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Launched in 1998 in Turbo Diesel form, the Safari had 87 PS (64 kW) power. It came with a synchromesh forward five-speed manual gearbox, with a 4X4 option and sported 235/75×15 tyres. However, it was regarded to be grossly underpowered, and had a lot of body roll.
The new Tata Safari DiCOR (DiCOR standing for “Direct Injection Common Rail engine”) is powered by a 3000 cc inline-four cylinder engine that develops 116 PS (85 kW) at 3000 rpm and 300 N·m (221 lbf·ft) of torque between 1600 and 2000 rpm. The engine is taken from the Tata 407, a truck manufactured by Tata Motors. The new engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox, with a new, sporty gear lever. It sported new 235/70X16 tyres and was an all-around betterperformed.
An entire new Safari was supposed to be launched in 2011.Tata Motors Limited has officially launched the Second Generation Safari (The new Safari Storme) on 17 October 2012 in India.
These were few of the Rumours and/or available information from media/Mass public before the official Launch:-
The Second generation Tata Safari is based on its sibling Aria’s “X2” platform which has a stronger hydro-formed chassis sections.It will have an upgraded G76-Mark II gearbox. The car is expected to be lighter than the outgoing model to make it more fuel efficient. With European markets in mind, the car has been developed to comply by the EuroNCAP safety norms.
The new facelifted Safari STORME was launched in 2015 featuring a new Land Rover inspired grille, refreshed interiors with silver accents and black theme giving the cabin a modern but classy and upmarket feel. The steering wheel is a new three spoke design as the Tata Zest. There is now a single Din audio system with improved audio output. The power output has been further increased to class leading 150PS (148bhp) making it more drivable.
The Safari is more of a proper SUV and has better offloading capability and those consumers in India who prefer better off road capability than the lesser priced smaller SUVs like Ecosport buy the Tata Safari Storme as well as the Mahindra Scorpio.
Later in 2015, Tata launched Safari STORME with VariCOR 400 engine which is same in capacity as earlier 2.2 VariCOR but with increased torque of 400 Nm and increased power of 154 bhp. Also the VX variant comes with a newly developed 6-speed manual gearbox.