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2021 Tata Safari Review

Written by Parichay Malvankar

Tata is gearing up to launch the all-new Tata Safari in the Indian market. The 2021 Tata Safari reclaims its spot as the brand’s flagship SUV and is said to be the evolution of the original Safari that was launched back in the late ’90s. But unlike the original Safari which was based on body-on-frame architecture, in its 2021 avatar, the Safari feature a more modern monocoque chassis based on the Land Rover D8 derived OMEGARC platform and a BS6-compliant powertrain.

The market launch of the 2021 Tata Safari is still awaited but we got a chance to experience the all-new Tata Safari bringing to you the most comprehensive review on the lifestyle SUV. In the above videos, we talk about the 2nd and 3rd-row comfort of the car, the interior design and features of the 6-seater variant, the exterior design of the Safari and how it compares to its baby brother, the Tata Harrier, the driving experience of the automatic variant and the driving experience of the manual variant.

The 2021 Tata Safari is powered by an FCA-derived 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that pumps out 170 Hp of power and 350 Nm of torque matched to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque converter type automatic transmission. The SUV measures 4,661mm in length, 1,894mm in width and 1,786mm in height. Compared to the Harrier on which the Safari is based on measures 4,598mm in length, 1,894mm in width and 1,706mm in height, making the Safari 63mm longer and 80mm taller (including roof rails) than the Harrier.

The Harrier features a new generation chassis, Land Rover derived front suspension and a semi-independent Twist Blade rear suspension developed by Lotus Engineering giving the SUV mild off-roading abilities even though it comes with a front-wheel-drive architecture. The SUV comes with the brand’s latest IMPACT 2.0 design language and differentiates itself from the Harrier by having a tri-arrow radiator grille design, a chrome ‘Humanity Line’ below the grille, chrome and grey surrounds in the headlamp area, 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and a completely reworked rear end of the SUV.

On the inside, the 2021 Safari features a soft-touch dashboard top, Ashwood finish on the dash fascia, a silver Humanity Line running across the dash, and light beige interiors, door pads and seat upholstery which Tata calls Oyster White. The Safari features IRA Connected 8.8-inch infotainment system with JBL speaker system, 7-inch semi-digital instrumentation, Majestic Dome panoramic sunroof with Global closure feature and a plethora of safety features as standard which includes Dual Airbags,  ABS with EBD, All Disc Brakes, Brake Disc Wiping, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Program, Corner Stability Control, Hill Hold Control,  Roll Over Mitigation, Rear Parking Sensors and a Perimetric Alarm System.

The 2021 Tata Safari is expected to be launched at the price of INR 15 lakh ex-showroom, India.