• 2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400

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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.

Click past jump to learn more about the 2015 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400.

EXTERIOR

The exterior of the Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 is almost same like the outgoing other variants. At the front profile the car gets a honeycomb grille, which is inspired by the international premium SUVs. The grille adorns the Tata badge at the centre, while the Storme lettering is visible on the chrome tip at the front of the bonnet. The projector headlamps and large front bumper delivers a bold and powerful aura. At the side profile the car gets new Varicor 400 badging. At the rear profile too, the only change is the Varicor 400 badging. Otherwise the car still sports the same basic design. Overall, the car looks heavy and muscular, as the Tata Safari always have been. The 200 mm ground clearance means, this car can perform tough jobs on rough terrains easily.

INTERIOR

At the interior too, there is no major change visible. The multifunction 3 spoke steering wheel gets smart control buttons. The drive Integrated CONNECTNEXT infotainment system by Harman, equipped with 6 speakers surround system provides a better entertainment experience on the go. The infotainment system is also equipped with ultrasonic reverse parking sensors. The height adjustable driver’s seat aids in all round view. The cabin is designed to offer maximum space, with fine materials & well crafted upholstery. The dual air conditioning ensures all round cooling.

DRIVETRAIN

Safari Storme VX, which is the top end trim of the SUV is powered by an all new powerful 2.2 litre 16 valve DOHC turbocharged VTT Varicor 400 engine, which is mated with a 6 speed manual gearbox. The powertrain is capable to produce 156 PS peak power at 4000 rpm, while the peak torque amount stands at 400 Nm at 1750-2500 rpm. This means Varicor 400 variant is capable to produce nearly 25% more torque than the outbound variants. Power goes to all the 4 wheels via the Shift on the fly four wheel drive system. This car is also fitted with limited slip differential which helps the SUV deal with any road surface easily. The car is available with both 4x2 and 4x4 driving options. It can reach 0-100 kmph in 13 seconds, and the fuel economy stands at ARAI certified 13.9 kmpl.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Engine 2.2 litre 16 valve DOHC turbocharged VTT Varicor 400
Fuel type Diesel
Maximum power 156 PS @ 4000 rpm
Maximum torque 400 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm
Transmission 6 speed manual
0-100 kmph 13 seconds
Fuel economy 13.9 kmpl

RIDE AND HANDLING

Tata Motors has equipped the car to response swiftly during drives. The noise, vibration and harshness are also lower than before. The 5 link suspension with coil springs at the rear wheels, and double wishbone suspension at the front ensure a comfortable ride. While the new 260 mm diameter self adjusting clutch enables seamless gear shifting, therefore ensuring a smooth ride.

SAFETY

The Safari Storme’s rigid ladder frame chassis is constructed with advanced hydro formed members for high structural strength, adding robustness, enabling best load carrying capabilities, enhancing rigidity, while simultaneously reducing the weight for better fuel economy and speed. The crumple zones, side intrusion beams on all the four doors, dual SRS airbags and the collapsible steering column keeps the occupants safe from all sides during any mishap. The car is also equipped with inertia switch and an auto engine immobilizer. During an exigency, the inertia switch automatically cuts off the fuel supply to the engine and unlocks all the doors and also switches on the hazard warning lights, therefore warning other vehicles. The Safari Storme gets PES headlamps for better illumination and unwanted glare.

PRICE

The new Tata Safari Storme VX SUV is available with both 4x2 and 4x4 drive options. The 4x2 variant is priced at INR. 1325530, while the 4X4 variant is priced at INR. 1459952 (ex-showroom New Delhi).

COMPETITION

MAHINDRA XUV500

The muscular looking Mahindra XUV500 facelift comes powered by a 2.2 litre mHawk 140 diesel engine equipped with 5th Generation Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) and mated to a 6 speed synchromesh manual gearbox. It produces 142 PS peak power at 3750 rpm, while the torque amount is 330 Nm at 1600-2800 rpm.

CONCLUSION

The Tata Safari Varicor 400 is certainly the best looking and most powerful SUV from the Tata lineup. The highly competitive SUV segment of Indian automobile market is one most challenging sector where this car will have to fight with others.

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Tata Motors launches new variant of Safari Storme

Key Highlights:

* Safari Storme VX, powered by Tata Motors new 2.2L VARICOR 400 engine, producing renewed power @ 400 Nm and 156 PS, mated with a new 6-speed manual gearbox
* Available in both 4X2 and 4X4 drive options with ESOF (Electronic Shift on-Fly)
* Commanding driving position, with height adjustable driver’s seat, aiding in better all-round view
* Superior Safety with crumple zones, side intrusion beams on all four doors, with Dual SRS airbags and a collapsible steering column, with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) for reassuring vehicle control
* Perfect balance between comfort, handling and performance with a ground clearance of 200 mm
* Vehicle interiors designed to offer maximum space, with fine materials & well-crafted details, with dual air-conditioning for all-round cooling, for a comfortable drive
* Integrated CONNECTNEXT Infotainment System by Harman™, with ultrasonic reverse parking sensors

Tata Motors today launched a new variant of the Safari Storme VX powered by a new 2.2L VARICOR 400 engine. The newest addition to the Safari Storme family, the Safari Storme VX is available in both 4×2 and 4×4 drive options, and is priced @ Rs 13,25,530 for the 4X2 option, with the VX 4X4 option priced at Rs 14,59,952 (ex-showroom New Delhi)

With renewed 156 PS power, the new 2.2L VARICOR 400 engine now produces 400 Nm of torque, delivered through a new 6-speed manual gearbox, with a self-adjusting clutch, for a perfect balance for power, performance and a car like feel. With power delivered to all-4 wheels with a Shift-on-the fly four-wheel drive system, the vehicle is fitted with Limited Slip Differential (LSD) which enables the vehicle to negotiate any surface with ease.

