Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Tata Safari

Tata Safari


Rs. 7,28,000 - Rs. 12,58,000


Car Body Type:
C+ Segment


2179cc, DiCOR
Engine Type:
Maximum Power:
140 Bhp @ 4000 rpm
Maximum Torque:
320 Nm @ 1700 rpm


4650 mm
1918 mm
1925 mm


Seating Capacity:
Tyre Size:
235/70 R16 105S
Ind Double Wishbone with Torsion bar
Boot Space:
981.00 ltrs.
Front Ventilated, Rear Disk
5 Manual
Ground Clearance:
195.00 mm
Kerb Weight:
2040.00 kgs.
Fuel Tank:

When the Tata Safari initially hit the market it was taken as a symbolic representation of adventure and freedom. With the passage of time however many foreign manufacturers released their own versions of the utility vehicle into the Indian market with the result that the Tata Safari fell out of fashion. To match up to the raised standards set by the foreign companies Tata reintroduced an enhanced version of the Safari known as the Safari DiCOR (Direct Injection CommonRail Diesel).
Update: New Upgrded & Refreshed Safari Launched
The Tata Safari, in its model year 2010, has been made BS IV compliant along with slight upgrades to the exteriors and refreshments to the interiors. The exterior enhancements include chrome plated grill and chrome plated ORVMs. The interiors have been completely refreshed in a dual dark graphite and beige theme with tan-coloured leather upholstery and door inserts, a new instrument cluster and faux wood in the centre console. The top of the line Safari already comes with ABS, dual airbags, reverse guide system and DVD/MP3 system with dual LCD screens. The Safari range comprises four variants in 4×2 and 4×4 version.
Safari Dicor 2.2 VTT is a complete blend of great power and style. It has been stuffed with excellent interior and exterior features. Now Tata has added a new safari variant in its stable - Safari GX. The current Safari DICOR range comprises three variants: LX, EX and VX. The GX, with several high end comfort and safety features, has been positioned below VX, the top end variant.
Update II: Bullet-proof Safari Launched
Tata Motors India has launched an upgraded model of Safari which is bullet-proof and can withstand AK-47 rifle fire and hand grenade explosion. Even the glasses of armoured Safari can resist attack from small arms. Tata launched Safari in India in 1990s and till now it has managed to develop its own market with huge fan following. It is first choice among prospective buyers who wants to own a comfortable, feature rich and affordable sports utility vehicle. The bullet-proof version of Safari has been priced around 60 lakh rupees which seems to be quite reasonable considering the fact it is the only bullet-proof SUV available for this price. This variant of Safari is powered by the same 2200cc diesel engine which is technically very sound and is also fuel efficient.  Bullet-proof Safari is not on display at the dealers but you can place your order with them and it will be delivered in one month or so.
Safari GX is packed with following comfort and safety features:
  • Dual tone exteriors in selected shades.
  • Leather cum fabric upholstery.
  • Reverse guide system with camera in rear bumper.
  • ABS with EBD.
  • Turn indicators on outer rear view mirrors.
  • Alloy wheels.
  • Available in both 4×2 and 4×4 versions.
  • Power Windows.
  • Power Steering.
  • Remote Central Locking.
  • Tubeless Tyres.
  • Rear Wiper with Washer.
  • Rear Defogger.
  • Tiltable & Collapsible Steering Column.
The top model VX comes with all of the above features plus dual SRS airbags, full leather interiors, MP3/DVD Player with Dual LCD Screens. The Safari is generally well kitted out for the size and the price. Safari  was the first vehicle in India to offer the Reverse Guide System using a camera in the rear bumper and the Internal Rearview Mirror as the Screen. DiCOR actually stands for Direct Injection Common Rail. In contrast to the agricultural origins of this engine, an ultramodern Delphi Multitec 1600 bar fully electronic Common Rail Direct Injection System does the job of supplying fuel. This is able to provide the consumer best all round performance in acceleration, noise reduction and overall control patented adaptive learning technology. The DiCOR VTT engine develops maximum power od 140 Bhp at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1700 rpm.
The gearbox now has been totally revamped and as the Tata engineers explained is a grounds up effort. The Safari uses double-cone synchro rings in the gearbox, hence shifting is much easier; Tata could now work on reducing the travel perhaps. The clutch though as good, its quite heavy and is unable to keep the vibrations of the motor at bay. It continues its high stance with a rather long bonnet; it exudes ruggedness; even in the face of its rather more timid looking clear lens headlamps and some extra chrome that has gone into its anti-ageing process.
Once you get inside, you're treated to well-designed interiors with comfortable seats and quite a luxurious cabin. The Dash is in beige with a polished aluminum console in the center of the dash It comes with a nice clock and buttons for the defogger, rear wash-wipe and so on. The safari uses independent double wishbone with torsion bar up front and coil spring suspension with 5 link at the rear, which work well; even when the car is not full of people. Shod with 235/70 R16 radials, grip is adequate on the tarmac, but the tires are definitely not meant for any kind of serious off-road adventures.
The ride also has a bit of a hard edge due to the now reduced profile. The chassis continues to be the tried and tested steel body on ladder frame type, which is quite stiff but the safari has a very heavy snout, which can prove quite a handful around corners. The safari comes with shift on the fly feature which means that you can shift between 2WD and 4WD without any hitch, no need to change gears and reduce speed. The safari is an excellent SUV, it always had image and road prescence going for it, it has a spacious cabin, which can comfortably seat 7 and loads of luggage. You can keep cruising all day long without much feeling too tired, build quality is also steadily improving, but still suffers from a few rough edges. If one is looking for a comfortable SUV that is able to do the highway and town circuit quite well
It is available in following shades:
  • Mountain Green
  • Passion Red
  • Artic White
  • Pearl White
  • Light Gold
  • Cycus Grey
  • Quartz Black
  • Artic Silver
  • Steel Blue

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