The Tata Safari has been anticipated for quite some time. The SUV that was the Gravitas has been rechristened as the new Tata Safari that will be Tata’s flagship SUV in India. As Tata’s new 7-seater SUV gets closer to its launch date in February, more details of the Tata Safari are emerging. Here’s a preview of the new 2021 Tata Safari.
Tata Safari Exteriors
The new Tata Safari now sports a more modern exterior that fits into Tata’s Impact 2.0 design language. The front fascia resembles the Tata Harrier to a great extent. The most notable difference is the chrome-accented tri-arrow grille that takes centre stage on the new Safari. The Safari sports a split headlight design, with the LED DRLs continuing with the grille while the main headlamp cluster sits lower in the bumper.
The silhouette of the new Safari from the side is notably longer than the Tata Harrier and features some unique styling elements. The roof rails feature ‘safari’ inscriptions while also helping to hide the stepped roofline. The 18-inch alloy wheels further add substance to the bulging wheel arches and does inspire confidence in the Safari’s mild off-roading capabilities.
Apart from the LED tail lights, the Tata Safari features a rear end that is distinct from the Tata Harrier. The Safari features a flatter boot lid than the Harrier while also incorporating contrasting elements on the rear bumper. The bold Safari badge is centred on the lower half of the boot lid. Overall, the rear end is comparatively more plain than the front end.
Tata Safari Interiors
Tata’s improvements and refinements in the interiors continues with the 2021 Tata Safari. At the price point the Safari will be competing in, the interiors have to look and feel premium to justify the passenger experience. The dual tone interiors provide a visually appealing experience for passengers while the perforated leatherette upholstery provide the comfort.
Unlike the previous gen Tata Safari, the new SUV is a more comfortable 6-7 seater SUV. The third row isn’t just an after-thought either as there are dedicated AC vents with blower control and USB charging points for the third row passengers. The second row has bench seating for 3 people as standard across all variants. The captain seats are available on the top variant XZ+ and XZA+.
Features are where the new Tata Safari is definitely not lacking. The headline feature on the new Safari is the panoramic sunroof that is available on some variants of this SUV. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display and upto an 8 speaker sound system are available on more variants of the Safari.
Tata Safari Engine & Transmission
The new Tata Safari and the Harrier share the same engine and transmission options. Powering the 2021 Tata Safari is the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
Tata Safari Variants
When it comes to the variants of the Tata Safari, the base XE variant does appear to be equipped with the essentials of the Tata Safari experience.
Tata Safari XE Features
Dual front airbags
Electronic Stability Program
ABS with EBD
All wheel brake discs
All wheel brake discs
3rd row AC vents
Hill Hold Control
USB charging in 2nd & 3rd rows
Roll Over Mitigation
16-inch steel wheels
However, the best entry-level variant of the Tata Safari is the XM and XMA variant. The Tata Safari XM variant is equipped with more convenience features like touchscreen display and steering mounted controls
Tata Safari XM/XMA Features
All features of XE variant
Multi-drive modes - Eco, City, Sport
7-inch touchscreen display
6 speaker sound system
Electrically adjustable ORVMs
Steering mounted controls
The Tata Safari XT variant, on the other hand, is the best value for money variant of this 7 seater SUV. While it does miss features compared to the XZ variant, the XT has plenty on offer to provide a premium experience.
Tata Safari XT/XT+ Features
All features of XM variant
Fully automatic temperature control
Rain sensning wipers
8 speaker sound system
Push button start
iRA Connected car technology
18-inch alloy wheels
Panoramic sunroof on XT+ variant
The Tata Safari XZ variant is the quintessential premium Safari experience. This is also the only variant where you get the captain seats, which makes it suited for those looking for a premium chauffeur-driven SUV experience.
Tata Safari XZ/XZ+/XZA/XZA+ Features
All features of XT variant
Xenon HID projector headlamps
Terrain response modes - Normal, Rough, Wet
9 speaker JBL sound system
8.8-inch touchscreen display
Instrument cluster with 7-inch MID
6-way powered driver seat
Electronic parking brake
Panoramic sunroof on XZ+/XZA+ variant
6 seater (Captain seats in 2nd row)
Tata Safari Price
The price for the Tata Safari will be revealed with the full launch in February. Expect the price to be ₹1-3 lakhs more than the Tata Harrier. With competition from the MG Gloster and Toyota Fortuner, the pricing of the Tata Safari will be key to its success.