This is the vehicle that gave Tata Motors a new identity in the Indian market. For a manufacturer that was better known for its commercial vehicle range, the Safari did wonders for the brand. It was first launched in the Indian market in 1998 and since then has undergone many changes, mainly on the inside and under the bonnet. The looks of the Safari more or less remain the same and needless to say, the Safari, thirteen years after its launch, does look dated. The interiors have been refreshed time to time but lack the fit and finish that is expected from a product that costs more than Rs 10 lakh. However, space on the inside is very generous and the Safari also scores very high on the comfort front.
The original Tata Safari came with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine that frankly was underpowered for the weight of this vehicle. In August 2005, the Safari got a 3.0-litre DICOR engine and a 2.0-litre petrol engine was added after a while. However today, the Safari only comes with a 2.2-litre DICOR engine with variable turbine technology and this is a huge improvement over the earlier engines. Infact, the Safari is powerful, quick and efficient and a delight to drive fast. The soft suspension though robs it of confidence while driven in a spirited manner. The poor quality of plastics and niggling electrical issues further rob the Safari of a good ownership experience.
The Safari is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 modes and the prices for it start at Rs 7.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base LX 4x2 model going upto Rs 12.4 (ex-showroom, Delhi) lakh for the top end VX 4x4 model. An all-new model of the Safari is expected in the second half of 2011. The ARAI certified fuel economy for the Safari BS-III and BS-IV models stand at 14.34 kmpl and 13.93kmpl respectively.
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Tata Safari Specifications
Dimension & Weights
|Overall Length||4650 mm|
|Overall Width||1918 mm|
|Overall Height||1925 mm|
|Ground Clearance||205 mm|
|No of Cylinders||4|
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Tata Safari Features
|Tata Safari||4X4 LX||EXi 4X4 BSII||DICOR 2.2 LX 4x2||DICOR 2.2 EX 4x2|
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Tata Safari Colors
- Quartz Black
- Cycus Grey + Arctic silver
- Cycus Grey
- Pearl White
- Quartz Black + Real Earth
- Arctic Silver
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Tata has over the years accepted feedback and has implemented it by upgrading the quality of the interiors in the Safari. It has now acceptable quality of interior plastics, fit and finish has been improved off late. It has a functional instrument cluster with two oval dials and the central console features a single CD player with USB, AUX-in, MP3 compatibilities. It has DVD screen for the middle row passengers and is located behind the front seat headrest. It also has a huge amount of boot space if you fold the seats up to the middle row and you get 1380 liters of boot space. Other features include ample storage area, arm rests for passengers and AC vents in pillars which further aid in cooling of the car on a hot summer day.
The last row of seats are opposite facing ones with hinges. With all row of seats been used, there is practically only 120 liters of boot space but then fold the seats and tumble down the middle row and you get a humongous 1380 liters of boot space.
Tata Safari is offered with digital trip and tacho meter with digital outside temperature indicator.
The gear stick lever is housed in a pod surrounded by aluminium inserts in the Tata safari DiCor.
It has cup holder as well as can holder in the middle console.
Every variant of the SUV has a Glovebox in it and has a good storage space also inside it.
While you enjoy the drive, a DVD player located on the central console does its bit to provide wholesome entertainment. Passengers seated at the back can just plug in their headphones and view their favorite movie on the two separate LCD screens conveniently mounted behind the front seat head-rests. But the head rest mounted.
Tata Safari is equipped with an extremely efficient heating and air conditioning systems with a separate roof mounted unit for middle and rear passengers.
Tata Safari has Driver co-driver & middle row seats are provided with the foldable arm rests.
AC vents from the pillars help cool the atmosphere inside pretty quickly.
The Driver's seat is equipped with a hydraulic height adjustment which allows you to adjust the seat height to suit your most convenient driving position. Travel in luxury. Travel in comfort. The new contoured leather upholstered rear seats provide the right amount of lumbar support, thigh support and shoulder support
The leg room in the safari DiCor 2.2VTI is 20201030mm which is quite enough even to support a 6footer comfortably.
Safari DiCor has 810610mm of knee room space again which is very spacious for an SUV of this size.
Tata Safari DiCor has 1480mm of shoulder space inside the car.
DiCor has 1000970mm of headroom space inside the SUV that means a tall person will be easily fit inside without touching the roof.
Tata safari DiCor has a leather wrapped and adds to a classy look to the SUV. Power Steering, Adjustable Height & Collapsible. it doesnt boast of steering mounted audio controls
The power windows in Safari can be brought down by a single touch operation. Apart from this, a lock has been provided on driver side to prevent kids from opening them.
