The 2021 Tata Safari has been finally revealed, with sales commencing soon. We got our hands on both manual and automatic versions of the new Safari for a 0-100 test. Check out the video below.
Tata just revealed the all-new Tata Safari last week with bookings commencing from 4th February onwards. The Safari nameplate is one of the oldest and beloved in the Indian auto industry. The first Tata Safari arrived in 1998 and helped usher in a new age for the Indian auto giant as well glamourizing the lifestyle segment. The Safari was in production for two decades but got discontinued in 2020 as BS-VI regulations kicked in. Today we have got the all-new 2021 Safari in both manual and automatic variants for a 0-100 kmph acceleration test.
Watching the video above, both versions of the 2021 Tata Safari will be doing the 0-100 kmph acceleration run three times each to get the best possible time. The first attempt sees the Tata Safari automatic reach 100 kmph in 10.63 seconds, the Safari manual needing 11.32 seconds to reach the same speed. On the second run, the Safari automatic crosses 100 kmph in 10.47 seconds while the manual reaches it in 10.92 seconds. Both SUVs post their best times in the third and final run, the automatic sprinting to 100 kmph in 10.43 seconds and the Safari manual doing it in 10.83 seconds.
As you can see from the results, both the Tata Safaris are closely matched when it comes to a 0-100 kmph test, with the automatic on average only half a second quicker. This is because when driving a manual transmission you have to change the gears yourself, and pressing the clutch pedal is an extra step you don’t need in an automatic. Also, the Safari’s 6-speed automatic is sourced from Hyundai, and it is a very refined and slick-shifting unit.
The Tata Safari is powered by the FCA-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 added 63mm to the Tata 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.
Though prices of the 2021 Tata Safari will be revealed on the launch date, starting from today you can book one for Rs 30,000 from Tata Motor’s official website. Upon launch, it will compete against the likes of the MG Hector Plus, Jeep Compass, and the upcoming Mahindra XUV 500.