It may be long in the tooth now but Tata Motors hasn’t given up on the Safari just yet. Now thanks to our reader Pavan Rao for sending the spyshots of the upcoming Tata Safari Merlin which was spotted at Pune highway.
According to the current sources, big Tata is to receive major update beyond May-June 2012 and this model is currently known by its codename Merlin. Styling changes are focused largely on the front and include striking new L-shaped headlights and a more pronounced front bumper.
Interior quality should be similar to the more expensive Tata Aria and equipment levels could be enhanced as well. The biggest change though will be under the skin with a new Safari set to adopt Tata’s new X2 platform that debuted on the Aria. Shortened to the Safari’s 2650mm wheelbase, the X2 will change the way Safari drives and ride, handling and noise insulation should see a marked improvement.
The 140bhp 2.2Dicor-diesel engine will power the new model but will power substantially worked on to improve refinement. The Merlin will be placed between the Sumo Grande and the Aria. Expect the updated Safari to bear a price tag of around Rs. 11 lakhs.
Also see – Spied – 2011 Tata Safari Merlin in Pune
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