Tata Safari Storme Performance & Overview

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Tata Safari Storme Overview

Tata’s facelift version of Safari with an additional suffix ‘Storme’ was first launched in 2012. To Tata’s disappointment, the overhauled version failed to appeal to the masses unlike the regular avatar which ruled for long. To inveigle larger audiences, Tata rolled out special editions followed by facelift versions and a new more powerful variant. Albeit, the quick overhauls could not do any good to the SUV falling short in the thick of rivals. Exteriors are hulking, but they do not appeal for some reason. Interiors are spacious and surprisingly better styled than outside. Feature list includes most of the equipment seen on rivalling SUVs, although it misses out on some fitments. Power comes from a 2.2 litre, DOHC VTT, VARICOR diesel powertrain paired to a manual gearbox. For more info on car loans visit Fincarz.

Tata Safari Storme Design & Style

When it was launched in 2012, Tata Safari Storme was clearly a next generation product in its own right with an all-new hydroformed chassis, improved engine and new interiors but the designers settled for a philosophy that was too close to its predecessor (which is being sold alongside). In their defense, Tata Motors officials stated that the core character of the design was kept intact to retain the loyalty old car commanded from off road enthusiasts. This strategy may have given the new gen SUV a reasonably stable monthly sales figure but it never really helped the bottom line. In short, we think not being distinctive enough is Safari Stome’s Achilles heel

The grille and secondary air dam get different meshing and that’s pretty much it.Unfortunately, with the facelift, the company has missed another great opportunity to impart a fresh appeal into the off roader. Unless both pre-facelift and newer versions are parked side by side, one would be hard pressed to point out the visual differences..So what has changed? The front grill and secondary air dam receive new black honey comb meshing instead of chrome finished vertically-oriented rectangular elements and the ‘STORME’ typeface on the chrome grille headliner is now black in color. The roof rails are no more color coordinated and that’s where exterior visual changes end.

Tata Safari Storme Cabin & Comfort

A somewhat similar story is the case with the new Safari Storme’s interior too. There are a few elements that are familiar, though the dashboard is all-new. The quality of the interiors is, however, much improved. With better quality faux leather on the seats and better finished plastic panels adorning the entire cabin, and the beige and light brown colour theme, the interior certainly feels more plush than before. But, small air-con vents, compact knobs and controls and a barren dashboard mean that the interior is quite bereft of the ruggedness that the exterior exudes.

The interior is however, quite cheery with a lot of light pouring in thanks to the large glass area. I found the driver’s seat rather too firm and while shifting to find a more comfortable position, I could hear the springs creak and complain. Seats for the rear passengers are comfier and are almost like the captain seats of the front, but better padded. However, since they are set high and since the window glass cuts low, there is very little room for privacy for rear passengers. Two jump seats can form part of the third row of seats, as part of optional fitment. There is enough headroom though, thanks to the two-step roof.

Tata Safari Storme Engine & Gearbox

This is where the difference lies. To bump up the power and torque figures of the 2179cc engine, Tata engineers had to strengthen the cylinder block, head, pistons, main bearings and fine-tune the injectors and the turbocharger. As a result, the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine now produces 153.8bhp and 400Nm of torque. Although power has gone up just 6bhp, the torque figure has increased by a massive 80Nm. Tata has mated this motor to a new 6-speed manual gearbox.Check for  Safari Storme in Agropedia

The improvements are apparent as soon as you start the car. The idle is quite smooth and vibrations are reduced too. You still experience turbo lag below 1800rpm but it doesn’t feel dead and even the turbo kicks in a pretty linear fashion. Tata has also employed shorter ratios on the new 6-speed gearbox which has reduced the number of gearshifts and has made the Storme less cumbersome at slow speeds. The additional power and a tall sixth gear also means that the Storme feels relaxed on the highway and at 100kph the engine is doing a meagre 2000rpm. The new 6-speed gearbox though a marked improvement over the older unit still feels a bit unpolished and transfers a fair amount of engine vibrations to your palm.

Our VBOX timing gear confirmed the improvements and the Varicor 400 turned out to be faster than we expected. The 0-100kmph sprint took a scant 12.9 seconds which makes it more than a second faster than the old car. In-gear times are even better thanks to the shorter gearing with 20-80kmph in third taking 10.27 seconds (3.1sec faster) and 40-100kmph in fourth coming up in 12.26 seconds (2.2 seconds quicker).

Tata Safari Storme Driving Dynamics

In this regard, the facelifted Tata Safari Storme has improved quit a bit. A lot of it an be credited to the new steering wheel. It is now nice hold and has been positioned a lot better too thanks to which you don’t really have to be Mr. Fantastic to negotiate a u-turn. And then the tall seating, that ensures absolute visibility on all four corners, further aids ease of driving. Clutch effort is easy too which makes it that much easier to drive in traffic. There is no change in the suspension setup and we don’t really mind that as the outgoing model too had a great ride quality. The car glides over potholes and broken roads with ease, but the kickback from on the steering wheel can still be felt. And then the high ground clearance comes of good use when negotiating such surfaces too.

Handling was never the Safari Storme’s strongest points and that is mainly considering its height and high centre of gravity. Show it a series of bends and the weight of the car is evident. Moreover, there is ample of body roll due to which you don’t feel amply confident. However, grip levels from the 16-inch 235/70 section tyres is good. As far as braking is concerned, the four disc brakes work well enough especially for a car this big and heavy. It might not be the sharpest, but it is reliable nonetheless. For more information/price on Tata Safari Storme check AutoZhop

Tata Safari Storme Safety & Security

Dual front airbags and ultrasonic reverse guide system with graphical display in music system LCD screen are standard on high end trims. Clear lens fog lamps and rear fog lamps with reflex reflector are left out in the entry level variant. Standard safety equipment across line-up includes side impact bars, crumple zones, engine immobilizer, motorised head lamps adjustment, central locking and child safety lock, anti-glare-rear-view mirror. Door open warning, key-out warning for headlamps On and seat belt unfastened warning.

Tata Safari Storme Cost in Pune

Tata Safari Storme On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 13,26,358 to 18,90,928 for variants Safari Storme Lx Refreshed and Safari Storme VX Refreshed 4×4 400 NM respectively. Tata Safari Storme is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Tata Safari Storme variants price in Pune. Check for Safari Storme price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Tata Safari Storme Round Up

Storm is best affordable SUV available in market, the things which has to be looked upon are interior quality of plastic used, include gizmos that are currently offered by other manufacturers, improve the fit and finish of interior and exterior.It may not be much refined, fast and luxurious as modern Off-Roader built by other high end SUV manufacturer, but it can keep up to the trail behind them. And can provide value for money for years.

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