The Tata Gravitas set the tone for a seven-seater SUV from Tata Motors, at the Auto Expo. While we expected a launch sometime last year, the production-spec model reveal was delayed. Tata Motors’ officials used the opportunity to go back to their drawing rooms, do a quick Zoomcall session and brainstorm on renaming the SUV. The nameplate Safari rings with enthusiasts and hence was born the 2021 edition. Whether or not it lives up to expectations is something I will be able to tell you after driving the SUV. What I can confirm for sure is the specs of the SUV which the company has shared. There is also confirmation that the new Tata Safari will be launched on January 26. So, scroll down for all the details on the latest seven-seater SUV in our market and one that honestly has a lot of expectations riding on its name.
It is confirmed that the 2021 Tata Safari will use the same engine as well as transmission from the Harrier. This means a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that makes 170hp of power and 350Nm of torque. The engine can be mated to a 6-speed manual or an automatic. The engine will drive the front wheels and there will be no option of an all-wheel-drive or four-wheel drive. Tata Motors has also confirmed that there will be no petrol engine available at launch. This being said, the company could introduce an all-wheel-drive model at a later stage as well as a new petrol engine.
From the images shared by Tata Motors, it is clear that there will be a panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon projector headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels and more. The cabin images, while not being shared, might have a bigger touchscreen infotainment system – preferably a 10-inch unit, along with Harman music system and What 3 Words compatibility. Wireless charging too could be dialled in and we believe a powered driver seat could also be a reality. Tyre pressure monitors too could be available in the top-spec trim. Needless to say, there will be three-row airconditioning on offer too. Six airbags will be on offer along with the regular drive modes as well as ESC.
The Tata Safari in its latest avatar could end up as a costly affair. Or may be Tata Motors might take a cue from MG and price the 7-seat version bang in the middle thereby offering customers a choice. Go with the top-spec five-seater model or choose the base 7-seat version. This formula might work better as even now the Tata Harrier automatic on-road price crosses Rs 20 lakh. The Safari might breach the price barrier, but the mental block may be a bit too much to ask for.
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