Tata Safari Storme

The second generation Safari was launched in 2012 and is called the Storme. The Storme uses a shortened version of the Tata Aria’s chassis and also uses the same steering and engine. There is both a 2WD and 4WD version and the Storme competes with the Mahindra XUV500

2012 Tata Safari Storme

For the reasons that remain a mystery, Tata has taken a rather long time to launch the Storme after the SUV was shown at the Auto Expo earlier this year. The Safari when launched 14 years ago was the first SUV of its kind by an Indian manufacturer and though from the outside this might seem like a facelift over the previous gen Safari, this in fact is an all new SUV. Prices for the Storme start from Rs 9.95 lakh to Rs 12.5 lakh for the 4x2 and the only 4x4 variant costs Rs 13.7 lakhs ex-showroom New Delhi. The Safari became an extremely popular vehicle because of the value and space it provided and also because of its long-distance cruising comfort. It was patronized by politicians, industrialists and bullies and was one of the few aspirational vehicles that money could buy.

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Design

At first the Storme looks a bit too similar to the Safari but if you look deeper you can make out the changes. The most obvious being the changes to the front with the wide chrome grille and the sharper looking projector headlights. From the side the two SUV’s look identical even though the cladding for the doors and the wheel arches are different. Changes to the rear are more obvious with the spare wheel mounted under the floor and the tail lamps are new as well. What though remains disappointing is that Tata hasn’t completely changed the look of the SUV given the fact that this is the first time that the SUV has been given a redesign. The build quality has definitely improved, there is an all new front bumper and we really liked the twin chrome-tipped exhausts. The fog lamps at the front are round, the rear also has a spoiler and at the side is a new a wider running board and there is lots of use of chrome all around the car. The design of the alloy wheels is new and the bonnet is flatter.

Interiors

Step inside and immediately you notice the similarity between the Aria and the Storme. This isn’t a bad thing at all and more importantly the quality of plastic and build has improved as well. The cabin is in beige and the new dash has a completely different centre console and the Storme also uses wooden finish for its panelling.

Space as was the case with the previous Safari is excellent and both front and rear passengers get really good head and leg room. The third row is only for children but they too will feel cramped. The feature list huge as well and the rear two rows get climate control. The top of the line variant gets power windows all around, the seats are in leather, both the front occupants get air bags and the high driving position gives the driver a good view of the road.

The new instrument cluster comes with a new dial, the four spoke steering wheel is wrapped in leather and so is the gear knob. For the 4WD there is a round knob and other features include a Bluetooth-enabled single DIN music system, a smart key for switching on and off the headlights and reverse parking sensors with a display. Safety feature are excellent and you can opt for six airbags, ABS (Anti Lock Brake System) with ESC (Electronic Stability Control) but there are still some concerns with panel gaps.

Engine and Performance

The Safari Storme uses a 2.2-litre, DICOR engine which is an updated version of the motor that the Safari earlier used and this DOHC unit is the same as on the Aria and the Sumo Grande. The 4 cylinder unit produces 140PS and uses a variable geometry turbocharger. Tata now calls this engine the VariCor and this motor uses direct-injection, hydraulic valve adjusters and sixteen valves. The engine feels refined and it produces 320Nm of torque which allows it to motor along comfortably at most speeds. There is a bit of turbo lag but the engine revs well and the mid range is particularly meaty. There aren’t many vibrations seeping into the cabin and the engine accelerates to 100kmph in around 15seconds. Matched to the motor is a 5 speed manual gearbox which has been worked on and the transmission now has shortened throws but still doesn’t have a crisp feel to it. The Storme has a top speed of 160kmph with an ARAI claimed 13.2kmpl (4WD version) which is less than the Mahindra XUV500.

Ride

This part of the Storme is completely new and replacing the ladder chassis is the shortened version of the Aria’s hydroformed chassis. This makes the Storme stiffer and lighter. The SUV uses disc brakes all around with double wishbone front suspension along with a 5 link coil spring rear suspension. The ride quality is excellent which is what its customers like and the suspension glides over broken sections. The suspension is set on the softer side which results in body roll around corners. The handling has improved considerably from before and the 4WD version comes with an option of a low range and a limited-slip differential. The 4X4 can be changed on the fly and the steering which is also borrowed from theAria is better than before. The track is wider and this gives the Storme better composure.

