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Tata Safari has been around for almost 23 years in the market. Launched back in 1998, Safari made a good impression on everyone with its bold, aggressive stance and offroad capabilities. The SUV was one of India’s first indigenously built 4X4 and setting a benchmark for what an Indian SUV should feel and drive like. It was not just a big, strong SUV in our minds, but a synonym for the word SUV for an entire generation back then.
The Tata Safari was launched at the Auto Expo in 1998, long before common rail direct injection (DICOR) technology became common place. Back then, the Safari was priced at 8.25 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai), and was bought mainly for the massive street presence and the comfort it offered.
It wasn’t really a powerful SUV as the 2 liter TCIC (turbocharged, intercooled) diesel engine that it came with made only 90 Bhp-186 Nm. This meant that the Safari, which weighed a hefty 1,920 kilograms, felt under-powered. But most buyers didn’t mind as this SUV sold mainly for the comfort it offered.
5 years later, Tata added a 2.1 liter petrol engine to the Safari. With 135 Bhp on tap, the Safari felt sprightly but the petrol engine’s fuel efficiency of about 5-7 Kmpl meant that the petrol version of the SUV died a rather quick death. And the 9.35 lakh price tag wasn’t helping matters either. Yes, the petrol version was pricier than the diesel.
Tata Safari, which is obviously an iconic SUV and has got the status of a legendary SUV. Tata Safari was launched in the Indian market when there were not many modern SUVs in sale, Tata Motors was known for their Estate, Sumo and Sierra, and when they have launched Safari in 1998 at that time they shocked the market with that, Safari was liked by the customers in the market as it seemed to be more good looking, modern and rugged than other cars of Tata Motors and the customers like it’s styling very much.
The 1st Generation Tata Safari used to come with a 2-liter Diesel Engine which was derived from the Peugeot XD88 and the same engine was also used to come in the Tata Sierra. This Engine is used to produce 90 PS power, and this comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1st Generation Tata Safari used to come with the 4 wheel drive option and Safari was renowned for its capabilities. This car comes with a good amount of ground clearance, its road presence was astonishing and could be taken almost anywhere.
The 1st Generation Safari had a different level of character and no other cars were able to match the level of Safari at that time, this car has such a presence because of which it used to be the center of attraction on the roads in front of other cars, and the driver also got a great view from the driver’s seat. The customers liked the imposing driving posing of the Tata Safari very much.
The 1st Generation Safari was liked by the customers at that time and time till date this car is being liked by the customers. When Tata Motors first brought Safari into the market, its price was around Rs 8,25,000, which was not much attractive though, but it wasn’t that high also, but a very limited number of people were there who were able to afford Tata Safari, and those who had Safari with them, they had a different status in the market.
Two years later, in 2005, another diesel engine came along, along with a major facelift. Reason? Mahindra has just launched the Scorpio, and Tata had to respond. Emission norms had gotten tighter, too. A complete facelift saw Tata loading up the Safari with features, adding a brand new 3 liter DICOR engine to the equation, and massively cutting the price.
With 115 Bhp and about 300 Nm of torque, the Safari finally got the engine it deserved. And at 6.4 lakh rupees, it screamed value. But the 3 liter DICOR engine wasn’t the most reliable unit around, forcing Tata to launch one more engine – this time a much smaller unit but with more power.
The Tata Safari DICOR was born in 2007, with a 2.2 liter turbodiesel engine fitted with common rail direct injection technology. The motor made 140 Bhp-320 Nm. As always, Tata offered the Safari DICOR with both rear wheel drive and four wheel drive options. With ABS and twin airbags and bucket-load of features, the Safari DICOR was finally a well-rounded SUV. This very vehicle motored on for about 10 years, and has now finally driven into the sunset. The Storme has finally succeeded the Safari.
The first generation Tata Safari (1998-2005)
The Tata Safari was first showcased at the 1998 Auto Expo where it caught a lot of attention. This was the time when SUVs were gaining popularity. The SUV options back in the ’90s were limited to the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sierra and Tata Sumo. The introduction of Safari with its muscular design, luxurious cabin space and off-road performance made an impact in the market.
It was offered in one engine option, which was a 2.0L turbo diesel motor producing 90bhp of power and 186nm of torque. The 5-speed manual gearbox SUV was priced at Rs. 8.25 lakh ex-showroom. The sales peaked for the Safari between 1998 and 2003, then Tata decided to introduce the 2.1L petrol engine. This engine produced a power of 135bhp, more powerful than the diesel counterpart. But the downside was the fuel efficiency, which was around 6kmpl.
The SUV also packed some goodies inside, like the Sony PlayStation 2, which was introduced in the limited edition version with 10 slot CD and VCD changer. It also featured a refrigerator cum cooler, front headrests with integrated LCD monitors and a reverse parking camera covering a 130-degree view.
Tata Safari second generation (2005-2012)
The next generation Safari which came in 2005 witnessed a significant change overall -The exterior, interior, the heart of the car. The exterior changes included a new front grille and headlamps, redesigned wheels etc. Inside the cabin, we saw the introduction of airbags and rear AC vents for the passengers to make the ride comfortable. The major change was under the hood, the 2.0L engine was replaced by a 3.0L 4-cylinder Dicor diesel engine which produced 116ps and 300nm of torque which was mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The new engine had a significant leap in performance, but it lacked engine refinement. So Tata took a step forward and introduced a 2.2L diesel engine which was Euro 4 compliant and more refined. The 2.2L Dicor engine made 140ps and 320nm of torque. To improve the image of the car Tata also introduced features like ABS with EBD, airbags and was offered in a rear-wheel-drive option which also had a 4X4 option.
