Ever since Tata Motors showcased the Gravitas (a really good name in our dictionary) at the Auto Expo 2020, the buzz about the seven-seater becoming the Indian marque’s flagship SUV has only increased. For the uninitiated still, the Gravitas has now undergone a name-change and will carry the ‘Safari’ badge.
Pre-booking amount –
The upcoming Tata Safari can be pre-booked for a mere INR 30,000, as Tata Motors commences with the SUV’s booking process. The official launch and the price reveal has been stated for the 22nd of this month. Yes, we have to wait just a little longer to understand how much will this iconic SUV cost those who are willing to buy it.
The 2021 Safari will become the future-version of the Harrier. From the front, it looks similar to its younger sibling, however, there is a considerable change in the roofline and space inside it – plush Benecke Kaliko Oyster White interiors paired with Ash Wood dashboard, a full-blown panoramic sunroof, and captain seats in the second row (ahead of the third row, of course), differentiates the Safari from the Harrier.
Variants & Features list
The 2021 Safari is now Tata’s second vehicle to be built on the Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture (OMEGARC) derived from the D8 platform of Land Rover. More on this, Tata has also confirmed that the SUV will come in a total of six variants – XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ, XZ+.
The upcoming flagship SUV boasts a chrome-studded tri-arrow front grille, Xenon HID projector headlamps, dual-function LED DRLs with turn indicators, signature twin-light LED taillamps, 18-inch alloys, dual-tone front bumper, stepped roof, roof spoiler, and much more.
To distinguish it further from its younger-brother Harrier, Tata Motors has also decided to bring in three exterior colors – Royale Blue, Orcus White, and Daytona Grey.
Talking about the talk-of-the-town, the 2021 Safari’s third-row offers 889 mm of headroom, 832 mm of legroom, and 463 mm of thigh support. Safari gets a dedicated AC unit with vents, USB mobile charger, mobile holder, cup holder, reading lamp, and more for the signature third-row.
Additional gizmos up for grabs and available on the feature-list includes:
- Seven-inch instrument panel
- 9-speaker JBL sound system
- Electronic Parking Brake
- 6-way Powered Driver Seat with Adjustable Lumbar Support
- Reclining second-row seats
- Fully Automatic Temperature Control (FATC), among others.
The all-new Safari will be equipped with six airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Disc-Brakes on all four wheels, a system for monitoring the tyre pressures, Perimetric Alarm System, Hill Descent Control, Child Seat ISOFIX, TC, and Hill Hold Control with ESP as standard. The list doesn’t stop here; Tata bets big on safety.
Powertrain & Gearbox
As talked about earlier, Safari will borrow the Fiat-sourced 2.0L Kryotec turbocharged motor capable of producing 170bhp from the Harrier. One can buy the Safari with either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed Torque Convertor. As for its rivals, it goes against MG’s Hector Plus, the current-gen Mahindra XUV 500. However, the competition will only continue to rise when Mahindra launches its next-gen XUV 500, and Hyundai also unveils its seven-seater SUV based on the Creta.
All we can say is that Tata Motors is surely keeping everybody on their toes by making them, and us too, wait for the 2021 Tata Safari, so, the countdown to the 22nd of February has begun!