Competition

The Mahindra XUV500 has been an instant hit with the Indian customer for the value it provides and for the imposing looks. This vehicle has put Mahindra in direct competition with the Japanese manufacturers and the design and styling is sure to turn heads. The interiors are stylish too and space is really good. The 2.2-litre is the same as on the Xylo and is refined and torquey. The gearbox isn’t the best and neither is the ride. The entry level Skoda Yeti 4X2 can match the top of the line Storme on price. The build quality, ride and handling and interiors are leagues ahead. The engine produces 110PS which is less powerful than the Storme but acceleration is better. The Yeti however is only a 5 seater.

Verdict

To the good bits first. The Storme uses a completely new monocoque chassis which replaces the earlier body on ladder chassis construction and this gives it far better ride and handling. The soft suspension works well over broken sections but around corners there is body roll. She handles nevertheless with improved composure and though the overall build quality has improved, the plastic quality could have been better and the panel gaps should have been more consistent. The engine is refined, torquey with a meaty mid range and the gearbox is improved from before. You do get 4WD and as well and the interior space is enough for five adults. Though there is no doubt that the Storme is an improved vehicle in the departments that matter but the styling for our liking is far too similar to the Safari. Given the fact that it’s been 14 years since the Safari was first launched, we expected the design to be completely different butTata obviously thinks otherwise. With the competition from theXUV500 the second innings of the Safari in the Storme avatar won’t be easy one but over the years the SUV has created a loyal base for itself and it still provides pretty good value.

Quotes from other reviews:
Autocar India: ‘The Safari Storme, then, comes across as a quantum leap ahead of the previous Safari. It’s well-equipped, refined, better built and comprehensively updated. And with prices starting from Rs 9.9 lakh for the base 4x2 model and going to Rs 13.7 lakh for the fully loaded 4x4 option, it’s great value for money. Also, as a long-distance cruiser, nothing can quite beat it for the money. The only grouse is that, even after 14 years, Tata hasn’t got around to changing the ageing body completely.’

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Indian Armed Forces Will Now Drive The New Tata Safari Storme

Indian Armed Forces Will Now Drive The New Tata Safari Storme

The Safari Storme will be replacing the popular Maruti Gypsy
Indian Armed Forces Will Now Drive The New Tata Safari Storme

Tata Motors has signed a contract with the Indian Armed Forces; the Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) had floated an RFP for vehicles with three basic criteria which include minimum payload capacity of 800 kgs; hard roofs and air conditioning. Under a new category of vehicles - GS800 (General Service 800) Tata Motors will be supplying a total of 3192 units of the Tata Safari Storme 4x4.

So the first and the foremost things any defence vehicle need are strength and endurance. Tata Motors have tested the Safari Storme in some of the harshest conditions for over a period of fifteen months. The auto manufacturer has forayed into the defence sector as per plan. First Tata Motors replaced the Tatra by Tata High Mobility Vehicle 6x6 in the 10 Tonne class. Now The Defense Ministry has finally found a replacement for the Maruti Gypsy with the Tata Safari Storme in the 4x4 light vehicle category.

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The List Of Ten Exciting Budget Cars Which No One Actually Buys Anymore

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The List Of Ten Exciting Budget Cars Which No One Actually Buys Anymore
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Every car manufacturer has the core aim of only one thing – to sell as much cars as possible and position itself as a strong player. With this aim, they seldom produce cars which although being groundbreaking on most of the aspects, fail to click in the minds of the customers. This happens with almost every manufacturer at one point of time or the other. Blame it for the wrong pricing, bad timing or simply bad luck, there are some products which fall under this category.

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5 popular SUVs with 2000 cc diesel engines banned in Delhi and NCR

5 popular SUVs with 2000 cc diesel engines banned in Delhi and NCR

Supreme Court might lift the ban after payment of one time environment cess
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It’s been half a year, 2000 cc diesel engines are banned in Delhi and NCR. Because of that several automakers like Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Mahindra & Mahindra, Audi, BMW has seen steep decline in their sales figures. While automaker like Toyota has threatened not to launch any new models in the country, automaker like Tata Motors and Mahindra has changed their strategy to equip the Delhi and NCR spec large cars with sub 2000 cc engines. On the other side, the sales of petrol cars have been increased.

