The Tata Safari was launched as a mid-size SUV produced by Tata Motors since 1998, with the second-generation model being introduced in 2021 as a crossover.
The Tata range in the nineties saw the expansion into new markets with newer models such as the Indica city car and the Safari. The Safari was designed as a seven-seater SUV with a foldable third row, roomy interior; on the market it has positioned itself as an alternative from the competitive price to other off-road vehicles.
The Safari is powered by the same engine used in the Tata Telcoline, a 2.0-litre Peugeot XD88 turbodiesel unit with 87 PS (64 kW) power. It came with a synchromesh forward five-speed manual gearbox, with a 4WD option and 235/75×15 tyres.
In 2005 an important facelift was presented that saw the adoption of a new bumper shield, new optical groups and chrome grille, new interior and rear redesigned with graphics of the unpublished lights. New Borg Warner transmission unit and revised braking system. The engine adopted by the 2005 version was the new 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel common rail Dicor with 116 PS (85 kW) at 3000 rpm and 300 N⋅m of torque between 1600 and 2000 rpm. The 3,0 litre was derived from a commercial Mercedes-Benz engine used in Tata 407 then upgraded.
The Tata Safari Storme was unveiled in January 2012 during the 11th Auto Expo 2012 and was launched in October 2012. The Safari Storme came with new front and rear lights, new grille and redesigned bumpers, the rear spare wheel was been moved under the floor and the tailgate was new. More than 100 changes was done in comparison to the Tata Safari Dicor. The body shell was completely new. But the overall design silhouette remained unchanged though.
The Tata X2 platform was modified at the rear with the adoption of the new five-arms multi-link suspension (the same of the Tata Aria which had a stronger hydro-formed chassis sections. It had an upgraded BorgWarner G76-Mark II gearbox.
Its Varicor (Variable Turbine Technology) 32-bit Electronically Controlled, Direct Injection Common Rail engine was available in 5-speed manual transmission capable of 150 PS @ 4000 rpm and 320 NM @ 1700-2700 rpm of maximum torque. This engine was a major revision from the previous Dicor engine. In 2015, the new 2.2 Varicor 400 engine was introduced and was available with 6-speed manual transmission in both the 4×2 and 4×4 flagship versions. The 2.2 Varicor 400 engine was an evolution of the previous Varicor and was capable of 156 PS @ 4000 rpm and 400 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm of maximum torque. The Dicor engine was not available in Safari Storme.
The new Tata Safari 2021 is the second model to be based on the OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Architecture), which is sourced from Land Rover’s D8 architecture. Powering the new Safari is a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that also powers the Harrier. Called the Kryotec diesel engine, this powertrain produces 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic.
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