The Safari is one product that has defined Tata Motors’ legacy in India. Its original version which was first launched in 1998 is still a favourite among enthusiasts. This is the reason why Tata decided to bring back the Safari in a modern avatar. Tata achieved this in 2021 and since, the new Safari has continued the success story. However, the launch of the Mahindra XUV700 has taken some charm away from the Safari. To navigate through this and further strong its momentum, Tata is working on giving some important updates to Safari. Today we have some exclusive information about the updates that the Tata Safari facelift would come with. All of this comes from one of our internal sources within the company. The Safari project is codenamed ‘Project Q5MCE’. In today’s article, we talk about the Q5MCE project.
The Safari already comes with a dashing exterior design. So according to you, what more can Tata offer in terms of design? A new headlamp and new grille is expected to be on its way since the Harrier facelift too will be getting the new setup. Moreover, we expect new alloy wheels and new bumpers. Reworked tail lamps are also expected to give the Safari a fresh appeal. We had written a detailed, EXCLUSIVE story on the Harrier facelift and everything that it could come with. In case you missed it, check it by clicking on the link below.
New petrol engine
Though diesel continues to remain a priority in this segment, more & more people are looking to opt for petrol-powered SUVs as well. The major reason behind this is the upcoming BS6 Stage 2 norms. To tap into this user base, Tata is working on a new petrol engine for the Harrier and Safari. According to sources, a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit will power the Safari, similar to the upcoming Harrier facelift. This engine will need to produce atleast 150bhp for a big car like the Safari. Tata will offer this engine in manual and automatic transmission options. The diesel engine is expected to remain the same since Tata sources the 2.0-litre diesel unit from Jeep (FCA).
Tata Safari facelift – Better off-roader
The Tata Safari is more of an urban SUV, but still, Tata is looking to give it better off-roading capabilities. According to sources, Tata is working towards an improved suspension setup on the Safari. This new suspension setup will be focused towards improving the Safari’s off-roading capabilities. This will be a step in the right direction, considering the legacy of the original Safari. The re-tuning of the suspension.
Features have become an important USP in our country. The Safari comes with a decent amount of features, but is let down by a small infotainment system. Our sources have confirmed that Tata is working with Harman to make a new infotainment system for the Safari as well as the Harrier. This infotainment system will support a 360-degree camera setup, another must-have in such a big car. Tata will also give the Safari some ADAS features. We expect features like blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist and traffic sign recognition to make their way to the Safari. These features will surely help Safari to take on the XUV700 in a much better way.
Tata Safari facelift – Launch and pricing
So onto the most important question, when is it launching? According to our source, it is expected to see a launch in early 2023. Though (take it with a pinch of salt), Tata might have to delay its launch with the ongoing chip shortage. In terms of pricing, we expect the pricing to drop since the Safari petrol variants will be priced below the diesel variants. The Tata Safari facelift could start from somewhere around Rs 14 lakh (ex-showroom).
What do you think of the Safari facelift? Will it be able to snatch some more sales from the Mahindra XUV700? Let us know in the comments.
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