Meanwhile Supreme Court has announced they are open to lift the ban on 2000 cc and larger diesel engine powered cars in Delhi and NCR. But condition remains, as the Apex Court has suggested an one time cess to impose on the large cars. Which means the price of these cars will significantly increase. Another question remains; who ever pays hefty, gets the license to pollute? No wonder, another big debate is awaiting.

Meanwhile, we take a look at the popular SUVs with 2000 cc or larger diesel engines under the hood, which have been greatly affected by the ban in Delhi and NCR.

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List Of Five Popular Four Wheel Drive SUV’s Within Your Budget

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List Of Five Popular Four Wheel Drive SUV's Within Your Budget

Honestly! people buy SUV’s to get the extra edge over the regular sedan or hatchbacks available in the market. Be it space, comfort or their road presence the SUV’s are definitely the first choice amongst car buyers of any country. But one major reason of spending all that extra money and owning a SUV is the fun of actually taking the vehicle out for a weekend trip to that unknown place where there are no guarantees that the tarmac will guide you till you reach your destination.

Offcourse! There are plenty of SUV’s available in the Indian market now at different price points, there are even compact SUV’s which although may not have all the capabilities of a proper SUV but they surely provide you something more than your regular hatchbacks. But a SUV with a four wheel drive is definitely worth every penny of yours, because you know what they are really capable of when there is no tarmac.

In this article we have selected a list of four wheel drive SUV’s which are available in the Indian market within your budget.

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2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400

2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400

2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400
2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400
2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400
2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400
2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400
2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400
2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400
2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400

Tata Motors might not be the strongest player in the SUV segment of the Indian automobile market, but their Tata Safari is surely one of the strong players in the segment. Amidst the wait for the launch of Zica, Tata Motors has just launched Safari Storme Varicor 400, which is a more powerful variant available with the Tata Safari Storme VX top end trim. The 400 of the name indicates a more powerful torque amount which is 25% higher than the outgoing variants.

The new Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 doesn’t boast any notable exterior or interior changes. The only major change come in form of the new powertrain. This car expected to give other SUVs like Mahindra XUV500 a tough competition with its powerful powertrain. Let’s take a look at the new SUV.

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Tata Safari Varicor 400 Launched; Prices Starting At 13.25 Lakhs

Tata Safari Varicor 400 Launched; Prices Starting At 13.25 Lakhs

Tata Safari Varicor 400 Launched; Prices Starting At 13.25 Lakhs
Tata Safari Varicor 400 Launched; Prices Starting At 13.25 Lakhs
Tata Safari Varicor 400 Launched; Prices Starting At 13.25 Lakhs
Tata Safari Varicor 400 Launched; Prices Starting At 13.25 Lakhs

Tata Motors launched a new Varicor 400 variant of their Tata Safari Storme SUV priced at INR. 13.25,530 Lakhs for the 4X2 variant while the 4X4 variant is priced at INR. 14, 59,952(ex-showroom New Delhi).

Now the Varicor 400 engine is available only with the top end VX trim only. Now as already mentioned above there are no changes made to the exterior except the new Varicor 400 badge on its exterior. Under the hood the same 2.2 Litre Varicor turbo diesel unit which has also been paired to a completely new 6 speed manual gearbox which also gets with self-adjusting clutch which actually helps in power balance. The Varicor 400 unit now produces about 155 BHP at 4000rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 1750-2500 rpm which is actually 25 percent hike in torque amount over the other variant. The power is delivered to all the 4 wheels via the all-4 wheels with a Shift-on-the fly four-wheel drive system. It is also fitted with limited slip differential which helps the SUV deal with any road surface easily.

As far as the interior is concerned the Varicor 400 variant gets new integrated CONNECTNEXT system with 6-speaker surround sound by Harman. There is also a new 3 spoke steering wheel which also comes with smart control features.

