Photography: Afsar Beg
Not to be content with the good looking Harrier, Tata Motors has now
got along a sibling in the form of the new 2021 Safari. Similar to the Harrier,
this SUV too combines the Tata Motors’ Impact 2.0 design language and the
capability of OMEGARC, architecture derived from the D8 platform from Land
But there has got to a different between the two. Well, there are
several, despite the fact that they share the same powertrain and transmission.
The new Safari will be available in 6 and 7 seater options.
The new Tata safari will be powered by the Kryotec 2L turbocharged
diesel engine, and will have a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission as well
as 6-speed automatic transmission. We got the automatic version for a test
drive and this was a six-seater with captain seats.
Coming to the exterior, the new Tata Safari has a sleek, yet
muscular frame with an equally muscular bonnet. In front you get to see signature
grille with the signature tri-arrow chrome motif encased by the humanity line.
Just below that is the dual tone bumper. The SUV gets Xenon HID projector
headlamps, dual function LED DRLs with turn indicators and front fog lamp with
The side profile of this vehicle is unique and interesting. It gets
a stepped roof, roof-rails, flared wheel arches, and protective side cladding.
The vehicle sits on 18” machined alloy wheels. It comes with a shark fin
The rear of the vehicle too is good looking with its integrated
spoiler, the signature twin light LED tail
lamps and the rear fog lamps. It has a high mounted stop light too. The vehicle
will be available in Royale Blue, Orcus White and Daytona Grey colours. The one we were reviewing was in Royal Blue.
Once you step inside the vehicle you are treated to signature oyster
white interior colour scheme, signature ashwood dashboard, premium oyster white
perforated leather seat upholstery and door pad inserts. The Safari
also has satin chrome pack soft touch dashboard with anti reflective ‘nappa’
grain top layer. The steering wheel is leather wrapped and so is the gear shift knob. The knob has a
bejewelled kind of surface. The steering wheel with mounted controls comes with
tilt and telescopic adjustment. You get a USB and Aux in slots in front.
The new Safari
gets a Majestic Skydome, which is basically a best-in-segment
panoramic sunroof. The sunroof
automatically closes when the ignition is turned off and the vehicle is parked
with doors locked. It has an anti-pinch for passenger safety. It also has a
rain sensor closure to prevent rainwater from getting into the cabin.
The cabin comes in six and seven seater option. The Automatic
version we had was a six-seater with three seating rows. The middle row had
captain seats. We got the model with the captain seats.
While the front seats are comfortable with adequate bolsters, thigh
support and lumbar support, the driver seat is 6-way powered with adjustable
The front co-passenger does not get this luxury and has manual adjustments.
The front arm rest for the driver is broad and comfortable with storage space.
The captain seats are very broad with individual arm rests. The one
diagonally behind the driver seat has the option to shift the front seat
forward and backward with a lever on the side of the front left seat. Tata
Motors calls it the Boss mode. The second row seats which are reclining too gets
exclusive AC vents on either side on the B pillars. Then you have pockets on
the rear of the front seats for storage. The door panels too hold ample storage
space for bottle and knick knacks.
Reading lights, hooks, two USB slots and grab handles make up the rest
of the features for the second row passengers.
The third row seat offers comfort for adults with its abundant
knee-room and headroom for a stretch, though thigh support is lacking. Getting
in and out of the third row is from the space between the two captain seats and
not from the side of the captain seat. Since the captain seat is not a tumble
down seat, unlike in the seven seater where the second row seat is a bench seat
and the same can be tumbled down, here the seat can only be reclined a bit and
pushed in front and the space so created is too narrow for anyone to get in,
unless one squeezes in.
The third row occupants have access to two USB slots, cup holder,
mobile holder, a netted area to keep knick knacks, exclusive AC vents on the C
pillars and reading lamps.
It has a rollover screen with a black coating on the glass side that
helps with heat dissipation and keeps the cabin cool.
There is plenty of storage space in the vehicle from those in the
door panels, front arm rest, in the glove compartment, and on the sides of the
third row for bottles, cups, mobile holders, etc.
Other cabin features include ambient mood lighting, fully automatic temperature control, AC vents
for all three row passengers, push button start, automatic headlamps, rain
sensing wipers and electrically adjustable and foldable outer mirrors.
