Launched in early 2021, the third-gen Tata Safari has faced stiff competition from the Mahindra XUV700. Now, a facelift could make things easier for this flagship
Tata Motors resurrected the Safari moniker with the launch of a Harrier-based 6/7-seater model. The SUV came out in February 2021 and was soon to find many customers. However, the advent of the Mahindra XUV700 pretty much stole away the limelight from this flagship. Now, though, the homegrown carmaker seems to be working on an early facelift to give the Safari another go at cracking the D-SUV segment.
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2022 Tata Safari Facelift Styling
The uncommissioned concept gives the flagship SUV a tougher look courtesy minor cosmetic updates on the front-end. These small changes come together pretty well to give the SUV a fresher as well as a bolder look. So far, the designer has only rolled out illustration of the front-end. Up front, the 2022 Tata Safari facelift comes with black plastic housing for the headlamps and the foglamps. The plastic insert merges seamlessly with the bumper and gives the bumper a tougher look. The honeycomb grille has lost the Tata logo but gets an applique with embossed branding. Other than these, the front-end remains the same. However, the two updates lend the fascia a tougher look.
The side profile and the rear-end of the vehicle are yet to be imagined. However, the side profile could get a new set of alloy wheels. The rear-end is expected to get new taillights and a tweaked bumper. The interior is likely to stay mostly unchanged. The features list, though, could be updated to match Mahindra XUV700. 2022 Tata Safari facelift will likely get ADAS along with a few more features. The rest of the equipment will be carried over. The highlights here will include 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, rain-sensing wipers, panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps, and more.
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Launch of Petrol Variant
So far, the Tata Harrier and Safari have been available only with a diesel engine. However, the updated model should come even with a petrol engine option. Currently, the 2.0-litre oil-burner outputs 170 PS and 350 Nm. The petrol variant will feature a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 150 PS and 250 Nm. Like the diesel engine, the petrol model will be offered with two transmission options – 6-speed MT and Hyundai-sourced 6-speed AT.