The Safari Storme VX also features Tata Motors new integrated CONNECTNEXT system with 6-speaker surround sound by Harman™, all routed to Tata Motors new signature steering wheel. Designed with 3 spokes, the new steering wheel, boasts smart control features and an ergonomic grip, for superior command and convenience. The new CONNECTNEXT system has contemporary features like – Speed Dependent Volume Control, Bluetooth™ Hands Free, with CD/MP3/Radio/Aux/USB and iPod connectivity, Phone Book Download, Audio Streaming and a Reverse Parking Sensor Display.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Mayank Pareek, President – Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “We at Tata Motors are delighted with the launch of a new more powerful variant of the Safari Storme –the Safari Storme VX. With a massive road presence, along with superior on-road and off-road capabilities, the new VX variant of the Safari Storme with Tata Motors new VARICOR 400 engine and a new 6-speed gear box, will further exemplify the excitement and performance quotient of India’s most popular SUV. With features and capabilities of the new Safari Storme based on our HORIZONEXT approach, we are committed to constantly listening to our customers, making the country’s most popular SUV even more popular and a perfect companion on every journey.”

Performance & Safety: The new Safari Storme VX is a refined vehicle, delivering a performance of 0 – 100 km/hr in less than 13 seconds. The new VARICOR 400 engine, turbocharged with VTT (Variable Turbine Technology), delivers 156 PS power & 400 Nm torque, providing easy drivability, swifter response and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness), with fuel efficiency at 13.9 kmpl as per ARAI. The 4X4 variant also features ESOF (electronic shift-on-fly) technology, enabling engagement of the 4X4 or 4X2 mode on the move.

The Safari Storme’s rigid ladder frame chassis constructed with advanced hydro-formed members for high structural strength, adds robustness, enabling best load carrying capabilities, enhancing rigidity, while simultaneously reducing weight.

Boasting a turning circle radius of 5.4 meters, the Safari Storme makes driving and maneuvering in tight confines, absolutely easy. The ground clearance of 200 mm, with a gradability of 33% adds to the off-roadability of the vehicle. ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) & EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) brings in the reassurance for better control of the Safari Storme on every terrain.

Crumple zones, side intrusion beams on all four doors, dual SRS airbags and the collapsible steering column keeps passengers safe from all sides.

In addition, there are features like the inertia switch and an auto engine immobilizer. In an exigency, the inertia switch automatically cuts off the fuel supply to the engine, unlocks all the doors and also switches on the hazard warning lights, warning other road users. The Safari Storme is also fitted with PES headlamps for better illumination and unwanted glare.

Looks & Style: An all-new upper and lower front look grill in Charcoal Grey and Ocean Grey (variant wise), gives the new Safari Storme a fresh powerful look. A new diamond motif has been adopted, to further create a classier effect, with ‘Storme’ now embossed in black, on the silver cladding of the hood of the vehicle. The roof rails of the new Safari Storme also sport subtle changes, adding to the sportiness of the vehicle.

The interiors of the SUV are now lifted by a Java Black colour theme, highlighted by a Warm Silver accents on the dashboard and door handles. The seat fabrics are designed to complement the interior with a fresh pattern on the insert and contrast stitching.

Opulence & Comfort: The luxurious and spacious interior of the new Safari Storme has ample leg space and headroom to accommodate a family of 5 in comfort, with plenty of luggage space for longer rides. The 5-Link Suspension with Coil Springs for the rear wheels, with double wishbone suspension at the front, adds to the ride comfort, with the new 260 mm diameter Self Adjusting Clutch enables seamless gear shifting, for a smooth ride.

The new Safari Storme has been updated with a newly integrated CONNECTNEXT Infotainment System by Harman™, along with Tata Motors new Signature Multi-Functional Steering Wheel, with integrated controls for added driver convenience.

Tata Motors has over 500 dealership touch points across the country and plans to open 200 outlets during this fiscal year. This is in continuation to the company’s objective of delivering world class ambience, purchase experience and high-quality of after-sales service. The company is focusing on enhanced customer engagement levels at the dealerships backed by technology-enabled sales, service and spare part support.

The range is available in four variants VX, EX and LX in five classy colors – Arctic Silver, Urban Bronze, Pearl White, Astern Black and Arctic White. The Safari Storme will also be offered with a warranty of 3 years or 100,000 kms, whichever is earlier, extendable upto 4 years or 150,000 kms.

The new Safari Storme has a range of accessories, designed and validated in-house, by Tata Motors Genuine Accessories. For outdoor enthusiast, Tata Motors Genuine Accessories also offers a range of camping equipment all of which can be purchased at all Tata Motors PV Dealerships.

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