Here's a Tata Safari Dicor modified with a third axle to become a 6X6, but there's a catch. Read here to know of it.
Tata Safari is an iconic name in the Indian automotive scene. It was first launched in 1998 and was on sale in the country until last year. During its production run of over 20 years, the design of the Safari remained largely the same. However, it received 2 major mid-cycle updates during its lifecycle, which came along with 2 new suffixes – Dicor and Varicor. The Safari still enjoys a cult status around the Indian masses, and thus, a lot of them can be seen modified with aftermarket alloys and more. However, here’s one, which has been stretched out and converted into a 6-wheeled monster.
Talking of the modifications on this Safari Dicor, the most evident one is the addition of the third axle. It has been done by stretching the frame and body of the SUV. However, the chassis is only tweaked out after the mounting points of the rear axle. Also, the third axle is a rigid axle but not a live one. In simpler words, this 6-wheeled Safari features a 6X4 layout. The third axle is not connected with a propeller shaft.
The other modifications on this Safari include a hood deflector at the front, a deflector at the front windscreen, and a set of aftermarket alloy wheels. The owner has also performed a decal job on this car that reads as ‘Safari Ladakh’, which seems to be inspired by the Safari Ladakh concept that showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. On the rear quarter panel, the owner has also used sticker of VelociRaptor 6X6, which is the 6-wheeled version of the Ford’s F-150 Raptor.
We aren’t aware of the modifications performed under its hood if any. From the factory, Tata Safari Dicor was offered with a 2.2L 4-cylinder turbocharged common rail diesel engine. This engine produced a peak power output of 140 PS and max torque of 320 Nm. It came mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox only, whereas an optional 4WD layout was also on offer. The 4WD system of the Safari was an electronic one and featured Shift-On-Fly mechanism, where the user could shift from 2H to 4H up to speeds of 60 kmph. Also, it featured a limited-slip differential at the rear to suffice in case of limited traction.