2021 Next Gen Safari vs Old Tata Safari Comparison – What’s Changed?
The Safari name is back in India and for enthusiasts that is a big thing since the Safari is known for its loyal fan following. The original Tata Safari is one of the most iconic SUV built in India. So how does New 2021 Safari compare to the old Safari? Like the Harrier, The New 2021 Safari is built on Tata’s New Global Advanced Architecture (OMEGARC) platform, which is based on Land Rover's D8 platform as compared to the X2 body on frame chassis for the old Safari. Despite sharing a name, these two Safari are drastically different under the skin. Is the new Safari a worthy replacement?
2021 New Tata Safari vs Old Safari - Exterior Design
The original Safari was a timeless classic in terms of design with its square lines and massive size. It has a external spare wheel mounted at the back while in later years it was removed. It had big headlamps along with a thick chrome strip. The new Safari is completely different with being much sportier. It is lower and smaller being based on the new platform from Land Rover being shared with the Harrier. The sleek headlamps and DRLs plus the sharp lines all look much more attractive if not as rugged as the old Safari.
2021 New Tata Safari vs Old Safari - Interior & Features
The old Safari even with its last models lacked any sort of modern day features including a touch screen or even a rear view camera. The design was simple and old-school while space was huge. The new Safari is much more modern and completely different with a newer design including a 8.8 inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and connected car technology, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, powered tailgate, climate control, rear view camera, panoramic sunroof, powered driver’s seat, premium audio system and more. In terms of practicality the new Safari is easier to get inside while the seats are more comfortable. The new Safari has two seating configurations - a 6-seater and a 7-seater unlike the old Safari which had side-facing jump seats at back. The 6 seater will be provided with two captain seats in the middle row while the latter will have a bench seat in the middle row with easy access to get to the third row.
2021 New Tata Safari vs Old Safari - Spec, Engine & Driving Performance
The old Safari had a petrol engine once but the main engine was always a diesel while the last version had the 2.2l turbo diesel engine producing 156 PS of power and 400 Nm of peak torque with only a manual gearbox. The new Safari gets only diesel engine, but is a brand new 2.0 diesel power sourced from Fiat with a lot more power with 170 bhp and 350 Nm of torque with a standard six speed manual transmission while a six-speed auto would be optional. The old Safari had 4x4 but the new one will not have 4x4 option at launch. However it will have traction modes and terrain modes.
2021 New Tata Safari vs Old Safari - Price, Launch Date
Around six years back the old Safari was expensive at Rs 13-15 lakh but the newer one with all the modern day features plus changes to the design along with nearly everything would be between Rs 15-22 lakh. The new 7 Seater Tata Safari is much more modern, practical, feature packed and better to drive hence it will carry on the legacy of the Safari name better with more success with the launch on 26th January,2021 and will rival the likes of MG Hector Plus and Next Gen 2021 Mahindra XUV500 launching soon
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