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Tata Safari Storme VariCOR400 Tech Spec Detail Are Out

Tata Safari Storme VariCOR400 Tech Spec Detail Are Out

Tata Safari Storme VariCOR400 Tech Spec Detail Are Out
Tata Safari Storme VariCOR400 Tech Spec Detail Are Out
Tata Safari Storme VariCOR400 Tech Spec Detail Are Out
Tata Safari Storme VariCOR400 Tech Spec Detail Are Out
Tata Safari Storme VariCOR400 Tech Spec Detail Are Out
Tata Safari Storme VariCOR400 Tech Spec Detail Are Out
Tata Safari Storme VariCOR400 Tech Spec Detail Are Out
Tata Safari Storme VariCOR400 Tech Spec Detail Are Out

Recently we reported that Tata Motors is planning to launch a more powerful Varicor400 variant of their Safari Storme compact SUV and it was spotted testing on road (Read the news here). The Varicor400 variant uses the same 2.2 Litre diesel unit but it has been tuned to produce even more power and torque and also comes paired to a new 6 speed manual transmission while the current variant gets a 5 speed manual transmission.

The 2.2 Litre, four cylinder diesel unit under the hood of the Safari Storme Varicor400 variant produces 156 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque in between 1,750-2,500 rpm. This engine is also paired to a new 6 speed manual transmission and a new self adjusting clutch which is definitely more reliable. These power output figures are comparatively more than the current engine, the present 2.2 Litre unit produces about 150 Ps of peak power and 320 Nm of torque.

The tech specs also reveal that the Varicor400 will be available only with the top end ‘VX’ trim while the lower end trims will continue to use the same 150 Ps 320 Nm unit. The performance figures of this engine surely looks impressive, the Varcor400 will help the big SUV to sprint from 0-100km/h mark in 12.8 seconds while the 0-60 km/h mark is achievable in just 5.7 seconds while the current SUV does the same 5.7 seconds and 13.8 seconds respectively.

The Varicor400 variant of the Safari Storme will be launched in the month of December in the Indian market.

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Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Spotted; Gets More Power and Torque

Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Spotted; Gets More Power and Torque

Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Spotted; Gets More Power and Torque
Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Spotted; Gets More Power and Torque
Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Spotted; Gets More Power and Torque
Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Spotted; Gets More Power and Torque
Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Spotted; Gets More Power and Torque
Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Spotted; Gets More Power and Torque
Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Spotted; Gets More Power and Torque
Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Spotted; Gets More Power and Torque

Recently Team-BHP was able to spot a more powerful Varicor 400 diesel mill under the hood of the Tata Safari Storme SUV while it was being tested. This gives us a clear indication that Tata Motors will soon be introducing this powerful engine as well along with their existing engine.

Not so long ago Tata Motors introduced the facelift Safari Storme in the Indian market with minor cosmetic upgrades and few additional features inside the cabin like the new audio system which also comes with a display screen USB, Aux and Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls. The other changes included parking sensors and centre armrests for the rear seat passengers. The facelift SUV was powered by the 2.2 Litre diesel motor which produces about 148 Bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of torque paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox.

The Varicor 400 diesel engine which was spotted recently is expected to produce about 155 Bhp of peak power and an impressive 400 Nm of torque. The 2.2 Litre Varicor400 credentials resembles the beefy 400 Nm of torque which is almost 80 NM more than what the current engine produces, while the power output has also increased by almost 7 Bhp. You can also expect a new 6 speed manual transmission as well to manage all that torque.

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Tata Motors working on Raptor and Harrier platforms for future SUVs

Tata Motors working on Raptor and Harrier platforms for future SUVs

Tata Motors working on Raptor and Harrier platforms for future SUVs

Tata Motors is working on two new platforms, which are Raptor and Harrier, and these platforms are built with inputs from Jaguar Land Rover. The future SUVs from Tata Motors will be built on these platforms. Not only that, the future versions of outgoing models will also be built based on these two models.

The future generation Tata Sumo will come based on the Raptor platform, and it will meet the future crash norms, lightweight, powered by 4X4 technology and a much more powerful engine. Another popular SUV from Tata Motors is Tata Safari, which has been in the market for long period. The future generation of Tata Safari will come based on the Harrier platform, and as we came to know, the new Safaris will come designed as the Hummer. We also came to know, that this new SUV will be much smaller, and therefore it will complete the fleet of Tata Motors. After Tata Motors acquired Jaguar Land Rover from Ford, several inputs were made to the Tata vehicles from JLR’s existing technology, which made the Tata vehicles more global standardized and experts are assuming that implementing these two platforms for future Tata SUVs will give the company vehicles a new dimensions.

