Tata Safari, now known as the Tata Safari Storme has been one of the few cult SUVs the country has seen. But it has been losing out on its charm-off late and manages about 650-700 units a month only whereas its competitors Scorpio and XUV 500 perform far better than it. Tata Motors has been working on an update Safari Storme for quite a while and it looks like that the facelifted version will see a launch sometime this-month.
The new Storme has been spied on-test quite a few times, but these are the first clear pictures of the Storme facelift have hit the interweb, thanks to ‘Motoring World’ which claims to have driven the SUV. Receiving minor cosmetic and mechanical changes, the new Safari Storme is expected to be an improved product than the current model.
On the exterior at first glimpse you’ll notice a honey-comb mesh and air-dam section, both inspired by Land Rover Freelander2. Signifying the updated engine, the front fender gets Varicor badging. On the inside, the new Storme gets new 3-spoke steering wheel, inspired from the Zest and Bolt, with mounted audio controls. The faux wood trim on the dashboard has been replaced with silver accents.
Further the ambience inside a new Storme is said to be vastly improved, new interior trim and upholstery are used inside the cabin, including dashboard, seats and door panels. A new Harman entertainment unit replacing the older Kenwood set, supports Bluetooth, Radio, CD,USB and Aux-in connectivity. The 4WD selector knob has been transferred from centre tunnel to centre console, offered only on top variant (VX 4×4).
Powering the new Storme is a mildly tweaked 2.2-liter 16V ‘VARICOR’ diesel engine now produces a maximum power of 150PS at 4, 000rpm, while the peak torque 320Nm between 1, 700rpm and 2, 700rpm remains the same. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, with no automatic transmission on offer. Fuel tank capacity has now increased to 63 liters from 55 litres.
The existing Storme offers at a value scope of Rs 11-13 Lakh and the forthcoming SUV will be dispatched at a minor premium and will equal both the Scorpio and the XUV500.
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