Tata Motors is all set to launch the facelifted Safari sometime in October 2023. Recently captured spy photos of the upcoming SUV give a good look at the features and updates of the new model, which will incorporate significant changes, both in terms of aesthetics and features. The homegrown carmaker plans to employ a whole new design language for its flagship Harrier and Safari. The design language of the upcoming Safari is simpered by the upcoming Tata Curvv concept. The previous test mules of the ICE Safari and Harrier facelifts had new alloy wheel designs. And while we had an idea of the all-new Safari's exterior styling, the interior has been seen for the first time, revealing plenty of new details. Let's take a detailed look at what the soon-to-be-launched Tata Safari Facelift will offer in terms of interior features.
Tata Safari Facelift: Interior Details
The cabin of the Safari facelift will be updated, as visible in these spy photos, and will include a new two-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, similar to that of the Curvv concept car and the recently spotted Nexon facelift, both of which are expected to go on sale this year. The Safari may get paddle shifters and an illuminated logo on the steering wheel, similar to the new iteration of the Nexon. The feature on the central console resembling a second screen seems particularly interesting.
According to the leaked patent designs, the disguised area in the test mule may contain touch controls for the HVAC system. The improved gear lever and electronic parking brake are two further interior feature changes that are quite apparent. The updated version of the Safari will probably also come with an infotainment system, fully digital instrument cluster, ADAS, and other safety technologies, similar to those of the Red Dark Edition, which was launched in February this year at Rs 22.61 lakh (ex-showroom). A substantial modification of the gear knob is also apparent – it is considerably smaller and has a style that is similar to the new gear knobs on the Range Rovers.
Tata Safari Facelift: Exterior Design and Powertrain Options
The Tata Safari will receive exterior visual updates, including new headlamps and taillight designs that are connected by an LED bar. A new alloy wheel design will also be included in the Safari facelift. Additionally, the SUV might get an engine boost. It is expected to be powered by a brand-new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine with 170bhp of maximum power.
Besides, the Safari is expected to continue using a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, which produces 170bhp and 350Nm of peak torque. We also believe that the 6-speed manual or Hyundai-sourced automatic transmission choices will continue to be the same.
Tata Safari Facelift: Expected Price and Rivals
The company will begin the production of the updated Safari in September. The current price range for the Safari line-up is Rs 15.64 lakh to Rs 21.01 lakh, but with the added features, expect a modest price increase. Both prices are ex-showroom. Once launched, the Safari will directly compete with the MG Hector Plus and Mahindra XUV700.