Today we have got this rendering of the 2021 Tata Safari to understand how the new Safari would look like if it ditched its diesel engine for batteries. Check it out here.
Tata Motors launched the all-new Safari a couple of weeks back in February after a month of building up the hype for its flagship product. It is a completely new model since the first Safari launched way back in 1998, which in its over two decades of being on sale became a beloved SUV among auto enthusiasts. The previous Safari had to be discontinued as it failed to meet BS-VI norms, and with fuel prices rising along with a rising concern to reduce pollution to save the planet, it looks like the internal combustion will head towards extinction in the near future. The new Safari comes with a diesel powertrain, but today we have this render that imagines how a fully electric version of the SUV may look like.
This Tata Safari EV render gives us a glimpse of what its electric-powered version may look like. The general design and dimensions of the body remain the same but it gets a new teal blue paint scheme, similar to the Nexon EV. The new chrome grille has been replaced with a blanked out version instead, as electric powertrains don’t need air intakes to feed fresh air to the radiators, unlike internal combustion engines. The headlamp surrounds are now in a light blue shade instead of chrome while the LED DRLs also double up as turn indicators. The side and rear profile of the Safari EV are largely unchanged, except for the fact that the fuel filler has been replaced with a charging port. Overall, this render is quite similar to the Nexon EV in that it is very similar to the regular model, but with enough changes for one to recognize it is powered by batteries now.
Tata Motors is currently the maker of the highest-selling electric-powered vehicle in India, the Nexon EV. The automaker had also showcased the Tiago and Altroz EVs at the 2020 AutoExpo, and you’re already able to buy the former if you want. The Safari’s OMEGARC platform, which is based on Land Rover’s D8 platform already underpins electric, hybrid and mild-hybrid systems in the Jaguar E-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport, and the Range Rover Evoque. Hence, an all-electric version of the Safari in the near future would not be a tough job for the carmaker
The new Tata Safari is powered by an FCA-sourced 2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 170 PS/350 Nm of peak power and torque figures. It can be paired with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Prices for the new Tata Safari start from Rs 14.69 lakh for the base XE trim and goes up to Rs 21.45 lakh for the Adventure Persona Edition. Do note all prices are ex-showroom.