Launched in 1998 in Turbo Diesel form, the Safari had 87 PS (64 kW) power. It came with a synchromesh forward five-speed manual gearbox, with a 4X4 option and sported 235/75x15 tyres. However, it was regarded to be grossly underpowered, and had a lot of body roll.
The new Tata Safari DiCOR (DiCOR standing for "Direct Injection Common Rail engine") is powered by a 3000 cc inline-four cylinder engine that develops 116 PS (85 kW) at 3000 rpm and 300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft) of torque between 1600 and 2000 rpm. The engine is taken from the Tata 407, a truck manufactured by Tata Motors. The new engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox, with a new, sporty gear lever. It sported new 235/70X16 tyres and was an all-around betterperformed.
Tata displayed the Euro 4 compliant 2.2-litre DiCOR engine with 140 PS (103 kW) and 320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft) of torque at the 2006 Bologna Motor Show. It was launched on October 5, 2007. It had some improved interior features like two-tone upholstery and leather seats. The high end version of the Safari came with safety features like Dual airbags and ABS with EBD. Additional features like rear AC vents, reversing camera, DVD player with LCD screens in the front seats headrests and dimming lights too were also available as an option. Four-wheel drive options were available on EX, GX and VX variants which, uses a Borg Warner shift on the fly transfer case. It too had 235/70x16 tyres.
India's leading automotive portal CarWale recently did a series of off-road trails on a Tata Safari DiCOR 2.2 4×4. The only modifications done to the Safari were removal of running boards and addition 15 inch rims shod with the older 235/75 R 15 Radial tyres. The off-road performance of the Safari was highly praised by them.
The Safari weighs 1,920 kg (4,230 lb) kerb, adding an extra 110 kg (240 lb) for the 4WD variant. With the DiCOR engine, the 4WD Safari is substantially quicker than the Scorpio or Innova also with a lighter engine under the hood it feels more agile.
Specifications of the Tata Safari 2.2 DiCOR:
|Top speed||180 km/h (112 mph)
(160 km/h as per user manual)
|0 to 100 km/h (62 mph)||15.8 s|
|Engine type||2.2 L VTT DiCOR|
|Power||140 PS (100 kW; 140 hp) @ 4000 rpm|
|Torque||320 N⋅m (240 lb⋅ft) @1700 rpm|
|Cylinder configuration||Inline 4|
|Fuel system||Common Rail direct injection with Variable Turbine Turbo (VTT)|
|Minimum turning radius||6 metres|
|Tyres||235/70 R 16, 105 S|
|Ground clearance||205 mm / 8.07 inches|
The SUV was first released in 1998 with a 2.0-litre turbo I4 Diesel engine. It was later upgrade in 2003 as a part of next improved Versions first EX and then EX2 along with Limited edition roll-out with improved interiors and Mechanics which included Power steering, fuel pump, electricals. By far the TCIC EX2 2003-2006 models were the most reliable and refined TCIC Safari. The Safari was extensively modified in August 2005, which included the addition of a new 3-litre DiCOR engine along with modified interiors and exteriors. This 3-litre engine is the first diesel engine from Tata Motors with common rail technology. A 2-litre petrol engineMPFi was also added to the range that same year. It was this modified version that won the Motor Forum's Car of the Year for 2007, in the SUV category. Voted by the users in India. In October 2007 Tata unveiled the 2.2-litre Safari DiCOR which had an increased power output of 143 PS (105 KW). But it was shortly replaced by the more advanced DiCOR 2.2 VTT (Variable Turbine Technology) engine which had a power output of 140 PS (103 kW) at 4000 rpm and a torque output of 320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft) at 1700 rpm. It is widely regarded as the best engine used by Tata Motors.
Tata recently launched a new variant of safari called Safari GX. The new Safari GX sits just below current top end variant Safari VX. Safari Gx gets dual tone exteriors, unique leather cum fabric upholstery, Reverse Guide System (without a camera which along with the Screen in the Internal Rearview Mirror is only available in the VX variant). Another new feature is indicators on the Outer Rear View Mirrors.
Tata road car timeline, Indian market, 1990s–present
|Crossover utility vehicle (CUV)||Aria|
|SUV||Sierra||Safari TCIC||Safari DiCOR||Tata Safari Storme|