Expert Review of Tata Safari Storme
Tata Motors is one of the oldest multinational automobile manufacturers in the country’s automobile sector. This company was established in 1954, but their first passenger car, Tata Indica was launched only in year, 1998. The company has its head office in the financial hub of Mumbai and are said to be the 18th biggest automobile maker in the world in terms of quantity. Their fleet of cars is full with remarkable vehicles, which are economically priced and are also low on maintenance. The biggest advantage of owning Tata Cars is that, all these vehicles are locally made and their spares are also easy on the pocket, which makes these cars very economical to sustain. The company has also acquired a few international companies and also has collaborations with other global car makers.
Their fleet of cars has sedans, SUVs and hatchbacks as well. One such powerfully built SUV from their acclaimed stable is Tata Safari. This SUV was first introduced in the Indian car market in year, 1998 equipped with a 2.0 litre turbo diesel power train. Tata Safari has undergone a few changes over the years in terms of its engine, exteriors and other features. It is one of the best selling SUV in the country’s automobile market since many years now. Looking at the ever increasing popularity and demand of this well built sports utility vehicle, the company has introduced a refined version, which is christened as Tata Safari Storme. This new version was first showcased in the 2012 Automobile Expo, which was held in the country’s capital, New Delhi. When compared to its older sibling, Tata Safari Storme is now larger and even lighter equipped with superior features and a proficient engine as well.
The entry level trim in this model lineup is the Tata Safari Storme LX variant, which is one of the most practical and feature laden variant. This trim has a front wheel drive and is integrated with some of the most impressive and straightforward comfort and safety features in it. The company has fitted this all wheel drive variant with a commanding 2.2 litre DiCOR (direct injection common rail) power train, which ensures enhanced driving dynamics along with better refinement and improvised response. There have been quite a few changes to its exteriors in comparison with its precursor, which are looking cultured and polished. While the interiors have been done up with élan and there is lots of luxuriousness and comfort in it.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The company has fitted this Tata Safari Storme LX trim with a 2.2 litre, Direct Injection Common Rail engine. This powerful and performance packed engine has also been equipped with four cylinders along with a variable turbine technology based turbocharger along with a 32 bit electronically controlled VTT VariCOR, which aids in better mileage and fuel efficiency. The company claims that this Tata Safari Storme LX trim can generate a healthy mileage in the range of 10 to 14.8 Kmpl, when driven in standard conditions and is quite reasonable for such a massive SUV.
The company is offering this Tata Safari Storme LX trim in quite a few lively and vibrant metallic exterior paint options. The list of these lustrous exterior paint options include an innovative Urban Bronze metallic finish option, a flamboyant looking Sardinia Red metallic finish, a sparkling and brilliant looking Pearl White metallic finish, an elegant and refined Pearl Champagne metallic finish option, a magnificent and charming Astern Black metallic finish option, a bright and refreshing Arctic White metallic finish and a dapper and graceful looking Arctic Silver metallic finish option as well.
Acceleration and Pick up
The power packed diesel mill equipped in this Tata Safari Storme LX trim ca displace close to 2179cc, which is incredible for the Indian road and traffic conditions. This commanding diesel engine has the ability to generate an influential power and torque output and lesser emission as well. This dynamic 2.2-litre diesel power train has the ability to attain a top speed in the range of 170 to 180 Kmph, which is rather thrilling for such a formidable and rugged SUV. On the other hand, this DICOR fuel supply system based diesel mill can propel this Tata Safari Storme LX trim from 0 – 100 Kmph in just about 15 to 16 seconds.
The designers of the reputed Tata Motor Group as well as the engineering department has left no stone unturned and have tried their best to make this latest 2012 Tata Safari Storme SUV look suave and stupendous. However the vehicle still gives you the same old feeling as the looks have not gone changed a lot, but has the same structure and bodyline. The Tata Safari Storme has undergone the scalpel to receive a few cosmetic changes to its exteriors, the vehicle has got a sleek new front fascia that is refined and looks superb. The front radiator grille has quite a lot of chrome treatment and a bonnet finisher that has ‘STORME’ lettering on it along with a large and prominent insignia of Tata which is embossed in the center of this grille. This frontage along with a brand new swept back headlight cluster, which is now powered with xenon lamps with clear lens projectors add to the stylishness of this latest addition. The body colored front bumper has a large air dam in the center of this front bumper, which assists in quicker cooling of the commanding diesel engine. The side profile is smooth and lustrous with body colored pull type door handles. The wheel arches of this Tata Safari Storme LX variant have been fitted with a robust set of 16 inch stylized steel wheels. The outside rear view mirrors are of body color and are now electrically controlled and this version also has tinted glasses to all the windows, which makes it look polished and sophisticated.
