After being on sale for over a decade, the Tata Safari Dicor has been finally axed.
Tata has pulled the plug on the Safari Dicor as the SUV has been unlisted from the manufacturer’s official website. After being on sale for over a decade, you could say that the Safari Dicor had been a little too long in the tooth and it was about time to retire the old horse. With the Dicor discontinued now, the Safari Storme is the only model that will take the lineage of the “Safari” nameplate forward.
The Tata Safari was launched in 1997, while the Dicor variant came out only in 2005. At the time of the launch back then, the Safari Dicor introduced a new 3.0-litre Direct Injection Common Rail (Dicor) diesel engine and came with updated exterior and interior. In 2007, Tata replaced the 3.0-litre unit with a smaller Euro-IV compliant 2.2-litre Dicor motor, which was more powerful, refined and more efficient. The engine developed 138bhp and 320Nm of torque, and came mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It was available in both 2WD and 4WD.
The Safari Storme is the second-generation model of the SUV that was launched in 2012. Although the Storme was based on an all-new platform, it retained the same 2.2-litre diesel mill from the Safari Dicor. That said, the engine in the Storme was uptuned to deliver more power (148bhp), while the Safari Dicor’s powertrain remained unchanged.
Tata continued to sell the Safari Dicor alongside the new Storme for the last five years, owing to the vehicle’s popularity among consumers. However, over the last couple of years, the Dicor started showing its age and sales slowed down significantly.
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