For those who thought that the Safari was to meet a slow death with the introduction of the Aria, think again! Tata Motors is developing a newer version of the Safari and we have the first pictures here.
Not much is known about the new Safari, but to hazard a guess we believe that it will share the platform with the Aria crossover. This will make the Safari more rigid and a better handler than the current example. As a second generation platfrom, the Safari will also be able to liberate more space as is evident with the Aria. Lots of features such as ABS and airbags, automatic climate control as well as cruise control could figure on the new Safari. Importantly new electrics and single touch buttons like the one from the Aria would mean that the Safari will feel more akin to expensive SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Captiva.
Motive power is likely to come from the tried and tested 2.2-litre Dicor common rail diesel engine with near identical torque and power figures to the outgoing model. We also hope to see the Safari turn a tad lighter as well to make it more efficient and bring down its emission figures as one could expect Tata Motors to begin exports of the vehicle to Western Europe not long after its launch in India. With exports to western Europe part of Tata's big push in this decade, expect the Safari to also comply with EuroNCAP crash safety norms. Crucially, we expect Tata Motors to price the SUV competitively to differentiate it from the Aria, yet give it some sort of premium status over the current Safari. Watch this space for more updates!