Reports are claiming that Indian automaker Tata is all set to launch a more powerful variant of its flagship Safari Storme SUV. The car received an update recently, sometime in the month of June this year. Prototypes featuring VARICOR 400 have already been spied during road tests on Indian streets. The upcoming Safari Storme will feature a 2.2-litre VARICOR 400 diesel engine, which will come coupled to a new 6-speed manual gearbox. The tweaked power-plant will be capable of delivering an excess of 80Nm of torque and 7bhp over the current unit, which delivers 150PS@4000 RPM in the existing Safari Storme.
The upgrade is also reported to increase the kerb weight of the car by 15kgs and power to 154.8bhp, whereas the torque output will stand at 400Nm. The increase in torque will mean that the driver would have to struggle relatively less, in order to maintain cruising speeds, while the new gearbox might assist with the city driving.
The car will share this power-plant with the company’s upcoming crossover, the Tata Hexa. Speculations also suggest that the car will remain aesthetically unchanged, with exceptions to the VARICOR 400 badging that can be spotted on the sides of the new car. The VARICOR 400 power-plant will only be seen in the top-end VX models and might be available in both 4X4 and 4X2 configurations.The new Safari Storme is expected to be launched sometime in next month, however, no exact date has been confirmed yet.
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Source : CarDekho