2021 Tata Safari
Tata Motors revived the legendary Safari nameplate by revealing the 2021 Tata Safari flagship SUV on the 72nd Republic Day. Expected to be launched later this month, the pre-bookings of the flagship SUV will begin from February 4, 2021, with a token amount of Rs. 30,000.
The 2021 Tata Safari traces its origins to the H7X concept, with the first prototype badged as the Buzzard at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show which was later called Gravitas for India when showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo.
The SUV sports a massive chrome-finished grille upfront, Xenon LED headlamps with projector lens, LED daytime running lamps, and an updated bumper. The grille comes with a new tri-arrow design finished in chrome, and silver faux skid plates.
Dimensionally, the Tata Safari is 70 mm longer than the Harrier, while its width and wheelbase will remain unchanged. It measures 4,661mm in length, 1,894mm in width and 1,786mm in height, while the wheelbase stands at 2,741mm.
The new Tata Safari is underpinned by the Land Rover D8 derived Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture (OMEGARC) platform which also spawns the five-seater Harrier. The SUV stepped roof, wraparound LED taillights, and gloss-black finish on the tailgate. The roof-rails also come with the 'Safari' lettering.
Under the hood, there is a Fiat-sourced Kryotec 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that is tuned to put out 168 bhp and 350 Nm of power figures. The motor comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox along with an optional Hyundai sourced six-speed automatic torque converter automatic gearbox.
The overall appeal of the cabin is highlighted by a dual-tone Oyster White colour scheme and Ashwood treated dashboard. The SUV also gets an 8.8-inch floating infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, three-spoke steering, Tata's IRA connected car technology with voice recognition, and other features.
The three-row version of the Harrier SUV will be offered in both six-seater (captain seats) and seven-seater configurations. The carmaker has already revealed that the SUV will come in a total of six variants - XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ, XZ+.
The 2021 Tata Safari SUV is based on the Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture (OMEGARC) platform, which is derived from Land Rover's D8 platform. While, the Safari does not get 4x4, Tata does offer a terrain response system with multi-drive modes.
As for safety, the SUV gets six airbags, antilock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), hill descent control, child seat ISOFIX, rear parking sensors, traction control and hill hold control among others while electronic stability program (ESP) as standard.