Indian SUV maker, Tata Motors, is finally getting the show on the road. An auto website recently caught the upgraded Tata Safari Storme’s test mule on Pune roads. This upgrade comes after the car was launched in 2012.
The Tata Safari, needless to say, has many loyalists but when the Tata Safari Storme was launched at the Auto Expo 2012 it had lost a lot of the market as people had become tired waiting for a product, which was originally slated for a 2007 release. By then the SUV market had got more entrants. Now, it is up for an upgrade. With this, the company is looking to offer some competition to the likes of the Mahindra XUV500. Their plan is to bring a more powerful version of the Storme and also one with automatic transmission.
Speaking about power, the existing version of the Storme gives 140bhp and 320Nm from its 2.2L Varicor diesel motor and the new one is expected to be bumped up by 20bhp more. So, now, you get a potent machine which delivers figures of 160bhp and a massive 400Nm torque from a more powerful version of the engine as seen in the international Aria. The existing Safari Storme borrows a lot of its features, including its chassis from the Aria.
The Tata Safari has been popular with the masses for the space and comfort it offers its customers. Storme has retained all the qualities of the previous gen Safari and has in fact, added more. With the launch of the refreshed Storme, it will be a comfortable and capable off-roader.
In terms of features, the new Storme is going to make sure that it can give its customers better features than the competition. The car will feature a premium sound system by Harman Kardon along with amplifiers, sub woofers and surround speakers. Armed with this feature, the new Storme will be counted among the few cars to have a music system designed especially for them.
Apart from the additional features, it is the automatic transmission which is making news. The feature is not something new, most premium SUV carmakers are now going down this route, but what is important is that the XUV500 does not have one as yet. This could make it a very good choice for city driving and also enhance its commandeering presence on the roads.