Tata Motors has launched the new Safari SUV as we perform a thorough comparison with the old model. The Safari initially made a strong impact in our market upon its introduction. Nonetheless, due to growing competition in its segment, it has witnessed a reduction in its market share. Moreover, the outgoing model has remained largely unchanged for quite some time. That is why the new facelift model has created a frenzy in the market. Tata Motors has ensured that the new model looks the part from the outside, as well as inside. Let us compare it with the outgoing version.
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New Tata Safari vs Old Model – Price Comparison
Tata has announced the prices of the manual variants only. They range from Rs 16.19 lakh to Rs 25.49 lakh, ex-showroom. The automatic model will boast a significant premium over these. On the contrary, the last-gen model used to retail between Rs 14.69 lakh and Rs 21.45 lakh, ex-showroom. Note that these were the introductory prices in 2021. Later on, Tata Motors added a lot of new variants at higher price points. Hence, there will be a considerable difference after the prices of the top automatic trim become available.
|Price Comparison||New Tata Safari||Old Tata Safari|
|Base Model||Rs 16.19 lakh||Rs 14.69 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 25.49 lakh||Rs 21.45 lakh|
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New Tata Safari vs Old Model – Specs Comparison
One thing that has not changed in either the Tata Harrier or Safari since day one is the powertrain. It still continues to the get same Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Kryotec turbo diesel engine which generates a decent 170 PS and 350 Nm of peak power and torque. The transmission duties are carried by either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission. That has remained the same. Still, we might see a more accessible 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine on the Harrier and Safari siblings in the coming months.
|Engine||2.0-litre turbo diesel|
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The major part of the facelift is due to the new-age features and amenities on offer. We know that people are attracted to comfort, connectivity, safety and convenience features. Keeping that in mind, the Indian auto giant has loaded the Safari with the latest tech. This includes things like a massive 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, touch-sensitive HVAC controls, connected car tech features, textured dashboard with colour matching the exterior, dual-zone climate control, ambient LED lighting, a colossal Panoramic sunroof, a new four-spoke steering wheel with illuminated Tata logo, a 360-degree camera, ADAS features for active safety, a 5-star safety rating at the Global NCAP with highest scores for any car on sale in India, hill-hold assist, 7 airbags, three-point seatbelts with reminders for all passengers, new drive selector, rotary knob for drive modes and more.
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The outgoing model also had some pretty interesting features. These include a large Panoramic Sunroof with an anti-pinch function, Reclining Second Row Seats, Ambient Mood Lighting, Automatic Temperature Control, a Cooled Storage Box, and a 6-way Powered Driver Seat with adjustable lumbar support. On the tech front, there is an 8-inch Floating Island Touch Screen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 9-speaker JBL audio system, an Instrument Cluster with a 7-inch Coloured TFT Display, Voice Recognition and Bluetooth connectivity. Then there is the connected car tech from Tata Motors called the iRA (Intelligent Real-time Assist) with functions like Geo and time-fencing, Valet Mode, Live Tracking, Intrusion Alert, Live Vehicle Diagnostics, Drive Pattern Analysis, Remote Commands, Over-the-air updates and much more.
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Apart from the interior and features, the Safari also looks new from the outside. Tata has not gone overboard with flashy design elements. But there are enough changes to make it look premium and distinctive in comparison to the old model. The most eminent aspects include a split-LED headlamp cluster on the bumper and full-width LED light bars connecting the LED DRLs on the bonnet with signature welcome function, elegant 19-inch alloy wheels, attractive inserts on the front grille, a rugged bumper, black side pillars for that floating roof effect, practical roof rails, connected LED taillamps with a wraparound effect, brake lights on the rear bumper and a shark fin antenna. It will definitely make heads turn while it is on the road.
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On the other hand, the old model also boasted an imposing road presence. The front end resembles the Harrier with the LED DRLs on the bonnet, the Xenon HID Projector headlamp unit on the bonnet and the chrome tri-arrow marking on the front grille. The side profile lets you know the length and the typical silhouette of the Safari with the stepped-up rear roof and roof rails. The large 18-inch machined alloys make the SUV look bold and muscular. The rear looks sporty with LED tail lamps connected by a blacked-out glass housing. Overall, the flagship offering from Tata Motors does look premium enough from the outside. Hope this new vs old Tata Safari comparison will inform you about all the changes and similarities.