Tata Motor Cars have officially teased the all-new Tata Safari through its social media channels. The company has also reportedly started production on the new Tata Safari ahead of its debut in anticipation of demand. The brand at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show had showcased the concept prototype of the SUV but it was named Buzzard. Later at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, the brand showcased the same concept but changed the name to Gravitas and now it has been officially unveiled that the new 7-seater car will come with the legendary ‘Safari’ moniker.
Tata has also given us a glimpse of what to expect when the production version of the new Safari (Gravitas) makes its debut. The 2021 Tata Safari features the brand’s latest IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy which made its debut on the Tata Harrier. On the front, the Harrier and the Safari share too many similarities so much so that up to the C-pillar both are essentially similar in terms of design, but the Safari comes with its own differentiating features such as a Tri-Arrow radiator grille with Silver finish and a new shade of Blue on the exterior paint.
The new Tata Safari is based on the OMEGA-ARC (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced -Architecture) derived from the Land Rover D8 platform which also underpins the Tata Harrier but the Safari is expected to be 63mm longer and 80mm taller than the Harrier but is similar in width.
The 2021 Tata Safari is also expected to be powered by the same powertrain that does its duty on the Tata Harrier. The Harrier is powered by a BS6 compliant 2.0-litre Kryotec four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. The OMEGA-ARC platform is capable of electrification and accommodating a 4-wheel drivetrain leading us to believe that the brand could bring a mild-hybrid version as well as a 4×4 variant of the Safari to keep up to its brand name.