The Tata Safari is returning as an all-new model in January 2021. We have Pratap Bose talking about the new flagship SUV's design and features.
Tata Motors has revealed that the production-spec Gravitas SUV will be named as the Safari in India. The Safari is quite possibly the most notable nameplates in the Indian automobile industry, and it will make a return as Tata's flagship SUV in India. The 7-seater rendition of the Harrier that was exhibited at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo was codenamed as the Gravitas. Tata Motors has been utilizing various monikers, calling the vehicle as to the Buzzard additionally during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. In any case, Tata says that the impending 7-seater SUV was always planned to be Tata Safari. In a new video shared by Tata Motors, their Design Head - Pratap Bose, talks about the Safari brand name and its SUV characteristics.
The video has been uploaded on YouTube, and in it, Pratap Bose, Tata Motors’ head of design explains the new Tata Safari and its features. The Indian auto giant has been sharing teaser images of the new Tata Safari ahead of its launch this month, and the new teaser comes with the tagline ‘Sharpened for Sophistication’. There’s a new grille for the upcoming Tata Safari finished in chrome, instead of the Harrier’s gloss black one. This gives the new Safari a more premium look, which will fit in well with the SUV’s flagship status in the Tata lineup. The grille also gets Tri-Arrow design elements which are quickly becoming a Tata signature after the Tata Nexon facelift got it first.
Other exterior features on the Tata Safari appear to be similar to that seen on the Harrier. There are some changes with the Safari getting a taller stance, running boards and new alloys. It also sports increased height and the rear gets a more upright arrangement leading to better interior space especially for third-row passengers. The interiors should be similar to the Harrier as well. It sports similar dashboard and interior layout with an 8.8- inchtouchscreen infotainment system, electrically adjustable driver seat, sunroof, keyless entry, and cruise control. To be offered in 6 and 7 seater options, the Safari will get captain seats in its 6 seater version and bench type seats for the 7 seater variant.
The Tata Safari will be powered by the Harrier's Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 170 PS/350 Nm of peak power and torque. The engine will come mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Dimension wise, Tata has also added 63mm to the Harrier’s length and 80mm to the height to make way for a decent third row. And like the Harrier, the new Safari too will be based on the Land Rover-derived Omega architecture. The new Safari will arrive in showrooms in January itself, and bookings for it will also commence later this month. It will come at a decent premium over the Harrier which is priced between INR 13.84-20.30 lakh and will rival the likes of the MG Hector Plus and upcoming next-gen Mahindra XUV500.