Tata has commenced the development and testing of all-new versions of the Harrier and Safari, slated to hit the market before the festive season. A recent sighting of the test mules for the upcoming all-new Tata Safari has revealed several new details, confirming the inclusion of cool new features and design highlights in the SUV’s new version.
Regarding the possible exterior changes, the new Tata Safari will feature design updates similar to the Harrier EV concept displayed at the Auto Expo 2023. The test mule spotted by Carversal indicates the addition of a revised split headlamp assembly and a connected LED daytime running light bar running across the front profile’s width. The mules were also equipped with vertical housings to accommodate LED projectors for the revised projector headlamp assembly.
Notable revisions were also spotted in the interior of the upcoming Tata Safari’s new version, suggesting an entirely new cabin layout with some fresh features. The SUV will now have a new two-spoke multi-functional steering wheel with a digital display, similar to what was seen in the test mules of the all-new Tata Nexon. The instrument console will also feature new graphics on the full-TFT screen.
The centre console of the new Tata Safari showcases significant changes, with the SUV now sporting a driver-focused touchscreen infotainment system and new AC vents below the screen. The lower centre console also incorporates a touch-sensitive control screen for automatic climate control. Furthermore, the centre tunnel between the front seats boasts a gloss black finish, along with a stubby gear lever and a new drive mode control knob with a knurled finish, akin to more expensive SUVs from Land Rover.
No mechanical changes
Tata will retain the currently-available 2.0-litre four-cylinder 170 PS diesel engine with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions for the all-new Safari. Additionally, there is a strong possibility that the new Tata Safari will also feature the newly-developed 1.5-litre four-cylinder 170 PS turbocharged petrol engine. It is expected that the new Tata Safari will come equipped with both a 6-speed manual and a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The all-new version of the Tata Safari, along with the similarly-revised Harrier, is anticipated to launch ahead of the festive season. This updated version of the SUV will continue to compete with other three-row vehicles like the Mahindra XUV700, MG Hector Plus, Hyundai Alcazar, Toyota Innova Hycross, and the recently-launched Maruti Suzuki Invicto.