Tata Safari is offered with keyless entry with an remote key option where the headlights lit when the car is locked and they stay for 30 seconds that makes you arent left in the dark.
Driver information display
In case the seat belts have not been locked or any of the doors are open icons on the instrument penal will light up and audio warnings will come on.
Tata Safari has been around for a very long time now and the design and looks of the car has remained largely unchanged over the years. It has chrome tipped front grill and clear lens headlamp unit. Safari has triangular shaped fog lamps which give it a unique style statement and the front skid plate gives the perception of the SUV’s off-road capabilities. The side view demonstrates the excellent 205 mm of ground clearance. The alloy design remains unchanged over the years and flared wheel arches add to the aggressive profile of the car. Overall the car looks muscular and has a huge road presence.
Here is a feeling of liberation that comes from simply looking at the new Safari DiCor. Its strong lines and rebellious stance reminding you that anything is possible. It's a feeling that begins by looking at the striking new chrome grill, the chrome ORVMs, the majestic Ferrari silver sump guard and the Ferrari silver spare wheel cover. Only to become stronger as you discover more. The muscular hood of the car along with overall strong built. The grille is the typical chrome unit with the Tata l
The rear end also hasnt undergone much change, more or less it has become curvy now. There is now a rear wiper. The spare wheel position has changed over the years and now it is back on the rear hatch. The chunky reflectors are now on the bumpers. On the rear climb cladding, there is a camera.
The SUV looks muscular and chunky from the side.
The ground clearance of 205 mm is available in the Tat Safari DiCor.
The Suv DiCor gets a body coloured masculine bumpers with the fog lamp fitted at the front and a stylish steel plate at the bottom to focus its off-road capability
The sportiness of the off roader can be clearly seen with the aggressive clear headlamps of the Safari DiCor.
The tail lamp of the DiCor is crystal clear and is clearly visible from a long distance the fog lamp integrated in it.
Clear lens fog lamps help visibility in the most stubborn of fogs and mists.
The 23570 R16 tyre size of this SUV DiCor fills the wheel arches well.
Safari has 16 inch alloy wheel rims available with the model.
DiCor has both driver end side as well as front passenger side mirror equipped with the car.
The colour options that are available for a Safari are 1. Cyrus gray 2. Quartz black 3. Artic Silver 4. Artic white 5. Pearl white 6. Artic silver 7. Quartz black+real earth 8. Cyeus grey+artic silver
Tata Safari DiCor also have rear window wiper at the back.
The striking roof rails on the Safari add that extra touch of class.
Tata Safari has no option for a sunroof in the SUV.
None of the Safari variants have a spoiler.
Side foot step is also available in the Safari DiCor.
The spare wheel is attached to the back of the car to save space in the interior.
The 2.2 liter VTT DICOR engine produces 140 BHP of peak power at 4000 RPM and a huge 320 NM of torque from as low as 1700 RPM. This motor has a sense of eagerness to lunge forward when required. It can cruise all day long at triple digit speeds and yet return good fuel economy. The engine has minimal turbo lag and the noise level from the engine are at a minimum.
Engine & Performance Details
Tata Safari has Instant pick up, acceleration 0 - 60 Kmph in 6.8 secs and acceleration 0-100 Kmph in 15.8 secs.
Tata Safari ahs a maximum top speed of Max Speed 160 Kmph
Tata Safari can reach 40-60 in 3.51 seconds during 3rd gear and can touch 80-100 in 5.44 seconds.
Tata Safari DiCor Gearbox and transmission is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. Gone is the lazy demeanor of the earlier motors, this motor actually shows an eagerness.
Safari has Peak Power of 140 PS @ 4000 rpm and all this power comes from a Direct Injection, Common Rail, 16 valves Aluminum cylinder head Contemporary world class diesel engine 4cylinder inline 2179cc engine.
Safari DiCor lashes out an 320 Nm @ 1700 to 2700 rpm .VTT (Variable Turbine Technology) is a new technology incorporated in the turbocharger. It generates a higher air density at low engine speeds, allowing a greater input of fuel for the same air-fuel ratio, increasing power while making engines more fuel-efficient and cleaner burning. This technology improves low-speed drivability and high-speed fuel economy. Fully electronic controlled fuel injection system Higher injection pressure (1600 bar
The best thing about the engine that the engine is also quiet till the 100 Kmph mark but then onwards it takes on a gruff note. Unlike the Indigo XL where you put the blower on full speed and it becomes noisy at the rear, the Safaris unit is muted enough. Under heavy braking duress, the vehicle has a tendency to pitch and bob.