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Tata Motors launches Celebration Edition range of passenger vehicles

Tata Motors launches Celebration Edition range of passenger vehicles

Tata Motors launches Celebration Edition range of passenger vehicles
Tata Motors launches Celebration Edition range of passenger vehicles
Tata Motors launches Celebration Edition range of passenger vehicles
Tata Motors launches Celebration Edition range of passenger vehicles
Tata Motors launches Celebration Edition range of passenger vehicles
Tata Motors launches Celebration Edition range of passenger vehicles
Tata Motors launches Celebration Edition range of passenger vehicles
Tata Motors launches Celebration Edition range of passenger vehicles

As the great Indian festive season is nearing, every auto manufacturer is trying to woo the potential customers with their range of special edition cars. Tata Motors is not out of the race, and they also just launched a range of special edition cars for their passenger vehicles keeping an eye on the upcoming festive season.

Available for sale starting 13th October, the celebration edition ranges comprise of Tata Bolt, Tata GenX Nano, Tata Safari Storme and Tata Indigo with special celebration kits. The Tata Zest Anniversary edition will also join this range. This range will be on sale till 15th November, 2015. All these special edition cars will come with various unique features, which will sort these cars out of the league. Not only that. Tata Motors has also introduced a special festive season Cash Back Bonanza offer. In this offer, customers buying Tata cars between 1st October and 15th November; will get a chance to win a minimum cash back of INR. 2000 going up to INR. 50,000. Few lucky customers will get a chance to win 50% or 100% cash back.

Mr. Mayank Pareek of Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors has said, "As we enter the auspicious season, we wish all our customers compliments of the season. Festive season is all about celebrations and we want to partner with our customers to provide them the joy of mobility with the celebration edition range. Designed and developed with state-of-the-art features, this range exemplifies the Company’s focus on best-in-class products with a festive touch. We will continue to strive towards offering exciting products as we move ahead and hope to see our brand evolve as a winner in the years to come."

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Tata Motors showcased Rally Bolt, GenX Nano and Safari Storme at the Big Boys Toys Expo 2015

Tata Motors showcased Rally Bolt, GenX Nano and Safari Storme at the Big Boys Toys Expo 2015

Tata Motors showcased Rally Bolt, GenX Nano and Safari Storme at the Big Boys Toys Expo 2015
Tata Motors showcased Rally Bolt, GenX Nano and Safari Storme at the Big Boys Toys Expo 2015
Tata Motors showcased Rally Bolt, GenX Nano and Safari Storme at the Big Boys Toys Expo 2015
Tata Motors showcased Rally Bolt, GenX Nano and Safari Storme at the Big Boys Toys Expo 2015
Tata Motors showcased Rally Bolt, GenX Nano and Safari Storme at the Big Boys Toys Expo 2015
Tata Motors showcased Rally Bolt, GenX Nano and Safari Storme at the Big Boys Toys Expo 2015

Tata Motors showcased a range of popular passenger vehicles at the Big Boys Toys Expo 2015 in Mumbai. In this Auto expo the homegrown auto manufacturer showcased accessorized versions of the Tata Bolt, compact hatchback Tata GenX Nano and SUV Tata Safari Storme.

The recently introduced Tata Bolt is a popular hatchback from the Tata Motors, the modified hatchback showcased here was in its Rally avatar. This completely new and sporty looking Rally Bolt has seats with 5 point safety harness, Alloy Wheels with Rally Tyres and Rally Livery like accessories.

Tata Nano has been the revolutionary small hatchback from Tata Motors, and the latest version of this car is the GenX Nano. The stylish, feature packed and trendy compact hatchback GenX Nano Easy Shift, was also displayed with body kit, spoiler, sunroof, body graphics, alloy wheels door visor, remote controlled hatch release, attractive leather seat covers with cushions and carpet.

