Tata Motors tried to revive their iconic Safari by launching the new generation SUV in January 2021. The new Safari was supposed to be equally fun to drive and become an icon for this generation of car lovers. The car comes with a diesel engine and has around 11 variants a with manual transmission and 9 variants with an automatic transmission. But there is not a single variant offered with a petrol engine. In this article, we discuss why there is no Tata Safari petrol for sale.
Tata Safari with a Petrol Engine
The price of Tata Safari starts from Rs 18.41 lakh (on-road, Mumbai ) base variant and goes all the way to Rs 28.31 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). Getting a Safari with a petrol engine would make the car cheaper and more people would find it within their budget. The recently launched Mahindra XUV700 comes with both petrol and diesel engine options and the base variant starts from Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Safari with a petrol engine could come at a price tag of around approx Rs 14 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).
Tata Safari is a big car
Tata Safari is a big car and needs more power to pull it. The car is a seven-seater when fully occupied by passengers would feel lacking power with a petrol engine. The car would struggle at times to make its way through steep and gradient roads. Tata Motors has a 1.2-litre petrol engine that would be very small for Safari and would not make any sense of a petrol engine. Tata could add a new 1.6-litre petrol engine on the Safari that could do the job but there is no news on such a engine or any bigger petrol engine that Tata is developing or sourcing for the Safari.
Currently, the Safari comes with a Kryotec 2.0 litre turbocharged engine that produces 168bhp and 350Nm of torque. Tata needs a big 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre petrol engine to take on the job. The car would otherwise lack power for sure with low torque from a petrol engine.
Getting a petrol engine on a Safari would also result in poor mileage. The car at present delivers a mileage of 14.63 to 16.35kmpl. The petrol engine on the Safari would not be able to pull mileage figures to double digits for sure.
These are some of the reasons why the Safari will not be available with a petrol engine. It makes no sense for Tata to invest in a engine just to make the car cheaper in a segment where most buyers want a diesel car for more torque, mileage and lower running costs.
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