Check out a digital artist's representation of the next-generation Tata Safari, which, as per the artist, could be sold with the 'Tornado' suffix
Tata Safari has been discontinued from the Indian market after a production run of almost 22 years. This SUV was initially launched in 1998 with an idea to give the Indian buyers a cheaper substitute to the expensive models like the Toyota Land Cruiser and Mitsubishi Pajero. The Safari was loved for its ride quality and comfort. The initial model came with a 2.0L diesel, which was then replaced by a 3.0L unit from Tata 207. Following this update was a 2.2L Dicor motor, which at a later stage debuted as Varicor in Safari Strome. Safari’s design grew well on Indian buyers as it had immense road presence. The Strome was, however, inspired by the expensive Land Rovers. But, how would it look like in its next generation?
Until now, Tata has not revealed its plans to bring back the Safari in the market. They have confirmed that Safari name would be used as suffix around the existing lineup. However, Kebin Varghese Thomas, a digital artist and an automotive enthusiast, has come up with his representation of how the next-gen Tata Safari would look like. He calls his iteration as Safari Tornado since it will be a successor to Safari Storme. His design draws major inspiration from Land Rover Discovery.
A sunroof for the third row can also be seen in the pictures. On the front, Kevin has tweaked the face of the car to some extent. It gets a multi-slat grille with ice-tube type LED DRLs and sleek LED headlamps. The C-pillar also rakes as it did on the Safari for all these years and so is the case with the 3rd-row windows. The designer has also differentiated his renderings by changing the placement of foglamps.
Talking of the Safari Strome, it was offered with a 2.2L Varicor engine that pushed out 156 PS of peak power and 400 Nm of max torque. It came mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. A 4WD format was also on offer with a low-range transfer case and a limited-slip differential at the rear. It used an electronic shift-on-fly mechanism, where the driver to shift from 2H to 4H on the go. Even in the next-generation, Safari is expected to be as capable an offroader as its original version.