The rear end sees a significant change with the spare wheel disappearing underneath the chassis and this new version gets a brand new tail gate as well as a striking tail lamp cluster. The large rear windscreen makes it easy for the driver to keep a watch behind on the other vehicles. Other notable exterior features include chrome plated dual trapezoidal tail pipes and also a modish rear spoiler, which makes this new Tata Safari Storme look up market and muscular. The roof of this latest entrant has been affixed with a mounted antenna that helps in better reception of the Radio FM, while the roof also gets a pair of charcoal grey colored roof rails, which makes this SUV look energetic and polished. The all new Tata Safari Storme LX trim also has a tie down bar, which further adds to the looks of this new SUV. To add to the elegance of the rear end of this massive SUV, the company has also bestowed it with a chrome tail gate finisher with ‘TATA’ lettering, which is embossed on it. Then there are these elegant scuff plates on all the doors, which add to the gracefulness of this powerfully built SUV.
The entry level variant has been fitted with some of the most impressive and essential comfort features. This new SUV has a powerful and efficient HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. This latest entry level Tata Safari Storme LX has an adjustable power steering with mounted controls, all power windows with express down feature, external rear view mirrors that can also be electronically folded, remote central locking and many more such practical and impressive comfort features. Overall, this entry level trim, Tata Safari Storme LX has almost all the aspects, which an avid SUV enthusiast will expect with a powerful engine good enough, which can take on any terrain in the country. The designers from the company have really worked on the interiors as well, which are now lavish and highly developed when compared with the earlier version. The quality of material used for the insides is made of premium quality with new meter dials in the instrument cluster. The glove box is wider, while the cup holders are now ahead of the gear box, which makes it convenient for driver. The extremely comfortable seats have been upholstered with premium leather, while the steering as well as the gear knob also has leather covering. The dash board is much softer and this SUV also gets a Wenge wood finish on the center console. The overall interiors of this Tata Safari Storme LX trim are done up with Sahara Beige and sand stone beige combination, which is making it look elegant. There is also an elegant clock integrated in this SUV, while the deco finisher also gets the Wenge wood finish to it. There is a stowage recess and also a stowage bin with a hinged lid above the center stack.
The overall dimensions are also changed and this base level Tata Safari Storme LX variant is looking bigger and better. The total height of this colossal SUV is 4655mm along with an overall width of 1965mm, which also includes the footsteps and the external rear view mirror. The total height of this Tata Safari Storme LX trim is about 1922mm and it also has a liberal and roomy wheel base of 2650mm. The minimum ground clearance of this new SUV is 200mm, which is quite incredible, while the turning radius of this massive SUV is 10.8 meters.
Under the hood, this entry level Tata Safari Storme LX variant gets a 2.2-litre, direct injection common rail engine, which will displace close to 2179cc that is quite good for the country’s road and traffic conditions. This engine has been fine tuned to generate lesser NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) and better fuel efficiency. This impressive power plant also gets a dual overhead cam shaft and a variable turbine technology based turbocharger along with a 32 bit electronically controlled VTT VariCOR. This influential power train has the ability to generate a peak power output of 137.20bhp at 4000rpm and a maximum torque of 320Nm at 1700 – 2700rpm. This commanding diesel engine has been skillfully mated with a smoother G76 MKII 5-Speed manual transmission gear box for smoother and efficient gear shifts.
The company has bestowed the pronounced yet neatly carved out wheel arches of this entry level Tata Safari Storme LX variant with a sturdy and tough set of 16 inch steel wheels. These modish steel rims have been further covered with sturdy tubeless radial tyres of size 235/70 R16 that also gives this Tata Safari Storme LX trim, a very sporty and formidable look. The company has also provided a full spare wheel, which is fitted under the SUV and is a standard features across all the trims.
This entry level Tata Safari Storme LX trim has been bestowed with a new sturdy suspension for the front axle, which is an independent double wish bone type mechanism along with a coil spring over the front shock absorbers. The rear axle gets a 5-link suspension with coil springs, which assists to keep this massive SUV well balanced and stable.
Handling and Control
Apart from this robust suspension mechanism, the company has also fitted a proficient braking system to this SUV, which is also very adept with a vacuum assisted independent hydraulic braking system and ventilated disc brakes for both the front as well as the rear wheels. This new SUV also comes with a long list of safety features, which include an anti lock braking system (ABS) along with an electronic brake force distribution (EBD) system as well along with an emergency brake assist, side impact bars for added protection from the sides, a highly advanced engine immobilizer to avoid any unauthorized entries inside the car, a motorized head lamp adjustment, central locking along with child locks for the rear doors and many more such impressive safety aspects. Then this entry level trim also has quite a few notifications and warning lamps such as a seat belt unfastened warning lamp, a door open warning lamp, a head lamp on notification lamp along with a lot more other protective features for the safety of the occupants.
Remarkable exteriors, interiors are good, a powerful diesel engine and pick up.
Engine noise, vibration and harshness can be decreased, mileage should be better, a few more features can be added.