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MY22 Tata Safari & Harrier could get turbo-petrol engines

Written by Akhil Dalvi

Indian automotive giant Tata Motors has recently been spied testing camouflaged versions of the Safari and Harrier SUVs. Supposedly, the brand may introduce turbo-petrol powertrains for both SUVs since both SUVs only feature a single diesel powertrain. Tata Motors is likely going to introduce a 1.5-litre, turbocharged petrol engine for both the Harrier and Safari. The brand may also pair the engine with manual or automatic transmission so that it may compete with other SUVs.

2021 Tata Safari & Harrier: Design Highlights 

Tata Motors has achieved great success with its Safari and Harrier SUVs, thanks to their unique and distinctive styling. Built under the OMEGARC architecture used in the Land Rover Discovery, the Safari is the three-row version of the Harrier. The front of both SUVs feature Tata Motors’ iconic humanity line connecting the stylish LED DRLs and LED headlamps underneath. The Safari differentiates itself from the Harrier via its chrome-panelled front grille, an elongated body, and differently-styled tail lights.

2021 Tata Safari & Harrier: Technical Specs Highlights 

The Safari and Harrier share the same FCA-sourced, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbo-diesel motor, producing 170 PS and 350 Nm. Tata Motors has ensured to pair the engine to a 6-speed manual or a Hyundai-sourced, 6-speed automatic transmission. The 5-seater Harrier SUV sports 17-inch alloy wheels, whereas the 7-seater Safari sports 18-inch wheels and is 63mm longer. Despite sharing the same 2741mm wheelbase and 1894mm width, the Safari is 80mm taller than its 5-seater counterpart.

2021 Tata Safari & Harrier: Features & Safety 

Thanks to its OMEGARC architecture, both SUVs achieved a 5-star Global NCAP crash safety rating, which helps ease passengers. On the top-spec trim of both SUVs, Tata Motors offers dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and fog lamps. Additionally, the SUVs feature a reverse parking camera with guidelines, cruise control, and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

Drivers get access to the floating 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth connectivity. The SUVs offer a variety of convenient features on the interior, such as the 8-speaker JBL sound system. Other features include an engine start/stop button, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and an automatic climate control system.

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