The new Tata Safari 2021 has been revealed in its final, road-ready form, with production of the 7-seat SUV getting underway ahead of its launch in the coming weeks. Tata Motors has opted to revive the iconic TATA Safari name with its new flagship SUV, which was previously known to Indian audiences as the TATA Gravitas, which debuted at Auto Expo 2020.
Before we know more about the TATA’s flagship SUV, let’s look at the first drive experience from AutoCar India!
TATA Safari Overview:
The face of the Safari is quite similar to that of the Tata Harrier, it has a completely different design from the C-pillar onwards. It gets roof rails (with silver inserts bearing the Safari inscription), a full rear-quarter glass, a stepped roof and a more upright rear section with a new tailgate and different tail-lights. Other than that, the Tata Safari is about 63mm longer and 80mm taller than the Harrier; extensions necessitated by the need to have more room for a third row of seats.
Though the interior images are yet to be shared by TATA, it has confirmed it will have an Oyster White interior theme, and an ash wood insert for the dashboard. In terms of layout, the Safari’s interior is expected to mirror the Harrier’s, with a floating touchscreen infotainment system taking pride of place on the dash.
The new TATA Safari Engine and Gearbox Options:
In terms of powertrains, the Safari will have the 170hp, 2.0-litre Kryotec turbo-diesel engine from the Harrier, as well as its six-speed manual and six-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox options.
The SUV is based on the Land Rover-derived Omega architecture, is designed to incorporate a four-wheel-drive system and even electrification solutions, hinting at a possible 4×4 variant of the new Safari in future.
2021 Tata Safari price and launch:
TATA Safari 2021 production is already underway and bookings are set to commence later January 2021 and the launch is expected to take place in February. When it arrives, expect the 2021 Tata Safari’s price to be a fair bit higher than that of the Harrier, which currently retails from Rs 13.84-20.30 lakh (ex-showroom).
The new Tata Safari will face competition from other 7-seat models such as the MG Hector Plus and the current-gen Mahindra XUV500. Later in the year, it will also have to battle the next-gen Mahindra XUV500, as well as Hyundai’s new 7-seat Creta-based SUV.
Let’s see how the reborn TATA Safari performs in the Indian market!