Tata Safari Storme is the premium SUV model from Indian automobile brand, which recently received some minor cosmetic tweaks. Now, the firm has rolled out its most powerful version based on the VX platform only. Powering this is the same 2.2-litre diesel mill, but it is attuned to produce 153bhp of power along with 400Nm of torque. Also, it gets a new 6-speed manual gearbox supporting front wheel drive mechanism. The firm is also planning to roll out its 4WD version in the later stage. Apart from this, all the other features have been retained from its existing variants. All the other trims continue to produce same power and torque. Moving on to its recent updates, it gets a re-treatment to its radiator grille and bumper. The 'Storme' lettering on the chrome strip gets a black color scheme enhancing its classier effect. The insides too gets some refinements in the form of a Java black color scheme highlighted by extensive warm silver accents. The manufacturer has focused on improving the comfort and conveniences to the passengers by adding new set of features to the vehicle. This vehicle gets ultrasonic parking sensors that provides parking aid to the driver on the advanced CONNECTNEXT infotainment screen.
The car maker has made no changes to the variant line-up and it continues to be available in four variants LX, EX, VX. Here, the VX trim comes with front wheel-drive and 4WD options. All the variants are now being offered with remote central locking with flip key, which further enhances the conveniences. On the other hand, this model series is now blessed with a latest generation ABS 8.1 with electronic brake force distribution system that improves the mechanism of braking and contributes for providing a stress-free driving experience. Dual front airbags are given only to the VX grade trims (both 4x2 and 4x4), while side impact beams and engine immobilizer is given as standard for all trims. There are no changes made to its suspension or braking mechanism, but the improvement in its ground clearance will certain add to the driving pleasure. At the same time, its 4x4 version's ESOF (electric shift on fly) function makes it simpler for dealing with terrains and rugged roads. Apart from the base trim, all the other variants are bestowed with disc braking mechanism. This vehicle will be placed against the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster and others in the premium SUV segment. The warranty for this vehicle is up to 3 years or 100,000 kilometers, which can be extended further upto 1 year or 50000 kilometers (whichever is earlier).
The exterior styling of this latest SUV has received some notable updates, while its body structure remains to be the same as earlier. Its radiator grille has undergone some refinements by obtaining a new design, inspired by premium international SUV brands. The company's emblem is placed in the middle of this grille and a chrome strip is placed just above it. This strip is now embodied with black colored 'Storme' lettering that renders it an astonishing look. The headlight cluster too received an update in the form of new projector headlamps featuring 'Polly Ellopsoid System' that distinguishes it from the earlier version. Like its upper grille, its lower grille (air dam) in the front bumper gets a new design with charcoal grey color scheme. Apart from this, all the other aspects of its frontage remains to be the same like the outgoing model. The side profile has body colored ORVMs wherein, its top end versions have them in chrome treatment. It also gets conventional styling features like B pillar styling tape, side claddings and roof rails. Apart from the VX trims, the remaining two variants have been blessed with a sturdy set of steel rims featuring full wheel caps. The rear end too looks to be stylish, thanks to the spoiler integrating third brake light. The tailgate gets a chrome embodiment with 'Tata' lettering on it. The taillight cluster has a conventional design featuring halogen based lamps that includes brake lights, turn indicators and courtesy lamps. Unlike the front bumper, its rear one has a masculine design featuring an integrated foot step. It also houses a pair of reflectors for added safety.
This refurbished version's exterior dimensions also remains to be the same like its earlier version with a total length measuring at 4655mm and a height standing at 1922mm. The total width measures about 1855mm (without side foot steps), but with side foot step, it goes up to 1965mm. This vehicle has a wheelbase of 2650mm and a minimum ground clearance of 200mm.
