Bookings for the all-new Tata Safari will commence on February 4, before the SUV launches later in the month. The Safari is the production-spec version of the Tata Gravitas, which was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, and is now the carmaker’s flagship SUV offering in India.
Safari to be available in six variants
Safari shares its platform with the Harrier, though it is longer and taller
It comes with a 170hp, 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine and manual and automatic gearbox options
2021 Tata Safari XE
Dual front airbags
Rear disc brakes
Rear parking sensors
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
60:40 split, folding and recline second sow seats
Boss mode - a button that moves the front passenger seat forward from the rear
50:50 split folding third row
AC vents and controls in third row
Charging ports in the second and third rows
2021 Tata Safari XM/XMA
Front fog lamps
Remote cenral locking
Drive modes for the engine
7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Steering mounted controls
Driver's seat height adjust
Power adjustable wing mirrors
2021 Tata Safari XT
Tyre pressure monitor
Auto-dimming inside rear view mirror
Rear parking camera
Automatic climate control
Auto headlights and wipers
18-inch alloy wheels
Power folding and adjustable wing mirrors
Keyless entry and go
Ambient mood lighting
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
iRA connected car tech
Rear centre armrest
2021 Tata Safari XT+
2021 Tata Safari XZ/XZA
Side and curtain airbags
Electronic parking brake
ISOFIX child seat mounts
18-inch machined alloy wheels
Xenon HID headlights
Front fog lights with a cornering function
Terrain Response Modes
8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment screen
9-speaker JBL audio system
7.0-inch digital display in the instrument cluster
6-way power adjustable driver's seat
2021 Tata Safari XZ+/XZA+
New colour options include a Royal Blue finish; the white and grey options available with the Harrier wil also be on offer, among others that have yet to be announced.
New Tata Safari design and platform
The second-gen Tata Safari shares its Omega Arc platform with the smaller Harrier SUV, though, it is 63mm longer and 80mm taller than the Harrier (to accommodate the extra row of seats). The Safari also has some commonalities with the Harrier in terms of its design, as the front end of the two SUVs are quite similar. However, when viewed from the side and rear (from the C-pillar onwards), the Safari differentiates itself with its larger rear overhang, stepped roof design and larger 18-inch alloy wheels on higher variants.
Other design changes include the roof rails with silver inserts carrying the Safari inscription, a large rear-quarter glass (for third row occupants) and a more upright rear section, with a new tailgate and revised tail-lights.
New Tata Safari engine gearbox
Under the hood, the new Tata Safari features the same 2.0-litre Kryotec turbo-diesel engine producing 170hp and 350Nm as in the Harrier. Gearbox options are also the same as the Harrier, as Tata offers both the 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque convertor automatic with the Safari.
The new Safari uses the Land Rover-derived Omega architecture, which is designed to incorporate a four-wheel-drive system and even electrification solutions. This could mean a 4x4 variant of the new Safari could join the line-up at a later date.
New Tata Safari interiors
On the inside, the biggest talking point is the three rows of seats offered with the new Safari. As we previously reported, the second-gen SUV comes with both 6-seat and a 7-seat layout, with the former getting a bench-seat setup in the middle row and the latter getting captain’s seats.
The interior also features a new black and beige interior theme, giving it a more upmarket appearance. Though, besides the new theme, the rest of the interior design and layout is very similar to the Harrier.
New Tata Safari rivals
In terms of competition, the 2021 Tata Safari will take on other 7-seat models such as the MG Hector Plus and the current-gen Mahindra XUV500. It’s worth mentioning that later in the year, the segment will heat up with the arrival of the next-gen Mahindra XUV500, as well as Hyundai’s new 7-seat Creta-based SUV.