ARAI has certified the fuel economy for the 4×2 variant of the Safari as a healthy 14.34 kmpl and the 4×4 Safari variant has been certified at 13.93 kmpl. Ownership costs are decent on the Safari and economy is good considering price and size.
Mileage View full detail
|Tata Safari 4X4 LX||--|
|Tata Safari EXi 4X4 BSII||--|
|Tata Safari DICOR 2.2 LX 4x2||13.93 kmpl|
|Tata Safari DICOR 2.2 EX 4x2||14.34 kmpl|
City fuel economy
Tata Safari DiCor returns a mileage of 9.1kmpl in the city whereas DiCor 2.2VTT returns 7.8kmpl in the city.
Highway fuel economy
Safari DiCor returns 17.9kmpl in the city and DiCor 2.VTT returns 12.8kmpl in the Highways.
ARAI rated economy
Tata Safari DICOR 2.2 LX 4x2 Fuel Diesel (ARAI Specified) 13.93 kmpl Tata Safari DICOR 2.2 EX 4x2 Fuel Diesel (ARAI Specified) 14.34 kmpl Tata Safari DICOR 2.2 VX 4x2 Fuel Diesel (ARAI Specified) 13.93 kmpl Tata Safari DICOR 2.2 VX 4x4 Fuel Diesel (ARAI Specified) 13.93 kmpl Tata Safari DICOR 2.2 GX 4x2 Fuel Diesel (ARAI Specified) 13.93 kmpl
Safari DiCor has a tank range of 735 Kms.
Handling has been improved a lot in the Safari from the old days but massive amounts of body roll still remains. So its best to take the corner slow and the massive size and weight does not help either. Steering is decent and has been improved. It has good brakes owing to ABS and EBD which improves the safety factor present in the car along with ABS for the driver and the passenger.
Handling Braking & Safety Details
The best thing that this motor does is, cruise all day long at 100 Kmph. The gearshifts are still a bit rubbery as well as long but then the ratios are optimised. To overcome the slight turbo lag, the first three gears are paired shortly whereas the last two are a slight long to help in cruising comfortably. Idle was a bit of gravelly but when the SUV did warm up, the noise vanished. Piloting the Tata Safari around in town is quite a handful. This can be attributed to the heavy front end and the
Tata Safari DiCor has an effective braking performance Effective Braking, 80 - 0 Kmph stopping distance 38 meters. It has Vacuum Assisted Independent Hydraulic Front Ventilated Disc brake with Twin Pot caliper Rear Drum brake, Auto Adjusting Type
Collapsible steering column The steering column in the Tata Safari is designed to collapse into itself during full frontal impact, thus protecting the driver from the steering wheel., Mounted over a strong ladder frame, the shell has several crumple zones and other energy absorbing design features to soak up the energy of impact in case of a collision. The side impact beams counter impact in case of a side collision, elps defogging the rear windshield in case of mist formation in cold clim
Safari DiCor has an ABS system. If you brake hard in an emergency, the car wheels can skid & even lock, causing the vehicle to spin out of control. But with the Anti-lock Braking System, you can rest assured. Because it pumps the brakes for you even if you are driving on wet and slippery surfaces. ABS uses electronic controls to maintain wheel rotation when you brake hard and prevents the wheels from locking up. It pumps brakes at up to 30 times per second in an alternating pattern that helps yo
Tata Safari does not have a traction control but it does have a EBD (Electronic Breakforce Distribution) protects the occupants in case of any surprises on the road
Tata is known for its plush ride quality absorbing all the undulations and potholes on the road with ease. It does have a fair amount of body roll owing to the high center of gravity. It has ample stability for highway runs and will comfortably sit upwards of 100 kph which throwing its passengers around inside the car when going over bad patches of road.
Comfort & Suspension Details
The following features ensure that the Safari lives up to its reputation Perfectly cushioned, contoured seats Upright seating position Adequately placed seat pitch leading to maximum leg room Best-in-class headroom Adequate Thigh support on seats Appropriate Reclining angle of the seats Lumbar support on Driver and Co-driver seats.
The Safari comes equipped with a heavy-duty suspension designed to take on any terrain. It has a double wishbone system with torsion bars at the front.
5 link-suspension with coil springs at the rear. It ensures a superior ride and handling comfort, both on the road and off.
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