Tata Safari Storme: Storme-ing A Long Way…
Ask anyone about an elegant, inspiring and a no-nonsense SUV that our Indian market has ever offered, you will surprisingly find people reiterating a single word – ‘Safari’. The term is much more than a word here – a phenomenon! For more than a decade and four years since its conception, this nonchalant yet business-minded SUV remains to be a well reputed admiring car for a really heterogeneous customers – entrepreneurs, base to top-level polticians, family-caring households, fun-loving youths, etc. The Delhi Auto Expo ended all speculations and answered a critical question that persist for years about the much-awaited Safari upgrade.
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massive 12m turning circle to a more manageable 10.8m. It is still powered by the same 2.2 litre DiCOR engine, but the refinement and performance is enhanced. It is more responsive and brisky. The gearbox is also an improved one, but still not the best.
in the business at this price. The front seats too are comfy and the high perch they affort ensures comanding visibility. The boot is fairly large in spite of jump seats, suitable not for adults. The Storme now gets disc brakes for all four wheel, assisted by ABS.
grey honeycomb grille that’s capped by a thick crome strip, which gives the Storme a Land Rover-like look. The new bumper with a slim air dam looks cool. A missing spare wheel on the rear door ( which is now moved below the body), sports car-like twin exhausts, reworked tail lamps, a chrome strip on the door and a roof-mounted spoiler ensures fair amount of changes at the rear. The Storme looks taller than before from the sides. But how prodigious the changes are, Tata should have given us nothing short of an all-new design.
But the cabin gets substantial changes in terms of design and quality. Materials used inside are superior in terms of feel and look. The dashboard is completely fresh and the beige – faux wood treatment on the centre console gives it an upmarket look. But the layout is very basic and lacks energy. The Storme is equipped with necessary ones but feels lacking, keeping in mind the more mature and modern competition.