What is it?

We have acknowledged it as the Tata H7X. We have acknowledged it as the Tata Buzzard. We have acknowledged it as the Tata Gravitas. But the substantially-awaited three row variation of the Harrier is eventually set to go on sale as the all-new Tata Safari. Tata Motors executives say this SUV was constantly envisioned to carry back again the Safari moniker. The small name sport was to preserve the magic formula from getting out too quickly.

Social media commenters have had sturdy opinions on the applicability of the famous Safari name to a front-wheel travel, monocoque SUV but we’ll shut out the noise and see the SUV for what it is.

What is it like on the outdoors?

And what it is straight away identifiable as, at least from up front, is a spinoff of the Tata Harrier. The break up headlamp arrangement is shared and the only genuine variation is the new, chrome-completed tri-arrow pattern for the Safari’s grille.

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The style up front is nearly similar to that of the Harrier, save for the new chrome grille.


From other angles, even though, you will not slip-up 1 for the other. Created to accommodate a 3rd row of seats, the Safari athletics a increased roofline, a lengthier rear overhang, functions a complete-measurement rear quarter glass, and the tail-close is additional upright too. Even the tail lights, even though related in therapy, are distinct.

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At the rear, the Safari a complete-measurement rear quarter glass, a stepped roof style and a additional upright tailgate.


Introducing some taste to the Tata are its chunky roof rails that are styled to recommend a stepped roof, fairly of a trademark component on the original Safari. In proportions, the new Safari is 80mm taller and 63mm lengthier than a Harrier, even though width and wheelbase are unchanged. All in all, the new Safari has a good stance that’s only helped by the 18-inch diamond reduce alloy wheels. Curiously, when the rims are a measurement up on the Harrier’s, they are of the very same style.

What is it like on the inside of?

Within, matters are familiar. If you’ve got been powering the wheel of a Tata Harrier, you are going to straight away really feel at dwelling in the Tata Safari. The wise-looking dashboard is typical to the two versions but what brings in the necessary difference on the leading-spec Safari is its Oyster White inside concept. Positive, the cabin looks actually upmarket as a consequence but potential buyers with a fetish for spotlessness will actually battle to preserve the light leatherette seats thoroughly clean. A welcome inclusion on the leading-spec Safari is the quick-to-use digital parking brake that comes in put of the cumbersome thrust lever-like guide handbrake.

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The dashboard style and layout is related to the harrier, even though the inside now will get a Oyster White concept.


Just as on the up-to-date Harrier, you get a dominating see of the road and substantially of what you touch inside of is significant good quality. Panel in shape is also substantially improved from the initial of the Harriers but some ergonomic challenges persist. For occasion, the centre console fouls with the driver’s remaining knee. You’d also wish Tata up-to-date the infotainment method. The eight.eight-inch touchscreen looks a little bit little by present-day criteria and even matters like the rear see digicam could have viewed a handful of additional pixels included.

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The eight.eight-inch touchscreen infotainment method looks a little bit little and dated by present-day criteria. 


On the furthermore side, the functions listing is prolonged and is headlined (pretty virtually so) by a panoramic sunroof, a sweet-sounding JBL seem method and a driven driver’s seat. Tata has also incorporated linked tech that allows you remotely preserve an eye on your car or truck, but there’s no wireless charging onboard. 6 airbags and hill-descent management are exclusive to the leading-spec XZ+ versions but it is commendable that ESC is normal in shape.

What is it like on area and convenience?

It’s when you transfer to the middle row that you’ll sense a connection concerning Safaris previous and new. Like the original, the new Safari athletics theatre-like seating in which the second row seats are positioned increased than the ones up front. This elevated seating will get you superb visibility not only out of the side home windows but the front windscreen as very well. As normal, the Safari will get 7 seats with a bench-kind middle row. Seat convenience is fantastic and the marginally increased H place (relative to the Harrier) has translated to a place-on seating situation. The Safari also goes 1-up on the Harrier with the choice to slide the 60:forty seats back again, and if you want even additional area a ‘Boss mode’ lever allows you adjust the co-driver’s seat from the back again.

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The second row seats are exceptionally comfortable and their means to be slid back again provides to the convenience.


Also on provide on leading-spec Safaris is a six seat choice that brings in captain’s chairs for the middle row. These seats are superbly cushioned, boast a broad selection of adjustment (there’s Boss manner too) and a fold-down armrest is incorporated as very well. It’s just that passengers with larger frames will uncover the seats are not the widest around. What is also missing are sunblinds for the rear home windows and finding the USB slots around the centre tunnel is pretty the job.

