Tata Motors has showcased their new Tata Safari Storme at the 2012 Auto Expo. The Safari Storme is based on the Tata Aria platform and has new underpinnings. The size and outward appearance of the SUV, however, remain largely unchanged.
On the outside, the front and rear end of the Safari have been reworked and facelifted. The Storme is shod with 17-inch Bridgestone 235/65 tyres. The car also comes with new projector headlamps, a new power bulge on the hood, a new grille, new tailgate, new chrome-tipped exhaust and aerodynamic spoiler on the rear.
On the inside are a host of new features that make the Safari Storme more premium and livable. The insides are also more spacious now and come with beige seats and a leather wrapped steering wheel. The gear lever gets a chrome tip too, while the dash and door get wood-finish. There is a new instrument cluster as well, and for comfort of the driver and front seat passenger is a lumbar support feature.
Onto the engine, then. The Safari gets a 2.2-litre 16-valve common-rail DiCOR engine that makes 138 bhp and has 32.4 kgm of peak torque on offer. This is mated to a 5-speed gearbox, same as the one on the Tata Aria. This gearbox was upgraded from the one on the older Safari. The car also has rack and pinion steering, dual SRS airbags.
While the car is 85 per cent new, due to the mild changes to the exterior, it does look like all that has happened is a facelift, however.