Tata Safari Strome (2012-2019)
As the years passed the Safari started to age and with competition getting stiffer with the introduction of new SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner and XUV500 Tata had to improve the Safari. Then came the Safari Strome which was showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo. It saw a major improvement in build quality, interior and exterior design details. The reworked Strome had a few cosmetic updates and it was given a sporty stance to go along with the competition.
The same 2.2L Dicor diesel was continued to the Strome as well. But in 2015 when the Safari Strome went under minor facelift, Tata improved the 2.2L Dicor and replaced it with the Varicor badge. This improved engine now produced 156bhp and 400nm of torque. It was also introduced with a 4X4 system with a limited-slip differential, independent suspension and stable body on frame chassis.
The Safari was holding on to the competition but it was ageing as the years passed. Tata had placed it below the new Harrier and there was no point in investing in the car. So The company decided to pull the plug on the Safari in 2019.
New Tata Safari 2021
Tata Motors launched the new 2021 Tata Safari in February this year. The new 2021 Tata Safari is basically a seven-seater version of the Tata Harrier but it packs in a lot of goodies. The all-new 2021 Tata Safari is selling in very good numbers in the country. The company launched it at an introductory starting price of Rs. 14.69 lakhs, Ex-showroom Delhi. But now, the price of the new 2021 Tata Safari has been hiked for the first time.
Tata Motors, the homegrown SUV specialist, unveiled the third-gen Safari. Basically, the 2021 Tata Safari is a bigger version of the Harrier but if the carmaker is to be believed, enough has been done to impart the essence of the original SUV to the Harrier-based model. Like the donor vehicle, the new Safari is designed as per the Impact 2.0 theme and is built on the Land Rover D8-derived OMEGARC platform.
The new Safari will launch next month and will become the flagship SUV from Tata Motors. It will share aplenty with the Harrier but will offer more in terms of space and features. Powering the new model will be the same Kryotec 2.0-litre Turbocharged diesel motor that outputs 170PS of maximum power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Even the transmission options remain the same.
2021 Tata Safari Features
It’s pretty common for Tata to stuff their new offerings with plenty of features and things stay the same even with the new Safari. The highlights of the features for new model include-
- Dedicated AC unit with AC vents for 3rd row passengers
- USB Mobile Charger for all rows
- Mobile holder
- Cup holder for all rows
- Reading Lamp for all rows
- Majestic Skydome Panoramic Sunroof
- Automatic Sunroof closure when ignition turned off
- Anti-pinch feature in sunroof for passenger safety.
- Rain Sensor closure to prevent rainwater from getting into the cabin.
- Boss mode for the added convenience to stretch your legs further and create the space you deserve
- Indulgent Captain Seats for 2nd row (optional)
- 2nd Row Seats with 60:40 Split
- Reclining 2nd Row Seats
- Fully Automatic Temperature Control (FATC)
- Push Button Start
- 6-way Powered Driver Seat with adjustable lumbar support.
- Steering Wheel with Tilt & Telescopic Adjustment
- Automatic Headlamps
- Rain Sensing Wipers
- Electrically Adjustable and Foldable Outer Mirrors
Tata Safari is currently available in Diesel engine. The 1956 cc Diesel engine generates a power of 167.62bhp@3750rpm and a torque of 350nm@1750-2500rpm. Tata Safari is available in both Manual & Automatic transmission. The kerb weight of Safari is 1825 Kg. In configurations, Tata Safari has a dimensions of 4661 mm in length, 1894 mm in width and 1786 mm^3 mm in height.
Tata Safari Specs Overview
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 Liters|
|Mileage||14.08 Kmpl – 16.14 Kmpl|
Engine and Transmission
|Engine Type||Kryotec 2.0L Turbocharged|
|Engine Displacement||1956 cc|
|Emission Norm Compliance||BS VI|
|No Of Cylinders||4|
|Gear Box||6 Speed|
|Valves Per Cylinder||4|
|Paddle Shift||Not Available in Safari|
|Kerb Weight||1825 Kg|
|Mild Hybrid||Not Available in|
Tata Safari Price
The price of Tata Safari starts at Rs. 14.99 Lakh and goes upto Rs. 23.29 Lakh. Tata Safari is offered in 26 variants – the base model of Safari is XE and the top variant Tata New Safari XZA Plus Gold 6 Str AT which comes at a price tag of Rs. 23.29 Lakh.
New Tata Safari Safety Interior
Of late, Tata Motors has won plenty of accolades for offering cars that are among the safest models in their respective segments. he new Tata Safari makes sure that all its occupants are cocooned in an impenetrable bubble of safety once inside the vehicle. The new Safari not only boasts of the inherent strengths of OMEGARC but also comes loaded with top-of-the-line safety features to ensure active and passive safety. The highlights of the features list include-
- Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold
- All Disc Brakes
- Tyre Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
- 6 Airbags (Driver, Co-driver, Side Seat and Curtain Airbags)
- Auto-Dimming IRVM
- Front Fog Lamp with Cornering Function
- Child Seat ISOFIX Anchor Points
- Perimetric Alarm System
- Reverse Parking Camera
- Driver & Co-Driver Seat Belt Reminders
- The advanced ESP mated to the Terrain Response Modes offers class leading 14 functionalities
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution
- Corner Stability Control
- OFF road ABS
- Electronic Traction Control
- Electronic Stability Control
- Hill Hold Control
- Hill Descent Control
- Roll Over Mitigation
- Brake Disc Wiping
- Electronic Brake Pre-fill
- Hydraulic Brake Assist
- Hydraulic Fading Compensation
- Dynamic Wheel Torque by Brake