Tata has now unveiled the new Safari in its entirety. As expected, it shares a lot with the Harrier SUV, but there are a lot of changes that set it apart as well.
In terms of design, it gets a new front grille with chrome finished tri-arrow pattern, stepped-up roof, bigger 18-inch alloy wheels and a redesigned rear end. On the inside, it gets black-white dual-tone interior instead of the black-brown interior seen on the Harrier. However, the most noticeable change is the introduction of the third row of seats. The Safari will be offered in both 6-and 7-seater versions. Where the 6-seater Safari will feature a set of captain seats in the second row, the 7-seater Safari will get a bench type seat, like the Harrier.
The Safari is similar to the Harrier on the features front as well. It gets a panoramic sunroof, auto bi-xenon headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, semi-digital instrument cluster with a 7-inch display, auto-dimming IRVM, auto AC with rear AC vents, ambient lighting, reverse parking camera, cruise control, power-adjustable driver’s seat and an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a JBL sound system. The Safari also gets iRA connected car tech which is currently not being offered on the Harrier.
Safety features on offer include up to 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchors, electronic stability control, hill launch assist, traction control, tyre pressure monitoring system and hill descent control. The Safari also gets some additional safety features like rear disc brakes and electronic parking brake with auto-hold.
Under the hood, the Safari will be powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine as the Harrier. It makes 170PS and 350Nm mated to either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT. Tata is expected to offer a turbocharged petrol engine on the Safari at a later stage along with an option of 4WD.
Pre-launch bookings of the Tata Safari will get underway from 4 February 2021. It will be offered in 6 variants: XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ and XZ+. Prices are expected to range from Rs 15 lakh to 24 lakh. It will take on the likes of the MG Hector Plus and the upcoming second-gen XUV500 and the 7-seater Creta.