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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The Tata Safari Storme facelift quite honestly looks almost identical to the pre-facelift variant except some few minor changes made to its exterior.
Towards the front of the facelift Storme gets a new honeycomb grille which according to Tata has been inspired from premium International SUV’s, while you will notice the Storme lettering towards the front tip of the bonnet. The projector unit headlamps and same front bumper are all carried over from the pre-facelift vehicle. Towards the side profile one can also notice new Varicor badges which tell you about the updated engine that this SUV has under its hood. While towards the rear profile there are no changes either.
Overall you really need to have a very good eye to spot the changes made to the facelift variant but overall this old SUV still maintains the same top heavy exterior and silhouette.
|Wheel base||2650 mm|
|Ground clearance||200 mm|
For those who are really disappointed with the changes that Tata made to the exterior of the Storme will be really impressed with the changes that have been made to its interior.
The first thing which you will notice while stepping inside the SUV is its massive ground clearance, they say ‘something don’t change for good’ and this is one fine example of that, the Safari Storme facelift still enjoys the impressive ground clearance. Step inside and the first thing you will notice is the new and chunkier looking three spoke steering wheel. The steering wheel is the same unit that you will find in the new Zest or Bolt; this steering wheel also comes with integrated switches to control the Infotainment system. While talking about the infotainment system in particular the facelift Storme gets the new integrated CONNECTNEXT music system by Harman offcourse! This does not come with a touchscreen display unit like you noticed in the Bolt or the Zest but this does not appear like a last moment after market fitting either. This single din entertainment system comes with few noticeable features like Speed Dependent Volume Control, Bluetooth Hands Free, Phone Book Download, Audio Streaming and Reverse Parking Sensor Display etc. However what we do miss is the absence of a reverse camera and thus you will have to depend only on the parking sensors to back this SUV.
The Safari Storme comes with high seating positions which give the second row occupants a good view of their surroundings while the seats themselves now comes with better cushioning and improved fabrics. However the third row still gets those uncomfortable side facing benches which fortunately can be put off to make space for more boot space.
The Safari Storme facelift still is powered by the 2.2L 16 Valve DOHC VTT VARICOR (Variable Turbine Technology (32 Bit Electronically Controlled) (Direct Engine Common Rail) diesel unit which comes with 2179 cc displacement. Now this engine although is the same unit but what it has received is a power hike or almost 10 Ps which means that this engine now generates about 150 Ps of peak power at 400 rpm while the torque amount has stayed the same at about 320 Nm in between 1700-2700 rpm. The engine has been mated to the same 5 speed manual transmission.
The Safari Storme is available with both 2 wheel as well as 4 wheel variant and the top end VX variant gets the 4X4 variant and which can be changes on the go with the help of the control knob placed towards the centre console just ahead of the gear lever.
The Safari Storme promises to return about 14 km to a litre which is pretty descent compared to the size of the SUV. The SUV also has now and improved performance which is also a good news for the owners.
When it comes to its ride and handling factor nothing has changed much because it comes with the same Double wishbone type with coil spring over shock absorber while the rear gets Coil spring type 5 link rigid axle suspension thanks to the suspension system the Safari Storme really soaks the bumps and potholes easily even at lower speeds. The Storme facelift still rides on the same platform and it was always known as a top heavy SDUV which really takes a toll when you are entering a corner or getting out of it.
|Type||2.2L 16-Valve DOHC VTT VARICOR|
|Power||147.95bhp @ 4000rpm|
|Torque||320 Nm @ 1700-2700rpm|
The pricing of the new Safari Storme has been provided below:
Tata Safari Storme LX facelift has been priced at INR. 9,99,000
Tata Safari Storme EX facelift has been priced at INRRs. 11,60,499
Tata Safari Storme VX facelift has been priced at INR Rs. 13,02,000
Tata Safari Storme VX 4×4 facelift has been priced at INR Rs. 14,34,999
Mahindra XUV 500 recently recieved a facelift and althopugh the changes are mostly cosmetic and although it may look nice but what I think is that the SUV lost some of its muscular charm and now getting inside a more sophisticated shell. Powering the XUV500 is still the 2.2 Litre M-Hawk engine which produces the same amount of power 140 Bhp and 330 Nm of torque mated to a 6 speed manula transmission.
There is no doubt in the fact that the Safari Storme facelift is the best SUV ever from Tata Motors stable because not only it comes with good looks but the engine and the interior has also received significant changes and improvement which surely takes the competition to a whole new level. Certainly this SUV still has lot of room for improvement including the top heavy part and handling but there is still plenty of time left for that because the popularity of the Safari name tag will never actually fade away for sure.