First Drive: Tata Safari 2021
- Feb 1, 2021
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Tata Motors has officially brought back the Safari moniker in the form of a three-row, 6- / 7-seater family SUV based on the Harrier. While bookings will commence on February 4, with a launch later in the month, the carmaker has revealed the Safari will be offered in the same six variants as the Harrier: XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ, and XZ+. Here’s what you’ll get in each variant of the new Safari:
Starting with the base XE, like all other variants, it’ll be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that develops 170PS of power and 350Nm of torque, with front wheel drivetrain. Standard equipment includes projector headlamps with DRLs, roof rails, power windows, all disc brakes, 60:40 split and reclining second-row seats, third-row AC vents, USB charger for the second and third row, and a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel. Safety kit consists of dual front airbags, ESP, hill hold control, traction control, ABS + EBD, corner stability control, rear parking sensors, and central locking,
Despite being a well equipped variant, there are some clear misses such as an infotainment system, auto climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, connected car tech, more airbags, as well as more interior upholstery options.
The next Safari variant provides a decent step up in features over the base variant and is also the entry-level automatic trim. That being said, it lacks bits like a bigger touchscreen infotainment system, more premium audio system, mood lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED DRLs, connected car tech, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, push button start-stop, as well as a panoramic sunroof. Here’s a closer look at what it gets over the XE variant:
Drive modes: Eco, City and Sport.
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Six speakers (4 speakers + 2 tweeters).
Front fog lamps.
Rear parking sensor with display.
Rear wiper washer.
Remote central locking.
Height-adjustable driver’s seat.
Electronically adjustable ORVMs.
Moving upwards in the Safari’s lineup, the XT variant gets various additional features over the XM. But it still doesn’t get a bigger touchscreen infotainment system, a 320w 9-speaker JBL audio system, HID projector headlamps, more airbags, a 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, more interior upholstery options and electronic parking brake with auto-hold function. That being said, the XT+ trim adds in a panoramic sunroof. Here’s more about the features it adds over the XM variant:
Soft-touch dashboard with anti-reflective ‘Nappa’ grain top layer.
Eight speakers (4 speakers+ 4 tweeters).
Automatic climate control with HVAC.
LED DRLs with turn indicators.
Rain sensing wipers.
Electrically foldable ORVMs.
Rear armrest with cup holders.
Height adjustable driver seat with lumbar support.
Push button start.
18-inch alloy wheels.
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
iRA connected car tech.
Reverse parking camera.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The XZ/XZA is just one step below the top-spec Safari variant, and it gets a host of features over the variant below it. The only things missing here are a panoramic sunroof and a 6-seater captain seat option. Here’s a closer look at what this variant offers:
Xenon HID projector headlamps.
Front fog lamps with cornering function.
White interior color theme.
Benecke Kaliko White leather seat upholstery and door pad inserts.
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob.
Terrain modes : Normal, Rough and Wet.
8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Nine JBL Speakers (4 speakers + 4 tweeters and subwoofer) with amplifier.
Shark fin antenna.
7-inch instrument cluster with colour TFT display.
Six airbags (driver, co-driver, side and curtain).
Hill Descent Control.
6-way powered driver’s seat.
Electronic parking brake with auto-hold.
18-inch machined alloy wheels.
We finally head to the creme de la creme of the Safari with the XZ+ variant which is also available with a 6-speed automatic gearbox option. Although it’s not exactly a big step up from the variant below it, it is likely to carry a minor premium in pricing. Feature additions come in the form of a panoramic sunroof and the option of the 6-seat captain seat layout.
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