Took TD of the Storme at Tata Motors,South Ex,Delhi today.
The things I absolutely loved :-
*Good all round, confidence inspiring, field of view with almost nil blind spots.
*Commanding high seating position
* Induction of the Urban Bronze colour (the brown in all the poster pics, just love that colour for the SUV)
*Metal fenders above cladding on the front,sides and not just fiber.
*Performance looks delicious at least on paper with 140,320 numbers.
*Unbelievably tight turning radius
*Reminds me of the historic unchallenged Safari I loved and loathed, growing up.
*Switch on fly proper 4X4 with 4H and 4L
Things I wish were better
)Seat flexibility: Found wanting, even after the middle row folded (only left seat folds down and lifts up)
)Steering still looks loyal to the Tata family.I miss steering mounted controls and a plusher feel sorely
)Instrument cluster and center console looks dated and not living up to the price tag.
)No cruise control(come on..really TATA?)
)still paranoid of TATA A.S.service
The Top end variant with 4x4 was quoted at 13.66 lacs ex showroom NCR
TML seems to be aggressively marketing this as a true blue adventurer vehicle and not just another softroader as is evident from the screaming THE REAL SUV tagline and possible target customers in their mind is pretty clear after one sees the videos posted a few posts earlier.
With the Storme marching into the XUV price segment IMHO the only thing that flips the scales in favour of Storme is perhaps its offroader avatar against the AWD soft roading Mahindra. For most if us who cannot afford a second car just for recreational offroading besides a daily use car,the wait for that juicy middle path car which you can drive to work everyday and take it anywhere (and I mean anywhere) on weekend or holiday has been long and disappointing.
The Storme does tick the right boxes for someone fitting above description.While I dont see Storme upsetting the XUV overall but will definitely find some takers for the above reason. And if they are true to their commitment of giving 4x4 on order to the lower end variant also, it will be music to our ears.
I was planning to book the XUV w8 for the New Year.As much as I would ve loved the AWD its out of my budget.I was always worried that I might not be able to take the XUV W8 everywhere and anywhere I wanted including the occasional offroading due to the lack of a real 4x4 drive train. Even if i save up n and stretch to the AWD my situation will improve only marginally as it would still not be a true blue adventure tourer.
Tata Safari storme now promises me that part of go anywhere. With the top end storme 4x4 costing about 15.5 lacs OTR for me in NCR , its the same price bracket as my XUV choice. The choice boils down to whether to go for storme and live my touring dreams or stick with the XUV and enjoy the long highway cruises at super comfort and revel in its multiple page feature list.It will also permit me to do only softroading but Ill have t live with that.
Ive decided to wait a few months and see how the storme performs and how the Tata service holds up to this new challenge.After all I owe that much to my child hood sweetheart