2015 Tata Safari Storme 4×4 Facelift Review

Opening of Tata Safari

‘Make in India’ may be fashionable now, but Tata Motors was one of the first companies to work on it two decades ago. Back in 1998, they were the first to produce an SUV that was totally planned, developed, and manufactured in-house, making the Tata Safari one of India’s longest-running brands.

It had a one-of-a-kind appeal because of its street presence, as it was ahead of its time and options were limited. The Tata Safari had an upgrade three years ago in the form of Storme, which included a new chassis and improved interiors, but the competition has become much stiffer than before, thanks to the advancement of many companies in the SUV market.

Tata Motors has given the Tata Safari Storme a facelift in order to make it appear more equipped and competitive. Will it, however, be sufficient to make it a real contender in the modern SUV war? We discover the truth.

Exterior Appearance: Tata Safari

At the time of its launch, it didn’t appear to be anything. Because of its masculine posture, gritty feel, and enormous proportions of bodywork, the Tata Safari had a very distinct appeal. But then again, it’s been there for 17 years and the overall shape hasn’t changed. Even the latest Storme generation couldn’t vary from the original design.

Unfortunately, except from a reworked radiator grille that takes inspiration from Land Rover SUVs, the facelift receives no significant changes. It appears to be better than the prior edition, but not to the point of being completely different. It’ll keep getting projector headlights with clear lenses for fog lights. Storme is carved on the boot lip with a powerful chorme bar.

The 2650mm wheelbase is also unchanged. External mirrors are chrome-plated and include integrated turn indicators. The LX 4×2 is equipped with 235/75 R15 tyres, whereas the EX and VX have larger 235/70 R16 tyres. The Varicor badge is the only thing new on the side. Apart from the new badges, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the previous and new versions.

Tata Safari front receives a larger change than the side, which receives a smaller change, but the back receives no change at all. In truth, it’s the same as the previous edition. The number of modifications in the current edition is still insufficient to merit the facelift label. The anticipation for the impending Storme facelift were sky high after the Bolt and Zest, but they weren’t quite realised.

Interior appearance: Tata Safari

Those who have always criticised Tata Safari’s inside will no longer have a valid cause to do so. The differences are minor on the outside, but the new Storme has a more modern and luxury inside with more convenient centred amenities.

To begin, the new trademark style steering wheel is a nice change inside the 2018 Storme because it seems more like a car to drive than a commercial vehicle. This has had an impact on how it operates. I’ll go into more detail about this in the review’s performance section. The redesigned steering wheel includes controls for the audio system as well as Bluetooth telephony; I’m delighted they listened to my long-awaited demand.

The latest improvements appear to have given the Storme a new lease of life. A sleek gloss strip runs the length of the front dashboard. The redesigned Storme’s central console is the star of the show, with more functions and a single DIN music system incorporated into the console. Unlike the previous version’s Bluetooth receiver, this one can also stream music. Although the operational aspect may be improved, it is still a valuable feature.

To top it off, Tata Motors offers a Harman premium music system with enhanced playback quality. It is not the most user-friendly unit, but with practise, one may get used to it. With a chrome circle surrounding it, the air-conditioning knobs are similar. The iPod and Aux-in connections are located on the console’s bottom. To complement it, a chrome treatment is applied to the logo. The classy analogue watch that was positioned between the central air-conditioning vents has been removed.

Lighter trims have been replaced with a deeper tint that is more inviting. The seat fabric has also been replaced with a more luxurious fabric. The level of comfort has also increased. Leathers were expected to come standard on this model. The cabin’s spaciousness has been preserved. There is still no under-thigh support in the back seats. At the back, there are jump seats, which are ideal for children.

It has a spacious glovebox, litre class space on the door trims, a tiny pocket on the console, and one large cup holder between the front seats, among other storage choices. The rear armrest has been redesigned to include two foldable cup holders as well as a storage tray.

Driven by Results: Tata Safari

The mechanical components of the New Tata Safari Storme have been upgraded with a 10 PS power boost. Tata Motors has used the same engine featured on the Aria in the new Storme, resulting in enhanced power output. At 4000 rpm, the 2.2L DOHC engine now produces 150 horsepower. At 320Nm, the torque figures remain the same. They’ve also kept the GBS76 5-speed manual transmission.

Surprisingly, the motor’s acoustics have improved, and it no longer sounds like a fatigued rhino; outside noise levels have decreased dramatically as a result of increased noise insulation and a streamlined engine. The ignition key is also all new, with additional buttons, making it look like it belongs in a Rs 14 lakh SUV rather than the previous affordable hatchback.

The 10PS increase in power did not fully transform its performance, but it did make it easier to drive. Shifting is easier with the lighter clutch. In city traffic, the manual transmission continues to have a sluggish reaction and is exhausting to use. On highways, where the Storme is at ease, the situation is slightly better.

The revised steering wheel, as indicated in the interiors, has improved the handling of this beast of a car due to its lower diameter and easier accessibility. It can turn more freely and has a better-bolstered support to aid in quick manoeuvring.

The dashboard has been updated, and a more luxurious central console has been installed. They also borrowed the steering wheel from the Zest / Bolt, which is good, but I’m curious as to why Tata Motors didn’t steal the touchscreen infotainment system and update the antiquated instrument cluster as well. Even the Nano has a cluster that is more modern.

The suspension system is comparable to that of the previous model. In the front, it has a double wishbone suspension, and in the back, it has a coil spring type 5 link rigid axle suspension. The 200mm ground clearance is sufficient on rough areas. Although the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster offer equal ground clearance, these small SUVs cannot compete with the Tata Safari, especially with its larger engine and more capable 4×4 system with limited slip differential.

Even while the handling has improved, there is still enough body roll to be concerned about. Its tall body style is one of the key reasons for its clumsy handling. It feels rather stiff to shift its stance on fast bends or quick overtaking manoeuvres. Even at greater speeds, though, it seems in control since the disc brakes have enough bite to stop momentum without causing an unnatural behaviour.

We weren’t able to test it for an extended period of time, therefore we couldn’t compute its mileage. Officials from the company claim that efficiency has increased. They’ve also added a 63-liter gasoline tank (up from 55-liters on the previous model), giving it a longer range than previously.

Conclusion: Tata Safari

The extended wait for the New Tata Safari Storme facelift had everyone speculating about the various upgrades it might receive. The new grille is a little improvement, but it does give a strong hint about the future. The newly remodelled interiors provide a more stimulating environment. The car’s tough qualities have been preserved.

When compared to its arch-rival, the Mahindra Scorpio, the latter appears to be more mature, with a completely revised front and back. Projector headlights, cornering lights, DRLs, and LED tail lights are all included. Even in terms of features and performance, the Scorpio outperforms the previous model, as Mahindras worked tirelessly to ensure that the new model raises the bar even higher.

With their brand new Horizonext philosophy, Tata Motors has displayed a sign of transformation in the New Storme. The Zest, Bolt, and the recently released GenX Nano are proof of this. They’ve also demonstrated the Nexon and Hexa ideas, both of which appear to be highly promising. Are you curious as to how this relates to the Tata Safari Storme?

The facelift is primarily intended to keep the vehicle competitive with its competitors. In the not-too-distant future, the new grille represents a technological cooperation between Tata Motors and Land Rover. Both firms are expected to share the Discovery Sport platform, which will serve as the foundation for the next-generation Tata Safari Storme. Consider it a new beginning of a Raging Storme until then.

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