Switching concentration to the 3rd row, the information is very good. Obtain to the rear-most portion of the cabin is through the narrow passage concerning the captains’ chairs or, in the situation of the 7 seater Safaris, from the kerb side middle row seat. This seat’s 1 touch system for fold and tumble, and the damped procedure is amazing but the aperture isn’t all that huge so you will have to contort a little bit to get to the 3rd row.

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When access to the 3rd row is not the most effective, the seating situation and area on provide is really very good. 


As soon as in put, you’ll value the area on provide. Common-sized older people will be ready to uncover a joyful legroom compromise with the middle row passenger and even the seating situation is not as knees-up as in typical 3rd rows. The comparatively huge home windows assistance the sensation of area even though the air-con vents positioned on the sill appear like an afterthought. Tata has done very well, nevertheless, to pack in blower management and 2 USB charging slots for the last row.

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With all seats up, there is only 73 litre of boot area on provide. 


Traveling with a complete household does, unfortunately, signify no area for luggage. Lifting the hefty, manually operated tail gate is a job and isn’t value the exertion specified the mere 73 litres on provide. You can break up and fold the 3rd row seats to absolutely free up additional luggage area when you want. The middle row seats on seven seat versions can also be folded flat to build a huge cargo bay.

What is it like to travel?

The Tata Safari makes use of the very same 170hp, 2.-litre, four-cylinder diesel motor as the Harrier, and is provided with the very same 6-velocity guide and automated transmissions too. Unsurprisingly, the driving encounter is incredibly related too. There is very good power but in the situation of the guide you have to contend with a hefty clutch that’s not progressive sufficient and gears that want some exertion to slot. 

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The 2.-litre Kryotec turbo-diesel motor makes 170hp and 350Nm. 


Without the need of a question, it is the Safari automated that is the 1 to obtain. The Fiat-sourced diesel motor branded Kryotec one hundred seventy by Tata works most effective with the Hyundai-sourced 6-velocity torque converter automated transmission. The gearbox is very well in-tune with the engine’s traits, gearshifts are timely and sleek and it is also responsive sufficient to guide shifts through the equipment lever. As just before, the motor does groan and moan when you load it and seems a little bit gravelly when beginning out but matters settle down swiftly sufficient. What you’ll like is the broad distribute of power and how effortlessly the motor brings the huge Safari up to velocity. Driving modes, particularly Eco, Metropolis and Activity, that change power also assistance fine-tune the driving encounter.

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Original timing runs recommend the Safari’s performce is on par with that of the lesser Harrier.  


Conversing effectiveness, our speedy timing runs did expose the Safari, that’s heavier by 75kg, to be just as brisk as the Harrier. What the Safari feels like with a complete load of passengers is one thing we’ll place to the test quickly. On the subject, Tata has beefed up the Safari’s braking method to offer with the increased gross excess weight. The Harrier’s rear drum brakes have created way for discs and resultantly the Safari does drop velocity additional proficiently. That explained, the chunk place is too low on the prolonged vacation brake pedal and this can be disconcerting in panic braking scenarios. 

Tata could have also labored on the Safari’s steering. It’s a touch on the heavier side at low speeds and is also vulnerable to kickback. At increased speeds, there’s an inconsistency too – the slack at the straight in advance situation is followed by an overtly sharp response. What you will like is the relieve with which the Safari can deal with huge distances. It feels confident even if it is not pretty as very well tied down as, say, a Jeep Compass. Notably, Tata has tweaked the suspension for included load and the marginally softer setup has enhanced low velocity bump absorption. The Safari actually does make light operate of potholes and poor roadways, and it is in configurations as this that the Tata’s difficult create shines via. Really do not forget, there is some Land Rover DNA in the Safari’s underpinnings.

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The Safari’s softer suspension setup signifies it rides very well over poor roadways and potholse. 


Now for the elephant in the area. Is the new Safari, Safari sufficient when there are no roadways? With its monocoque design, and front wheel travel layout, it is a radical departure from script to the previous entire body-on-frame and 4×4 product. Frankly, any soul-seeking missions to ‘reclaim your life’ just cannot be too excessive. For its element, the Safari does get ‘Wet’ and ‘Rough’ Terrain Response modes and ground clearance is sufficient to deal with a moderate trail. Tata claims it will glimpse at an all-wheel travel choice if there’s ample desire.

Should you obtain 1?

Likely to be priced concerning Rs fifteen-21 lakh (ex-showroom), the Safari will command a premium of about Rs one lakh over the Harrier. The Safari goes up versus the MG Hector Furthermore, and will also see new competitors from the new Mahindra XUV500 and 7 seat Creta over the yr. 

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The new Safari is appealing, plush and very well equipped, and with a truly useable 3rd row is it can make a persuasive situation for itself. Positive, it is not a versatile 4×4 as the original Safari was but see it as the three-row SUV for the loved ones that it is, and you’ll uncover that Tata’s new flagship scores where it issues.

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