version.
The Impact 2.0 design language of the new Safari is proven to be reliable and safe. The Safari’s tall stance has been enhanced in the new avatar like the elegant grille, the stepped roof and the tailgate have been given some cool finishes. With a strong stance, wheel arches and some accenting of chrome gives the new Safari a good look. The interior of the Safari has Oyster White interior theme, paired with Ash Wood dashboard. The grille is similar to the Harrier but is all chrome on the Safari instead of piano black finish on the Harrier.
The Tata Safari will be available in 6 or 7-seating configurations and will take on the likes of MG Hector Plus and the Mahindra XUV 500 and the upcoming Hyundai Creta 7-seater. The headlamp setup upfront is also borrowed from the Harrier. It features 18” alloys and is longer than the Harrier to accommodate an extra row of seats.
On the inside, it houses an 8.8” touch infotainment system with iRA that supports voice commands. It also gets e-parking brake, automatic climate control, 9-speaker JBL system, terrain response modes, ambient lighting powered driver’s seat etc.
Mechanically, the Safari is powered by the same 2.0L fiat sourced 4 cyl Kyrotec turbo diesel engine which puts out 170PS of peak power and 350Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox unit. It shares its platform and architecture with the Harrier is 63mm longer and 80mm taller than the Harrier.