The internal cabin of Safari Storme has a conventional design blended with a dual tone color scheme. The cabin space it has is perhaps the best in its class. Furnished with captain seats in the cockpit and bench seats in other two rows, this SUV can accommodate a minimum of seven passengers. These comfortable seats are wrapped with fabric upholstery. The elegance of the insides are emphasized by chrome and wood accents. Its cockpit section has an attractive dashboard and is housed with features advanced equipments. Also, it houses a few utility features like a glove box, AC vents and an advanced instrument panel. The steering wheel has an attractive design, which is wrapped with leather and is housed with multi functional switches. The top end variant also has front roof lamp that can be used as a spot reading lamp, which is featured with a delay function. The center fascia has a proficient music system that has a thick surround with a wenge wood finish. However, its mid and entry level variants have brushed aluminum that adds to its elegance. Apart from these, the car maker has given this SUV with various utility features. Those include a cup and bottle holders in front console, front seat back pockets, a large glove box with sun glass holder, analog clock on center console, front seats with lumbar support, an ashtray and much more.
For a pleasurable driving experience, the car manufacturer has bestowed both its variants with a number of highly developed comfort features. The driver seat has height adjustable function along with lumbar support that makes driving rather comfortable. It is equipped with power steering with tilt adjustment function that makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions. It has a manual HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) unit with rear AC vents that regulates the cabin air. It also has dust and pollen filter for purifying the cabin air. The company has blessed the internal cabin with an advanced music system, which supports CD/MP3 player, USB interface, Aux-in port. It also has four speakers that further enhance the ambiance of its cabin. In terms of seating arrangement, the cabin is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are ergonomically designed. These seats provide ample leg space and head room for all passengers. All are covered with premium upholstery, which gives a plus feel while traveling. It has 60:40 split and completely foldable middle row seat that helps in bringing more luggage. Its plush internal trims are almost car like, which helps in creating an ambiance of luxury and space. The seats of all passengers are individual and reclining with adjustable head rest, armrest and seat belts. The cabin is also incorporated with an anti glare interior rear view mirror that adds to the comfort level of driver. While the front windscreen wipers have two speed setting as well. Apart from these, it has a rear wash and wipe function, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, electrically adjustable external rear view mirrors, three position lumbar support for front seats. In addition to these, it is equipped with a number of comfort features like power steering with tilt adjustable function, follow me home headlamps, puddle lamps on front doors, cargo area light, illuminated ignition key slot and window winding switches. Other aspects like remote operated fuel tank lid opener, front and rear cabin lamps, front sun visors and a power steering wheel is available that will enhance the level of comfort. All these features put together will ensure a memorable driving experience for all the passengers in this SUV.
The interiors of this SUV are lavish and can accommodate seven passengers with ease. There is sufficient space for head, legs and shoulders. Also, there is a large boot compartment, whose capacity can be increased by folding the rear bench seat.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
With improved power and smoother gearshift, this updated SUV is now capable of reaching a top speed of approximately 195 Kmph. In the mean time, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph speed mark in about 12 seconds. However, 0 to 100 Kmph pickup rate of the VX trim with a 6-speed gearbox clocks just about 11 seconds.
Engine and Performance
As we all know, recently, the firm has slightly tuned the 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine to produce more power. As a result of modifications, its power output has improved to 148.08bhp at 4000rpm, which is 10bhp extra that previous version. However, the torque remains the same at 320Nm in the range of 1700 to 2700rpm. It is a four cylindered mill with a total displacement capacity of 2179cc and is based on a DOHC valve configuration. This mill is also integrated with a variable turbine technology. For optimum fuel supply, the manufacturer has integrated it with a common rail direct fuel injection system. Its transmission duties are given to a five speed manual transmission gearbox that sends torque output to the front two wheels. However, the top end variant has electronic shift on fly mechanism that releases torque output to all the four wheels. Now, this oil-burner gets some more updates to its specifications. As a result, its can now churn out 153bhp of power and 400Nm of peak torque. However, this updated mill is offered only with the range topper VX trim. Besides these, its transmission has been upgraded to a 6-speed gearbox, that further optimizes the performance.
This SUV is available with just one 2.2-litre diesel engine. Integrated with a common rail direct fuel injection technology, this mill returns a minimum mileage of 8 Kmpl on city roads, while giving away a maximum of 13.2 Kmpl on highways.
