The Tata Safari is one of Tata Motors’ most iconic products in India. Its original version, which was first released in 1998, is still a fan favorite. This is why Tata decided to reintroduce the Safari in a more modern form. Tata succeeded in 2021, and the new Safari has continued the success story since then. The Safari has lost some of its allure since the launch of the Mahindra XUV700. Tata is working on giving Safari some important updates to help it navigate through this and maintain its momentum. Today, we have some exclusive information about the updates that will be included in the Tata Safari facelift. All of this comes from one of our company’s internal sources. ‘Project Q5MCE’ is the codename for the Safari project. The Q5MCE project is the subject of today’s article.
Tata Safari facelift – Design
The Safari is already attractive from the outside. So, what else does Tata have to offer in terms of design, in your opinion? Since the Harrier facelift will also get the new setup, a new headlamp and grille are expected to be on the way. New alloy wheels and bumpers are also expected. Redesigned tail lamps are also expected to refresh the Safari’s appearance. We’d written a comprehensive, EXCLUSIVE story on the Harrier facelift and everything it might entail. If you missed it, you can find it by clicking the link below.
Tata Safari facelift – New petrol engine
Though diesel remains the preferred fuel in this segment, more and more people are opting for petrol-powered SUVs. The upcoming BS6 Stage 2 norms are the main reason for this. Tata is developing a new petrol engine for the Harrier and Safari to tap into this market. According to sources, the Safari will be powered by a 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine, similar to the upcoming Harrier facelift. For a large car like the Safari, this engine will need to produce at least 150 horsepower. This engine will be available with a manual or automatic transmission from Tata. Because Tata gets its 2.0-liter diesel engine from Jeep, the diesel engine is expected to stay the same (FCA).
In our country, features have become a significant differentiator. The Safari has a lot of features, but it’s let down by a lackluster infotainment system. According to our sources, Tata is working with Harman on a new infotainment system for both the Safari and the Harrier. A 360-degree camera setup will be supported by this infotainment system, which is another must-have in such a large vehicle. Tata will also include some ADAS features in the Safari. Blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, and traffic sign recognition are all expected to be included in the Safari. These features will undoubtedly assist Safari in defeating the XUV700.
Launch and pricing
So, the most important question: when is it going to be released? It is expected to debut in early 2023, according to our source. With the ongoing chip shortage, Tata may have to delay its launch (take this with a grain of salt). In terms of pricing, we anticipate a decrease because the Safari petrol variants will be less expensive than the diesel variants. The Tata Safari facelift is expected to cost around Rs 14 lakh (ex-showroom).
What are your thoughts on the Safari facelift?