Tata Safari Review & Ratings
- 16 February 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Tata Safari is a SVU that is manufactured by Tata Motors of India and it is the very first one to be designed, developed, and built entirely in India. This SUV was initially released in 1998 and used a 2.0 liter turbo I4 Diesel engine. The Safari was upgraded later on in 2003 as part of the new EX and EX2 versions as well as a Limited edition version that came with vastly improved interiors and mechanics, some of which included a fuel pump, power steering, and electrical components.
The TCIC EX2 2003-2006 models were widely regarded as being the most reliable and refined, and the TCIC Safari received a number of modifications in August of 2005, including a 3.0 liter DiCOR engine as well as modified interiors and exteriors. The 3.0 liter engine was the first diesel engine with common rail technology to come from Tata Motors. There was also a 2.0 liter petrol engine that was added to the range for the same year. This modified version of the Safari won the title of Car of the year in 2007 from Motor Forum in the SUV category; it was voted on by a number of people in India and beat out some of its competitors, including the Land Rover Freelander, Honda CR-V, and the Toyota RAV4.
Tata unveiled the 2.2 liter Safari DiCOR in October 2007, and it came with an increased power output of 143 PS. This engine was replaced not too long after its release with a much more advanced DiCOR 2.2 VTT (Variable Turbine Technology) engine which had a total power output of 140 PS at 4000 rpm and 320 N m or 236 pound-feet of torque at 1700 rpm. This engine has been widely regarded as the most powerful one to ever come from Tata Motors.
A new variant of the Safari named the Safari GX was recently launched as well. The GX is just below the top end Safari VX in this automaker’s lineup and has dual tone exterior as well as unique leather cum fabric upholstery as well as a Reverse Guide System. There are also indicators on the outer rear view mirrors, which is another new feature and a selling point to be sure.
The first generation of the Safari was launched in 1998 in the form of a Turdo Diesel that is capable of 87 PS. This vehicle came with a synchromesh forward 5-speed manual gearbox and 4×4 was an optional feature. Even still, the first iteration of the Safari was still considered by many to be underpowered and there was quite a bit of body roll. The new Tata Safari DiCOR is uses a 3000 cc inline-four cylinder engine that is rated at 116 PS and 3000 rpm as well as 300 N m or 221 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes from the Tata 407, which is a truck that was manufactured by Tata Motors. The new engine in this vehicle works in combination with a 5-speed gearbox and a new sporty gear lever.
The Safari underwent a significant revision in 2007 and was displayed to the public with a Euro 4 compliant 2.2 liter DiCOR engine which is rated at 140 PS and 320 N m or 236 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle was first unveiled to the public at the Bologna Motor Show in 2006 and was officially launched on October 6, 2007. There were some improved interior features that came with this newly revised vehicle, including the two-tone upholstery and leather seats. The higher end version of this vehicle came with a number of safety features, including dual airbags along with AMBS with EBD.