The last car which was displayed there was the Tata Safari Storme. This SUV also has been the answer to several foreign manufacturer made SUVs, and it was showcased in the event as a fully accessorized off road vehicle. This car was loaded with a hood scoop, hood deflector, personal navigation device from Garmin, roof mounted fog lamps, day time running light, tail gate mounted cycle carrier, front bumper mounted fog lamps, car awning, laser shades, door visor, chrome elements, chiller cum warmer, seat organizer, coat hanger, rubber mats, seat covers and alloy wheels with mud terrain tyres.

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2015 Tata Safari Storme (Facelift)

2015 Tata Safari Storme (Facelift)

2015 Tata Safari Storme (Facelift)
2015 Tata Safari Storme (Facelift)
2015 Tata Safari Storme (Facelift)
2015 Tata Safari Storme (Facelift)
2015 Tata Safari Storme (Facelift)
2015 Tata Safari Storme (Facelift)
2015 Tata Safari Storme (Facelift)
2015 Tata Safari Storme (Facelift)

Tata Motors is seriously taking their game to a whole new level, we have recently seen them launch two new hatches (Bolt and Nano) and also the Zest compact sedan and now they shifted their focus back towards the SUV market and launched the facelift variant of their only SUV offering the Safari Storme.

The Safari Storme received its facelift almost after 3 long years and although the Safari itself is a very old SUV and has stayed in the Indian market since the year 1998 before finally receiving a generation change in 2012. Although this new SUV received a mere facelift or rather I will call it an update, the changes you will notice are subtle but it surely has given the Safari Storme some more time in its hands to compete with its existing competition.

The facelift Storme received some few cosmetic updates towards its exterior while it received plenty of noticeable changes in its interior as well while under the hood there is some noticeable changes although the facelift variant still uses the 2.2 Litre Varicor engine but the power output has gone up significantly however we cannot say the same about the torque. The engine still remains to be mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.

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Tata Safari Storme Facelift To Get AT Spotted Testing (Spy Shot)

Tata Safari Storme Facelift To Get AT Spotted Testing (Spy Shot)

Tata Safari Storme Facelift To Get AT Spotted Testing (Spy Shot)

There is no doubt that the Tata Safari Storme is one very capable SUV but recently it had lost some of its flavor because of the other modern competitors. So in order to attract the lost attention Tata Motors decided to launch the facelift Storme in India.

We will definitely inform you all the details of the upcoming Safari Storme facelift and the changes that you can actually expect on both the exterior as well as interior of the SUV but before that let us also inform you about one recently developing news that is actually storming all over the internet. TeamBHP caught the Automatic variant of the Storme being tested on Indian roads recently and from the spy images you can clearly notice that the Storme sports an Automatic sticker towards the rear windscreen which clearly indicates that the Storme gets an Automatic transmission. The AT variant that you will notice in the upcoming Safari Storme facelift has a 6 speed automatic transmission and will help the engine to produce an impressive 400 Nm of torque but because the other transmission offered on the Storme is a 5 speed manual transmission and is incapable of handling that huge amount of torque the total torque amount has to be restricted to just about320 Nm.

Coming to the engine lineup the Safari Storme facelift recently also received an update in the engine, the 2.2 Litre diesel unit now produces about 148 Bhp of peak power which is almost 10 Bhp upgrade compared to the earlier engine, while the SUV also makes a pretty descent torque figure of 320 Nm which actually remains unchanged, This diesel unit has been mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox.

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Now You Can Shop Tata Safari Storme Branded Goodies Online

Now You Can Shop Tata Safari Storme Branded Goodies Online

Now You Can Shop Tata Safari Storme Branded Goodies Online

Tata Motors and eBay India has collaborated and have launched a brand store of Tata Safari Storme which will sell merchandise of the respective brand. Previously, Tata Motors had also launched Tata Nano brand store in India. Now people can buy a host of Tata Safari Storme goodies like T-shirts, clocks, trekking bags, rear seat organizer etc. from their homes easily. The online store eBay is one of the popular shopping destinations amongst the young generation in India having more than 2.1 million active customers. Shopping online has been becoming the latest trend amongst the Indians where one have to select the product and place an order just by a click on the mouse and the product gets delivered at the doorstep and thus is quite a hassle free process.

