This rendering of the 2020 Tata Safari showcases the rugged off-roading SUV based on the more modern Impact Design 2.0 philosophy.
The Tata Safari is one of the oldest SUVs in the Indian market and enjoys a cult following by many automotive enthusiasts. First launched in 1998, the Safari was a 7-seater mid-size SUV, perfect for big families or for chauffeur-driven customer who value comfort and space. Over the years, the Safari has gone through multiple revisions and received major updates to keep it relevant in its segment. The current model, known as Tata Safari Storme, was introduced in 2012 but has sadly lost a fair chunk of its popularity now. As such, the company might decide not to renew the model for 2020 in a BS-VI guise, which means that the Tata Safari is likely to come to the end of its production run at the end of 2019.
Despite the nearing end of its life cycle, imagine what the Safari would look like if it were introduced with Tata’s latest IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy, that underlines the Tata Harrier and the upcoming Tata Nexon facelift. It would be a sight to behold, right? Well, no need to imagine! SRK Designs has released a beautiful rendering of what the 2020 Tata Safari Storme would look like, if it was to make it into productionn .
The design is unmistakably a Tata Safari, complete with the genetic boxy and simplistic cabin design, flat face, high ground clearance, squared-off wheel-arches, and the stepped-roof with roof rails. Then you have the ‘Harrier-inspired’ details, like the vertically-split headlamps, with the lower headlamp housing also containing the fog lamps. The front grille has the same honeycomb design as the Harrier, and to complete the off-roading stance, there is a large skid plate under the lower front-grille. The wheels however, are large and fill the wheel-arches completely, with low profile road-biased tyres.
The current Tata Safari Storme is powered by a 2.2-litre ‘Varicor 400’ diesel engine that churns out 154bhp and 400Nm of maximum power and torque. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, and the top-trim can also be had with a 4-wheel-drive system, while rear-wheel-drive comes as standard.
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