The Company’s flagship SUV is finally getting the much needed redesign so we are about to see the all new 2018 Tata Safari model. This model was firstly introduced back in 1998. Since then, it hasn’t received any major changes. There have been a few upgrades a couple of years ago but nothing large. So, for the next generation model, we are hoping to see the completely new Tata Safari.
The new Safari will continue to ride on the same architecture as the Land Rover Discovery with whom it will share some design cues as well. For the 2018 year model, we are expecting many changes. These will include more power under the hood, more refined interior design and more handsome exterior. Furthermore, the new Tata will provide better driving dynamics, handling and improved off-road abilities. More equipment and upgraded features are also expected in the upcoming Safari.
Its main rivals on the market will be Mahindra Scorpio, Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass.
2018 Tata Safari engine and performance
The upcoming 2018 Tata Safari will receive the new, more powerful engine under its hood. It is going to be a 2.0-liter diesel engine. This unit will be able to produce around 150 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. The engine will most likely pair with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The next could also be a 1.5-liter diesel engine which powers the new Nexon SUV model. As for the drivetrain, the new Safari will come standard with all-wheel drive system.
Design of exterior and interior
The 2018 Tata Safari will ride on the same L550 platform which also underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport model. Besides that, these models will also share some design components.
Speaking of the exterior design, the new Tata Safari will appear fully redesigned. We will notice changes all over the body. This will include revised grille, bumper and headlamps on the front fascia. On the rear, there will be restyled tail lamps and new bumper too. Although, it will receive many adjustments, its original silhouette will remain the same. All in all, the new Tata will look more attractive and more handsome than ever before.
When it comes to interior design, the 2018 Tata Safari will also bring many upgrades: starting from the better and more quality materials to more modern features. The cabin will generally be more luxurious and modern. The new Tata Safari will be available in two variants. So, it is going to appear as a five- and a seven-seater sport utility vehicle. The seats will most likely be upholstered in leather. As for the equipment, the new Tata will offer latest infotainment system, multi-functional steering wheel, automatic climate control and so on. The safety will also be on the high level and some of the features will include anti-lock braking system, airbags etc.
Release date and price
The 2018 Tata Safari should arrive sometime in late 2018 or in the beginning of 2019. As for the price, it will probably start at around $16,000 and it will go up to $24,000.