The Indian company Tata has presented a production version of the seven-seater Safari crossover. Interestingly, in the status of a concept, this model debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show under the name “Buzzard”, and it was planned to launch it on the market as “Gravitas”.
The current name “Tata Safari” is not at all new, since from 1998 to 2019, a frame SUV was produced under this name. The latter is well known in India, so the company decided to name it the new flagship model.
However, the Tata Safari 2021 is not really a new model either. In fact, we have before us an elongated version of the Tata Harrier crossover, which appeared on the market back in the eighteenth year. It differs from the original Safari in a completely different rear part of the body, while the front end with two-story optics and a compact radiator grille on both cars is almost identical.
The design of the front of the Tata Safari’s cabin also repeats that of the Harrier. As for the second row, the car can be ordered both with a three-seater sofa and with two separate armchairs. Thus, the model can have seven or six seats. The developers do not talk about the equipment, although it is known that a panoramic roof is available for a surcharge.
Like the donor Harrier, the 2021 Tata Safari crossover is built on the Omegarc platform, which is a simplified version of Land Rover’s D8 bogie (familiar from the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque models). By the way, the main simplification here is the use of a rear semi-independent suspension instead of the original multi-link.
The overall length of the three-row Indian off-road vehicle is 4,661, the distance between the axles here is 2,741, and due to the presence of roof rails, the novelty turned out to be 80 millimeters (1,786) higher.
The new Tata Safari is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Kroytec turbodiesel (essentially a Fiat Multijet II engine). This engine produces 170 hp, and it can work in tandem with either a mechanic or a Hyundai six-speed automatic. So far, the drive is only front, although the company promised the appearance of an all-wheel drive top modification, which will have to return the rear independent suspension.
The Tata Safari will debut in the Indian market at the end of January 2021, but the cost of the crossover has not yet been announced. For comparison, they ask for the Harrier from $ 19,000 (1.4 million rubles at the current exchange rate), so its extended version should be somewhat more expensive.