The Safari moniker is coming back as an all-new 7-seat SUV based on the Harrier. Today we have this specs and dimensions comparison between the Safari and the newly updated MG Hector Plus.
The all-new Tata Safari will be officially revealed on the 26th of January, 2021. Showcased first as the Gravitas during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and as the Gravitas at the 2020 Indian AutoExpo, Tata has now revealed that the 7-seater SUV was always intended to the Tata Safari. The Safari moniker has been one of the longest-running and beloved ones in the Indian automotive industry, being around since 1998. The new Safari will be based on the 5-seater Harrier and will look similar except with a few distinguishable changes. Tata has been also posting teaser images of the Safari in social media and building the hype before the full reveal. Today, we have this specs and dimensions comparison between the Tata Safari and the newly launched MG Hector Plus 7-seater.
Starting with dimensions, the new Tata Safari is actually a bit shorter than the MG Hector Plus, 4.66 metres plays 4.72 metres. It has a shorter wheelbase as well with 2.74 metres compared to 2.75 metres for the Hector Plus. The Tata Safari is both taller and wider at 1.78 metres and 1.89 metres compared to the MG’s 1.76 metres and 1.83 metres. The Safari also gets much better ground clearance at 205 mm whereas the Hector has 183 mm of clearance. Both vehicles get the option of a 6-seater version with captain seats for the middle row.
Powertrain wise, The Tata Safari will be powered by the Harrier's Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 168 PS of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The engine will come mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The MG Hector Plus has both petrol and diesel options but we’re focusing on the latter for this comparison. Incidentally, MG also uses this very Fiat-sourced diesel engine and makes the exact same power and torque figures as well. The major difference between the two vehicles is that the Safari will get an automatic gearbox option with this engine while the MG doesn’t get one. One thing to note, the Safari will be front-wheel-drive only upon launch, with the AWD version coming later. Prices for the Tata Safari are yet to be revealed, but the estimated range is between Rs 15 lakh – Rs 22 lakh. The updated for 2021 MG Hector Plus is priced between Rs 14.66 lakh – Rs 19.13 lakh, ex-showroom.