Less than two weeks ahead of its official launch, Tata has finally commenced production of the all-new Safari at their facility in Pune. First images of the production-spec model have also been released.
After a long wait, Tata has finally released the first images of the all-new Safari. For the uninitiated, the Safari is essentially a 7-seater version of the Harrier. Tata first showcased the car in concept form at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as the Buzzard, and later at the Auto Expo 2020 as the Gravitas. Earlier this month, Tata re-christened the car as the Safari, hoping to capitalise on the iconic name. Tata has also commenced the production of the all-new Safari at their manufacturing facility in Pune, and it is all set for its launch in the weeks to come
In comparison to the Gravitas, the production-spec Safari does sport a few minor changes to the front fascia. The front grille has been mildly reworked, and the headlight surrounds now seem a bit bolder as well. Everything else from the front bumper, side profile, alloy wheels to tail section is exactly identical to the Gravitas. The only other change is the Safari lettering towards the rear end of the roof rails. Tata hasn’t yet revealed the interior of the Safari as yet, but we don’t expect it to be vastly different from the Gravitas. If the Gravitas is anything to go by, the wheelbase of the Safari will be an identical 2,741mm, but it is 63mm longer than the Harrier, primarily to accommodate the third row of seating.
At the heart, the Safari will also come with the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel mill, which churns out 168bhp and 350Nm. This engine will come paired with a 6-speed manual as well as a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic.
The only other competitor to the Safari as of now is the MG Hector Plus, but Jeep and Hyundai are also expected to bring in 7-seat iterations of the Compass and Creta later in the year.