Ms. Delna Avari, Head - Marketing Communications, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said on the occasion that the company have undertaken this move to add cheer to the customers’ next great adventure. That is why they have chosen eBay India site for selling the Tata Safari Storme merchandise and with the help of this initiative, they aim to further engage and deepen our connect with the ever discerning customer, who is increasingly turning to the online space, to not only plan their next holiday, but also make purchase of music, games and possibly everything, even for day to day use. eBay India is a great place to shop, guarantees reliability and allows our adventure seeking customer to gear-up for that next off-road excursion & exciting Safari Storme merchandise at the click of a button.

You can check out the list of offerings of the Tata Safari Storme merchendise on eBay here.

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Tata Motors launches 'SOUL' aimed at Safari owners

Tata Motors launches ’SOUL’ aimed at Safari owners

Tata Motors launches 'SOUL' aimed at Safari owners

Tata Motors has launched an exclusive online platform for all Tata Safari owners with an aim to bring together like-minded enthusiasts and fans of the Tata Safari. It is called, ’Safari Owners United League’ or ’SOUL’ for short.

The online website will allow members to share their travel stories, experiences and escapades of their Tata Safari with the rest of the community.

A similar kind of forum for Tata Nano owners has been online for a while now. It is place where Nano owners from across India share their adventures with India’s smallest car.

On a similar note, the Tata Safari community now have a chance to meet new adventure junkies and friends thanks to this digital platform. The forum can be accessed via a special webpage designed specifically for it. A Facebook and Twitter pages are already active and are administered by Tata Motors.

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2013 Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition

2013 Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition

2013 Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition
2013 Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition
2013 Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition
2013 Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition
2013 Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition
2013 Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition
2013 Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition
2013 Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition

In a fashionable manner, Tata unveiled the new Tata Safari Storme Explorer Edition, roping in veteran actor Anil Kapoor to do the honors, as part of a promotion of the show "24".

So is the name of the edition a bit misleading or true? Well, that depends on how you treat the vehicle. To some extent, it is kind-of misleading as it doesn’t feature any extra mechanical upgrades that will help traverse rough terrain. To a little extent however, it is true. If you’re going exploring, you’ll need to know where you’re headed. So, the Explorer Edition comes with a touchscreen navigation device that also doubles-up a s reverse camera. Other noteworthy bits and bobs are the front nudge guard, Explorer branded decals all over and Explorer branded side view mirrors, to keep reminding you that your Safari is fitted with the Explorer Edition.

Everything else is the Safari Storme that we all know and not love. You get the same 2.2-liter DICOR unit that produces 140PS and a peak torque of 320Nm. The Safari Storme is mated to a 5-speed gearbox that transfers torque to either two wheels or all four wheels.

For the Safari Storme Explorer Edition, Tata has priced it at INR 10.86 Lakh ownwards. The Explorer kit can be availed for any variant of the car with an extra price of INR 57,000 for these features.

Overall, it’s nothing but a glorified Tata Safari Storme with some silly decals on it. Too much a price to pay for that.

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Tata Safari storme VS Mahindra XUV 500

Tata Safari storme VS Mahindra XUV 500

Tata Safari storme VS Mahindra XUV 500
Tata Safari storme VS Mahindra XUV 500
Tata Safari storme VS Mahindra XUV 500
Tata Safari storme VS Mahindra XUV 500
Tata Safari storme VS Mahindra XUV 500
Tata Safari storme VS Mahindra XUV 500
Tata Safari storme VS Mahindra XUV 500
Tata Safari storme VS Mahindra XUV 500

Its the ultimate war between the two of the most desirable SUV’s that have been here in the Indian market for quite some time now. The first competitor is non other than Tata’s very own Safari Storme which has been launched previous year with all the updates both in its interior, exterior and also in its engine. The second competitors is the mighty XUV500 from the stable of one of the most well known names when it comes to utility vehicles, Mahindra & Mahindra. The whole of India is now a days excited with the launch of the most awaited compact SUV Ford Ecosport and when it was finally launched there was lot of excitement surrounding it, but the Ecosport is only a sub 4 metre SUV with not so powerful engine, but these SUV’s here has all the capabilities that you expect when you pronounce the word SUV, specially its offroading capability.