No interior is complete without an infotainment system and a colourful
instrument cluster. The vehicle gets floating island
touch screen infotainment system with 8.8” display, JBL Audio with 9 speakers
(4 Speakers+ 4 Tweeters+ 1 Subwoofer) and external Amplifier. It has Android
Auto & Apple Car Play Connectivity. The vehicle has an instrument cluster
with 7" coloured TFT Display, media, phone & navigation mirroring
between Infotainment and Instrument cluster, video playback and view images
through USB, Voice Recognition & SMS Readout, Voice Alerts for Driver
assistance, Bluetooth Audio Playback, etc. The Intelligent
Real Time Assist provides a plethora of functions through an app which you need
to download into your smartphone. The SUV also comes with a whole set of voice
command features and the button to initiate this is mounted on the steering
ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
The Kryotec 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine produces 168hp and 350
Nm of peak torque. The turbocharger is an advanced electronically controlled
variable geometry turbocharger (eVGT) for good low end torque and linear power
delivery. We got a 6-speed automatic to drive.
The new Tata Safari comes with engine drive modes (Eco, City, Sport)
and all these modes are fine tuned to the ESP Terrain Response Modes like Normal,
Rough & Wet. These terrain modes can be engaged by turning the rotary knob
on the centre console. On either side of this knob are buttons for Hill Descent
Control and engaging your ESP and disengaging
it. Though we did not get the time to test out these features, we surely
enjoyed the driving in the different modes, the sport mode being the most
aggressive and responsive.
The front suspension and hydra bush have been carried over from D8
and have been tuned for Indian conditions. The rear twist blade suspension has
been designed by Lotus Engineering of the UK to suit Indian conditions. All
this was quite evident in the ride and handling of the six-seater SUV as it
glided over potholes and some rough patches very smoothly.
Parking Brake with Auto Hold is a great function. Each time the vehicle is
switched off, the EPB gets activated as a default setting and one can lift off
from stationery by simply engaging the Drive mode and pressing the throttle. Of
course, you need to wear your seat belt also. But you can also manually
deactivate this electric parking brake by stepping on the brake pedal and
releasing the switch. This EPB is like your hand brake and in the Tata Safari
it is electronic.
Just adjacent to
the EPB is the Auto Hold button. Now this is a very handy feature. Once you start the vehicle, you need to activate
this function by first pressing the Auto Hold button, You need to wear your
seat belt while doing this. The message in tiny letters displays on the
instrument panel in white with the words “Auto Hold”. Now as you move the
vehicle forward or backward, the letters turn green which means this function
is activated. What it does is that while driving in traffic or a hilly tract or
anywhere, when you apply brakes, the vehicle holds in that position and does
not roll back or forward even if you lift your foot off the brakes. This
vehicle has all disc brakes. The vehicle comes with a plethora of safety
features that include the likes of ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution,
Corner Stability control, roll over mitigation, tyre pressure monitor system, 6
Airbags, auto-dimming IRVM, child seat ISOFIX anchor points, reverse parking camera, etc.
The 2021 Tata
Safari with a monocoque construction is very
unlike its earlier sibling by the same name. This one is sleek, has tons of
comfort features as well as technology brilliance. Whether it is the safety features, or the
technology features associated with comfort and utility, this SUV is loaded to
the brim with brilliance. Maybe having a 4x2 makes more sense at this stage
than bringing in a 4x4 and making it a lot costlier for the star stuck Tata
OMEGARC(Optimal Modular Efficient Global
Advanced Architecture) derived from Land Rover’s D8 Platform
Kryotec 2.0 L Turbocharged Engine
Engine Max Power
170 PS @ 3750 rpm
Engine Max Torque
350 Nm at 1750-2500 rpm
Fuel, Emission Norms
1956 cc, In-Line 4-Cylinder
6 Speed Automatic/ 6-Speed Manual
Length x Width x Height (mm)
4661 x 1894 x 1786 (width without mirrors)
Brakes -Front, Rear
Independent, Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut
with Coil Spring & Anti Roll Bar
Suspension - Rear
Semi Independent Twist Blade with Panhard
Rod & Coil Spring
235/60 R18 Alloys
Boot Space (with 3rd
row folded) (Litres)
447 (as per ISO V211),
750 (as per ISO V215)
Boot Space (with 2nd
and 3rd row folded) (Litres)
910 (as per ISO V212),
1658 (as per ISO V214)
Kerb Weight (kg)
Fuel tank capacity (Litres)
DEF Tank (Litres)
6 seater/ 7 Seater
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