Power of Tata Safari Storme
Recently, the manufacturer has tuned its engine and installed a new 260mm diameter based self adjusting clutch that contributes towards improving its power. As a result of this, this mill attained a capability to produce a maximum power of 148bhp. However, its torque output remains the same with 320Nm. Now, some more modifications have been done to this mill that resulted in a power output of 153bhp and a torque of 400Nm.
Stereo & Accessories
The company is offering this model series with an advanced 2-DIN touch screen infotainment system, which is equipped with CD player, radio, USB port, SD card slot and AUX-In connectivity. It also has Bluetooth connectivity for calls and audio streaming and the controls are mounted on steering wheel. It has four speakers for giving premium sound experience throughout their journey. The base variant may lack many features, but buyers can decorate it with exciting aspects like vibrant seat covers, premium quality upholstery, a sophisticated music system, leather covered steering wheel, floor mats, rear parking sensors and many other such features. At the same time, owners can also choose from additional aspects like mud guard, body graphics, rear spoiler, protective cladding, turn indicator on ORVMs and many other such aspects. On the other hand, its exteriors can customize with a few other aspects like roof luggage carrier, roof spoiler, stylish body graphics and a set of alloy wheels.
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Braking & Handling
As for the suspension, its front axle is assembled with an independent double wishbone type including coil springs and shock absorbers. While the rear one gets a 5-link suspension. This SUV has vacuum assisted independent hydraulic braking system that makes handling even more simpler. Both of its front and rear wheels are fitted with ventilated disc brakes. In addition to this, there is an anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) that enhances the braking mechanism. It is blessed with a power adjustable steering wheel, which is quite responsive and makes handling easier.
Safety & Security
The car manufacturer has given this model series a number of protective aspects, which gives the passengers a stress free driving experience. The VX trim is equipped with air bags for driver and front co-passenger that helps to protect in case of any accident. All the variants are fitted with side impact bars on all the four doors and crumple zones, which absorbs the impact during collision to minimize the injuries. It has a seat belt for all passengers that reduce the impact in case any accidents. It also has driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel that helps in keeping the driver alert. The high end trim also gets an ultrasonic reverse guide system that make the parking of this massive vehicle simpler. It has anti lock braking system (ABS) along with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) with independent hydraulic brakes. It also has an engine immobilizer that helps to prevent theft. Apart from these, it also has an anti glare interior rear view mirror, door open warning and headlamp on notification on instrument panel, collapsible steering column, tubeless radial tyres and a few other aspects.
This SUV's top end trim gets a set of stylish 16-inch alloy wheels, while its mid and low end versions are offered with steel rims of same size. They have been wrapped with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 235/70 R16, which provide superior grip on any road conditions.
1. Spacious internal cabin is incorporated with advanced safety and comfort features.
2. The high end trim has 4 wheel drive system that performs better in any road conditions.
3. Modified exteriors make it appearance more attractive.
4. Reliable engine performance is a big plus point.
5. After sales service is quite good and maintenance cost is reasonable.
1. Cost of ownership and maintenance is rather expensive.
2. There is no music system in entry level variant.
3. There is still scope to improve its interior design.
4. Base trim is not fitted with roof mounted rear AC vents, which is a minus point.
5. Fuel economy and acceleration can be made better.
Tata Safari Storme price
|10,46,400 ||10,46,150 ||11,01,393 ||10,56,649 ||10,97,935 ||10,46,781 ||10,65,029
|12,34,958 ||12,38,652 ||12,54,275 ||12,51,806 ||12,48,600 ||12,49,523 ||12,65,594
|VX Varicor 400 |
|13,93,736 ||14,11,706 ||14,35,537 ||14,27,429 ||14,28,871 ||14,14,626 ||14,38,767
|VX 4WD Varicor 400 |
|15,30,774 ||15,51,656 ||15,78,166 ||15,68,295 ||15,70,755 ||15,54,100 ||15,77,448