Tata Motors unveilled the refreshed age old SUV named Safari Storme at the Delhi Expo 2012. The car is set to go on floors from March 2012 in the Indian market competing against a long line-up of SUVs. Tata decided to give the Safari an update as the sales were not up to the mark and with the launch of the XUV 500, competition got stronger. The Safari Storme is the answer to the XUV 500 and we will have to wait and watch how well it is going to perform.
The new Safari Storme looks refreshed with a new face that incorporates a new front grille, projector headlamps, fog lamps and new bumpers. The side profile looks exactly like the older Safari and hence same wheelbase as well. The rear gets an all new revamp that has a straight fifth door profile unlike the older Safari and a major change is that the spare wheel doesnt sit on the rear door, a new set of tail lamps and chrome-finish dual exhaust. The interiors are refreshed not on the equipment level list but on the seating and the material front like beige seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, chrome tip gear lever, wood trim on the dash and a new instrument cluster. Overall the Safari looks very contemporary like a gentleman which not everybody will like but looks are subjective.
Under the hood the Safari Storme get a 2.2L 16-valve common rail DICOR diesel engine that delivers 138bhp and 32,4kgm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission thats currently doing duty on the Aria. The Safari Storme gets a 17-inch Bridgestone 235/65 tyres giving the SUV a tall stance.
So the big question is will the Safari Storme be a strong contender to the XUV 500?