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The 2021 Tata Safari has been revealed in its final, road-version, with the production of the 7-seat SUV underway ahead of its launch in the coming weeks. Tata Motors announced that it has opted to revive the iconic Safari name with its new flagship SUV, which was previously known to Indian audiences as the Gravitas, having debuted at Auto Expo 2020.
A few official images of the 2021 Tata Safari confirm that while it is quite same as the Gravitas we saw nearly a year ago, it does sport some minor changes on the outside. It’s rocking the Harbour Blue paint shade, coupled with a redesigned front grille, complete with Tata’s signature tri-arrow motifs finished in chrome.
There’s more chrome encasing the split headlight clusters and on the door handles. The alloys of the new Safari, are identical to those seen on the Harrier, with the new Safari also gets a panoramic sunroof.
The new Safari gets roof rails (with silver inserts bearing the Safari inscription), a full rear-quarter glass, a stepped roof and a more upright rear section complete with a new tail-light. To add to this, the Tata Safari is about 63mm longer and 80mm taller than the Harrier, which was needed to allow the Safari to be a seven-seater.
While pictures of the 2021 Tata Safari’s interior are yet to be shared, Tata has confirmed it will have an Oyster White interior theme, and ash wood inserts for the dashboard. In terms of the layout, the Safari’s interior is expected to mirror the Harrier’s, with a floating touchscreen infotainment system taking pride of place on the dash.
In terms of the engine, the new Tata Safari will borrow the 170hp, 2.0-litre Kryotec turbo-diesel engine from the Harrier, as well as its six-speed manual and six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. The company has also stated that the Land Rover-derived Omega architecture, which is the basis of the Tata Safari, is designed to incorporate a four-wheel-drive system and even electrification solutions, with chances of a 4×4 variant in the future.
With production already underway, bookings for the 2021 Tata Safari will commence later this month, and the launch is expected to take place in February.
When it does arrive, we expect the 2021 Tata Safari’s price to be a fair bit higher than that of the Harrier, which currently retails from Rs 13.84-20.30 lakh (ex-showroom). In terms of competition, it will have to face the MG Hector as well as the XUV 500.
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