Tata Safari Storme Highlights
Tata Safari has gained a lot of popularity in the Indian market. However, the homegrown SUV eventually fell short on sales, especially due to its not so great engineering and looks. The brand realized that Safari needed a new design. This is when Tata Safari Storme was launched. The car now comes with new interiors. The dashboard and the doors now get soft grain plastic. The clocks have also been redesigned. The space inside the cabin hasn’t changed much, but the seats are now more comfortable than before. The car also has good visibility at the front. The Storme could also have done with a little more equipment, better-designed stowage spaces and a more usable last row for seating. The jump seats in the boot are useless for most practical purposes, leaving this hulking beast of an SUV a five-seater.
Tata Safari Storm is powered by the 2.2-liter diesel engine (now called VariCOR). The engine is neither sluggish nor energetic. The engine only comes alive past the 1500rpm mark and along with gear shifts that need some effort. The Storme can be a lot of hard work in stop and go traffic. As far as handling goes, the Safari still rolls quite a bit around corners; understeers if turned in hard; wallows and skips if the corner is bumpy, and the steering doesn’t tell you a whole lot either. But, as was the case with the older Safari, it rides fantastically well. A bumpy road, pot holes or no roads at all, the Storme simply smoothens out everything for you. You can feel little vibration seeping through on really bad sections, but the suspension works quietly and never thumps you around.
Now, the Safari Storme might look largely the same as the older car, but it is a new generation model. The ladder frame is all new. The underpinnings have been significantly revised and apart from the doors, all other body panels are new as well. It gets new projector-type headlamps, a wide chrome grille, and a less curvaceous body. Safari Strome weighs about 80kg less than the previous model. The Storme also gets wider track lengths both front and back, revised suspension setup and a sharper and more precise rack-and-pinion steering along with better brakes compared to the latter.