What way you will call him ‘the king’ or ‘Safari’? Well any ways you do, the name itself is enough to understand what is being talked of. ‘Tata Safari’ is the car which is known to be the epitome of luxury in it’s segment and no doubt, Safari – which was once the largest selling SUV in it’s segment enjoys a very specific customer ground which we know as ‘Safari lovers’. These are the people who religiously buy and drive their Safari not for any other reason, but because it’s the ‘SAFARI’. So now, to increase it’s market coverage, Tata has tried to increase the appeal of this age old but still competent SUV by some folds with the launch of “TATA SAFARI STORME – THE BEAST REFINED”.
In 1998 we Indians hailed the KING with it’s 2.0 TCIC(Turbo charged intercooled) engine, then with passing time came the 3.0l DICOR(Direct injection common rail) which was followed by 2.2 vtt DICOR and the current updation is the STORME. Is this the same old wine in new bottle or they have really improved a lot. Let’s find it out now
- First look at the Storme and for once you may get bowled, there are no more circular shapes, instead you get an all new ‘Land Roverish’ edgy styling, yes there are edges around and nearly everything is changed up front. Start from the headlights which have now got projectors and take a look at the new mesh type grille, which looks really cool.
- Now have a look at that chrome strip above the grill and the way Storme is engraved in the strip is really a very neat touch. As soon as you look up on the bonnet, you find a very neat bulge on the hood and…wait…there is a change down there too. Yes, there are new fog lamps, no more squarish profile ones, instead the circular ones with chrome finishing around looks quite upmarket.
- Overall, high bonnet, edgy design and a high bumper with small overhang give it a PAKKA SUV look.
- Side profile is hidden to none, but then this may be the most disappointing part too. The only changes are a new edgy styling, new door handles and a new skirting, rest all is your old Safari. And yes, don’t forget the character this car has lost after loosing it’s true trademark – ‘the boot mounted spare wheel’.
- Look at the rear and for once you may think that Tata was more interested in giving the car a new rear, someone tell them that we guys are already fed up of looking things with sexy backs and disappointing faces(am talking of cars)!! Okay what you get is new tail lamps, twin exhausts, which are purely a cosmetic touch, boot mounted registration plate and a ‘chrome’ strip too(it looks like Tata loves adding chrome) and yes…NO MORE BOOT MOUNTED SPARE WHEEL!!!! Eh, it sounds like Safari lost it’s “Izzat type gehna” but then, this has given other advantages like the boot door is no more a gymnasium device which can help you build biceps.
Now let the pics speak…
TO be continued....
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