The facelifted version of Tata's popular SUV model, Storme has entered the Indian car market. Its top end variant Tata Safari Storme VX now includes a few new features in terms of interiors and exteriors as well. The roomy cabin is now decorated with Java Black color scheme, while the addition of silver accents further adds to its elegance. The new multi-functional steering wheel on dashboard is mounted with audio controls, whereas its seats look slightly different with contrast stitching. The main highlight is the integrated ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman, which ensures the best entertainment to its occupants. On the outside, it gets a new honeycomb front grille with lettering of vehicle's name on the bonnet and roof rails too are revised a bit. This robust vehicle carries the same 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine but it now delivers 148bhp power, which is 10bhp more than the outgoing model. This DOHC based motor is paired with a five speed manual transmission gear box. As far as safety is concerned, it includes ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer, child safety locks, door open warning and many other significant aspects that guarantee maximum protection.
Its robust look and stunning design is what makes it one of the most favorite SUV's of Indian car enthusiasts. The redesigned radiator grille at front remains to be its main attraction. The design of this honeycomb grille is inspired by the premium international SUV brands. The name of this vehicle is embossed on the bonnet in attractive black color, which further adds to its aggressive look. A couple of wipers are fitted to its windshield, which is pretty large in size. The bumper comes along with an air dam as well as a pair of clear lens fog lamps. On the sides, it has stylish outside rear view mirrors with chrome plating, B-pillars as well as side claddings. The wheel arches are equipped with a modish set of 16 inch alloy wheels that are covered with 235/70 R16 sized tubeless tyres. Besides these, aspects like door handles, roof rails, and side steps give a complete look to its side profile. Its rear end is designed in a splendid way with some remarkable features like a spoiler integrated with LED stop lamp, and chrome garnished tail gate with company's name engraved on it. Moreover, it comes with a well designed tail light cluster, while chrome finished dual exhaust pipes further gives an impressive look to its rear end.
This trim has received minor changes in terms of interiors like Java Black color scheme to its spacious cabin that is accompanied by warm silver deco finisher. Black fabric upholstery is used to cover all its seats, which come integrated with headrests. The cockpit features a soft touch dashboard with silver accents on some of the equipments integrated to it. The stylish instrument includes two digital tripmeters, analog tachometer and displays a few notifications. It also includes a high volume glove box compartment with illumination, while the silver garnished center console is equipped with air conditioning unit and a music system as well. A cigarette lighter in front console and a total of three auxiliary sockets are offered. In addition to all these, the cabin also includes assist grips, armrest for driver and co-passenger, spot reading lamps, air vents and a few storage spaces as well.
Engine and Performance:
The automaker has incorporated it with a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine that is compliant with Bharat Stage IV emission norms. This motor is capable of displacing 2179cc and integrated with a common rail direct injection system. It has four cylinders, 16 valves and is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It can churn out a peak power of 148bhp at 4000rpm and at the same time, generates a maximum torque output of 320Nm in the range of 1700 and 2700rpm. This mill is coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box that sends engine power to its front wheels. It gives a mileage of nearly 11.57 Kmpl and attains a top speed of about 160 Kmph. The approximate time taken by this vehicle to cross the 100 Kmph is 15.8 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
In terms of braking, the front wheels of this trims are fitted with ventilated discs, while the rear ones are equipped with solid disc brakes. Its suspension system is also quite proficient, which comprise of a double wishbone with shock absorber affixed on its front axle and a five link rigid axle suspension on the rear one. These are further loaded with coil springs that makes for a smooth drive. Handling of this vehicle is best ensured by its rack and pinion based steering system that comes with hydraulic power assistance. It supports 10.8 meters minimum turning circle radius and aids in easy maneuverability.
A number of comfort features are offered in this top end variant that gives an enjoyable driving experience. To begin with its seats, they offer very good support and comfort all through the drive. The front seats have 3-position lumbar support, while the driver's seat additionally gets height adjustment function. Meanwhile, the 60:40 split folding facility to the second row seat helps to bring in more luggage. One can adjust the cabin temperature accordingly through the advanced HVAC unit. It has all four power windows along with express down feature, while the outside mirrors are electrically adjustable. Another interesting aspect is the integrated ConnectNext music system by Harman, which is operated through controls mounted on the steering wheel. Apart from these, it also has remote central locking with flip key, electrically operated remote fuel flap, master light switch, ultrasonic reverse guide system with graphical display in music system LCD screen and many others in the list.
On the safety front, this variant is offered with some vital features that gives high level of security to its passengers throughout the journey. Some of these include ABS with EBD, side impact bars, door open and key out warning for headlamps-on, airbags for driver as well as co-passenger. Other aspects such as crumple zones, engine immobilizer, child safety locks and seat belt unfastened warning further adds to the safety quotient.
1. Spacious interiors and impressive external aspects.
2. Numerous comfort features are offered.
1. Mileage is not up to the mark.
2. Safety standards can be further improved.