The Tata Safari Storme was introduced in 2012, an SUV that carries forward the Safari brand but is an all-new beast underneath. The Storme borrows its underpinnings from the Aria, which is quite a good thing, considering the Aria is one of the most advanced Tata cars ever built. A dding that strong chassis to a otherwise capable SUV, Tata Motors could take on the likes of the Mahindra Scorpio in the indigenous 4x4 SUV battle. The Safari Storme’s prices range from Rs.9.99 to 14.35 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi)
The Safari Storme gets extensive cosmetic changes to the Safari. While the silhouette remains the same, a new headlight design, honeycomb mesh grille and new bumper design makes it look a lot more contemporary. In profile it looks a bit lower than the pre-update car and the rear gets smartly styled taillamps and door design. The Safari Storme bears the same form but looks more modern now.
On the interior front, the dual tone black-silver dashboard looks a lot neater now and the overall quality has also improved significantly. The steering wheel that has been borrowed from the Zest, is a good addition. Seats get better cushioning and overall levels of space are impressive. You continue to get jump seats at the back which is usable only for kids. You sit high and get an excellent view of the surroundings from the cabin of the Safari Storme, which in these days of compact SUVs is a luxury quite a few would like.
The Storme comes with specifications from the Aria. Performance from the Varicor 2.2-litre unit is quite good considering it develops 148PS of power and 320Nm of torque available at as low as 1500rpm. While the engine is torquey, the Safari Storme weighs about two tonnes so the Storme is more of a cruiser than a sprinter. The Strome comes mated to a slightly notchy 5-speed gearbox with tall gear ratios. It however is an impressive mile muncher on long and straight highways. The Storme comes with an ARAI rated mileage figure of 14.1kmpl however expect close to 10-12kmpl in real world conditions. On the safety front, you get the usual drive and passenger airbags and ABS with EBD.
The Safari Storme is a rugged SUV built to take a beating. It comes with a strong diesel engine and offers good interior space for the first and second rows. But it still feels crude in comparison to new age SUVs and mileage figures for the behemoth is on the lower side. Read MoreRead Less
Few changes, Interior, Features
Tata has surely taken steps in the right direction with this upgrade. The ergonomics are a lot better now and so is the interior, but it still isn’t on par with competition.