Tata discontinued its iconic model, the Safari, in 2020 after selling it for around 2 decades since 1998. It received several updates besides one major generation change in 2012. Now, Tata is all set to launch the third-gen Safari in the country later this month.
Tata will use the Safari name for the 7-seater version of the Harrier, which debuted as the Gravitas at the 2020 Auto Expo. It is worth noting that the SUV was recently spied sporting the Gravitas moniker.
The Safari, being a 7-seater version of the Harrier, will be 63mm longer than the doner SUV. It will also be 80mm taller while width and wheelbase will remain unchanged. The increased height is the result of a stepped roof in order to make room for the third row. Tata is expected to offer the Safari in both 6-and 7-seater options.
In terms of design, the Safari looks largely similar to the Harrier, at least till the C-pillar. Post that, it features a stepped roof and a rather flat rear profile. It also gets chunkier tail lamps compared to the Harrier. Tata might introduce some exclusive design bits on the Safari to further differentiate it from the Harrier.
On the inside, the cabin layout will remain similar to the Harrier, but with a new black-beige finish instead of the black-tan theme of the Harrier. The feature list is expected to be carried forward with offerings like 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, hill launch assist, auto AC, a semi-digital instrument cluster, a JBL sound system and an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It might get some additional features in the form of wireless charging, front parking sensors, electronic parking brake and connected car tech.
Under the hood, it will get Harrier’s 2.0-litre diesel engine making 170PS and 350Nm mated to either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. Tata might also introduce a turbocharged petrol engine on the Safari at a later stage.
Prices of the Safari are expected to start at a premium over the Harrier, which retails from Rs 13.84 lakh to Rs 20.30 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It will take on the likes of the MG Hector Plus and the upcoming 2021 Mahindra XUV500.