The Tata Safari upon its launch in February will lock horns with the MG Hector Plus, upcoming Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming 7-seater version of the Hyundai Creta. The 2021 Tata Safari is expected to range between Rs 16 lakh – Rs 24 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Tata Safari will be offered in 6 variants- XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ, XZ+.
The Tata Safari underpins the same platform as its not-so-little brother, the Tata Harrier. The Safari sits on the OMEGARC platform which has been derived from Land Rover’s D8 platform. This is a massive change as the Safari is now making its transition from ta body-on-frame chassis to a monocoque. The Tata Safari also adopts the same design language as the Harrier which is Impact 2.0.
The Tata Safari borrows the 2.0-litre Kryotec turbo-diesel engine from the Harrier that offers 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque. The transmission is also carried forward the 6-speed MT and the 6-speed AMT are offered as it is. The 3 existing drive modes are offered too- Eco, City and Sport. The SUV also gets ESP based drive modes- Normal, Tough and Wet.
The Tata Safari plans to stand apart from the Harrier and that has resulted in a completely different design behind the C-pillar. The 2021 Safari bids homage to the original model by sporting a similar quarter window at the back. The Safari inscription, stepped roof, refreshed rear profile with redesigned LED taillamps and a sleeker tailgate, and an upright rear section give the SUV a distinct character of its own.
On the inside, the Tata Safari flaunts an oyster white theme and ashwood accents, most notably on the dashboard. The Tata Safari boasts a stadium seating concept offering optimum comfort in all three rows and eliminating the claustrophobic effect usually seen in most 6- and 7-seaters in India. All seats including the 3rd-row offer best ergonomics for an adult occupant.
To enhance the in-cabin experience, the Tata Safari boasts iRA connected tech and becomes the third car in the portfolio to do so after Nexon and Altroz iTurbo.
In terms of dimensions, the Safari is bigger than the Harrier, precisely 63mm longer and 80mm taller. The increase in the dimensions clearly reflects in the third row. With a pushed back A-pillar, enhanced architecture and proportions, the 3rd-row seats will not have to be treated like emergency seats but will offer optimum comfort to any and every occupant.
The Tata Safari also gets an optional 6-seater arrangement with 2 captain seats in the middle row. With this feature, the Safari is directly locking horns with the MG Hector Plus. The 9-modes of seating configuration also take the competition to another level.
The 2021 Tata Safari also carries forward the same standard of safety like the rest of the automaker’s portfolio. The SUV’s structure has excessive 6-airbags, ESP, all-disc brakes, auto IRVM, cornering assist, electric parking brake, hill hold control and hill descent control. The standard safety features across variants are dual airbags, ESP, projector headlamps and all-disc brakes.