The XUV 500 is powered by a powerful engine and also an impressive ground clearance at the same time to overcome any terrain with ease and the same goes with the other competitor the Safari Storme. This SUV’s seats just above the entry level SUV segment which includes the Ecosport and the Renault Duster but it is also well withing the reach of common man who cannot extend his budget for the premium SUV’s like the Ford Endeavor, the Honda CRV or the Toyota Fortuner. Let’s find out that does this SUV’s really have what it takes to be a tough competitor in the SUV segment of India.

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Our 10 most important cars of 2012

Our 10 most important cars of 2012

Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012
Our 10 most important cars of 2012

Though in no order in particular, the following are topspeed’s most important cars of 2012. We have kept in mind what the car brings to the table, if it is a game changer for the manufacturer or for the segment or for the industry at large. Volume it generates is essential, so is innovation and pricing. We have tried to include different categories which is why the Pajero Sport also gets a look. It is the festival season going on right now and the customer is definitely spoilt for choice. If you ask us, there is no better time than now to write that cheque. Happy Diwali.

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2012 Tata Safari Storme

2012 Tata Safari Storme

2012 Tata Safari Storme
2012 Tata Safari Storme
2012 Tata Safari Storme
2012 Tata Safari Storme
2012 Tata Safari Storme
2012 Tata Safari Storme
2012 Tata Safari Storme
2012 Tata Safari Storme

For the reasons that remain a mystery, Tata has taken a rather long time to launch the Storme after the SUV was shown at the Auto Expo earlier this year. The Safari when launched 14 years ago was the first SUV of its kind by an Indian manufacturer and though from the outside this might seem like a facelift over the previous gen Safari, this in fact is an all new SUV. Prices for the Storme start from Rs 9.95 lakh to Rs 12.5 lakh for the 4x2 and the only 4x4 variant costs Rs 13.7 lakhs ex-showroom New Delhi. The Safari became an extremely popular vehicle because of the value and space it provided and also because of its long-distance cruising comfort. It was patronized by politicians, industrialists and bullies and was one of the few aspirational vehicles that money could buy.

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Tata to showcase the Manza hybrid and Safari Storme at Geneva

Tata to showcase the Manza hybrid and Safari Storme at Geneva

Tata to showcase the Manza hybrid and Safari Storme at Geneva

Tata has been a regular at Geneva and the manufacturer has used the Motor Show to showcase its potential to the world. This year the manufacturer will be showcasing the Tata Safari Storme and the Manza Hybrid at Geneva. P M Telang, Managing Director, India Operations, said, “With the Safari Storme, the iconic Safari becomes a contemporary SUV suited to the desires of today’s SUV lovers.” “As importantly, we are displaying our progress with alternate fuel technologies towards a more comprehensive portfolio for the future.”

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Tata Safari Storm debuts at Auto Expo

Tata Safari Storm debuts at Auto Expo

Tata Safari Storm debuts at Auto Expo

The new Safari Storm has broken cover and is one of the main attractions at Tata’s stand at the Auto Expo. The Storm is an updated version of the Safari SUV and uses the new X2 platform of the Aria. To retain the SUV stance, Tata has also added a number of exterior modifications to the new Storm. The front end features a reshaped grille and new headlights and at the rear there is a modified tailgate and an aerodynamic spoiler.

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2012 Tata Safari Merlin

2012 Tata Safari Merlin

2012 Tata Safari Merlin
2012 Tata Safari Merlin
2012 Tata Safari Merlin
2012 Tata Safari Merlin
2012 Tata Safari Merlin
2012 Tata Safari Merlin
2012 Tata Safari Merlin
2012 Tata Safari Merlin

There are those who can’t get their head around why the Tata Safari has been such a success. But the fact remains that with the Safari you get utility, versatility and equally importantly it also massages your ego. If there ever was an Indian SUV made for the masses, the Safari is it. At the Auto Expo Tata is expected to showcase the 2012 Safari know as the Merlin. Though in what shape and form (we only have spy shots) the Merlin will finally come in India is still speculative, what is certain is the interest it has created and we expect the launch to be in the middle of 2012. In all probability the starting price of the Safari would be around Rs 9lakhs going up to Rs 11lakhs for the top of the line variant.

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