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Power output at 115PS was not lighter and music system are obstructed by so much of an issue as refinement was and the gear shifter. In small rotary dial to activate four-wheel-drive is more akin head lamp beam adjust knob. While the average life span perature gauge integrated within the large better. Design VTT Dicor with 140PS and 320Nm of torque. the fish eye lens above the rear number Old bottle. Door handles are vents than a multiplex so chill downs hap- less than easy to use. the country’s support for the back. but things have just odo and speedo and fuel gauge and tem- which should make things moved on since. with customary wash being all that it takes Style That’s what the fuss is about. Twin jump appeal of the Safari has been retained. In the latest go-round generous head room and large comfortable the Safari gets a new grille and skid plate at seats. a clear indication that this ageing war. The dismal quality levels motor. The ashtray. seats add to the accommodation tally. The butch and macho furnishes a drink holder. With design and development.2-litre DICOR motor to rejuve. Parking sensors would work how the huge SUV still manages to look much better even while accounting for the contemporary. remained unchanged. The rather plasticky steer- offered a new engine of Indian automotive ing wheel has very limited rake adjust. The height adjustable first SUV. with an array of switches for along with a couple of well needed cosmetic fog lamps. Tata Safari 2. the instrument binnacle looks spartan. Now Tata has been at the cutting edge driving position. pen in super quick mode. november 2007 OVERDRIVE 119 . plate provides little perspective of proxim- Nine years is a long time so it’s surprising ity to obstacles. The pseudo wood centre console now In 2005 the Safari was given a transplant gets two-tone beige finish. the first to stick footboard rubber panels tell the story. The fit and finish aspect hasn’t been paid The Safari seems to have more air-con much attention to however. While the basic shape has bulge of the spare. Rahul Ghosh of a design is about six to seven years. fuel lid opener et al.2 VtT DICOR DICOR mantra W Even with the previous ay back in 1998 the Tata The large seat squab is inviting with splendid 115PS. might have driver’s seat is handy for driver to set ideal for juice. The design is in form of a 3-litre common rail oil burner unchanged.. new cork. sole and the deep door pockets. a new 2. A Photography: Sirish Chandran fact last year’s Safari output was the highest more macho unit placed prominently would ever. the doors need mus. Tata Motors has finally addressed seem out of sync for an expensive SUV. this. Another irritant is the hard she desperately needed a more driveable to locate key fob. every sucessive face.. But the camera images can be decep- Style & Design tive. is endowed with a reversing camera that projects images on to the right corner of the mirror. The checks out the reality. The top end ver- cular shove for them to shut. upgrades. Individual LCD screens raise the enter- the front and a new spare wheel cover and tainment quotient while the central arm rest tail lamp at the rear. The roomy boot visage that in essence embodies the core offers cavernous loading space. yawning gaps sion also gets twin airbags up front and ABS between panels and the visible adhesive used adding to the Safari safety quotient. the Safari yearned Safari. be a big improvement. Indian ‘Pajero’ is now in its ninth year and still clicking respectable sales numbers. Indian SUV to be subjected to a full frontal The Safari’s paint work is top notch however crash test. The Safari nated the beast. The large bucket seat up front is comfy. replacing the LCV-derived engine with Storage space abounds on the centre con- a brand new 2. At the rear. passengers are pampered lift has focused on sharpening her nose and with 910mm of knee room in tandem with rounding off the tail. horse is still alive and kicking.2-litre to get her agleam.

. Ground head to keep check on weight and spherical The Safari engine is mated to a 5-speed clearance at a massive 205mm makes sure skirts have been used for improved stiffness. the atrocious. Voila.. manual transmission with revised ratios there’s nothing to fear from urban craters Injectors are now vertically positioned to to take care of the stronger torque curve. In fact Tata Motors reinstalled ble wishbones with anti roll bars and tor. refinement with driveability bordering on Up front the Safari is endowed with dou. heavily or. The engine tall stance. bars do duty. The Safari continues with the body on lad.. steps out at the Aluminium has been used in the cylinder rear. ensure better swirl in the chamber for bet. However has been designed with inputs from AVL of the anti-roll bars do keep things in check Austria while the fuel injection system has on body roll count. which keeps cost in check. enter the new 2. compliance. test Chassis & Suspension Engine & Transmission Minor changes to take into account Far better but not the best. The Safari had an engine swap two years ago.0-litre turbo-charged diesel unit sion bars. power at 4000rpm and torque of 320Nm Cornering is not a virtue given the Safari’s in the 1700-2700rpm band.. Definitely not recommended. However shifts are as vague and rubbery as Chassis ter combustion which in turn enables better before with long throws and not much preci- Suspension performance and economy. Glow plugs are sion to the shift action.2-litre ken stretches with aplomb much to the joy of VVT DICOR. if so provoked. in form of the 3. now ECU controlled and make for quicker As before the Borg & Warner 4WD trans- cold start ups. the old 2. However to hydraulic shock absorbers and anti roll that was never going to work in the long run. However it was low on capabilities appropriate for big butch SUV.0-litre engine from the 407 der frame set-up. Ride quality truly is a Safari This direct injection common-rail motor forte and she is hard to beat in context of long displaces 2179cc and churns out 140PS of distance mile munching. She tends to understeer been developed jointly with Delphi. At the rear coil springs coupled in response to customer demand. 2 the passengers. With her massive 235/70 R16 especially with the prescribed emissions 1 Dueller tubeless tyres the Safari handles bro. in fact it could feel nervy. the lighter engine. light truck albeit with revisions and com- while also ensuring the rugged off-roading mon-rail injection. fer box is offered as an option with shift-on- 120 OVERDRIVE november 2007 . and holes.

Three-point turns are a veritable nightmare november 2007 OVERDRIVE 121 . Thanks to the mammoth 320Nm of twist. ash tray and lighter.44 lakh on-road in Pune. the benefit of the reversing camera. refinement and on-road dynamics the revs rise up. That makes for 13. reversing Still not a rubber burner. Yes.2 VTT DICOR. a defi- Engine nite no-no.. her large 6-metre turning circle than desirable but definitely better than in sticky situations but with the size and necessitating a look-before-you-U-turn pre. good air-con and individual LCD screens make the Safari rear seats a cool place to hang out in. 2007 Safari 2..27seconds Tata Motors. In city she fully loaded with split air-con. A new Safari by next year? Don’t a 0-100kmph time of 16. speed of 153. 17. the-fly four-wheel-drive. Gear shifter obstructs stereo. The ABS works well and she held on play a huge role and it’s here that the Safari high revs are more intrusive than desirable. 2003 Limited edi- power is available above the 1500rpm band tion gets Playstation & VCD player. This marks a huge improvement and a welcome addition to the Safari repertoire.but factors like moth gets moving at its own sweet pace as working over to handle her enhanced capa. 3.61 seconds and top using up 50. the Tata DICOR engine still has a long way to go and large scope for improvement. Superb leg room and head room. caution on crowded city streets. camera and the 4WD option. In fact she will comfortably pot- TATA Safari: the ‘Indian Pajero’ ter around in-city in fourth gear provided the revs are kept above 1500rpm. In terms of refinement. 2001 Safari in new EX variant. wheel gets a bit heavy at low speed. brings into the picture the Ford Endeavour up the engine and the initial diesel clatter The Safari uses 302mm ventilated discs and the soon-to-be-launched Chevrolet subsides once the engine warms up. still less bet against it.32 seconds. But beware it doesn’t put spare wheel in the view.23kmpl with the air-con on DVD player with LCD screens integrated into Performance while on the highway she returned a lavish the front head rests. In 4rth she took 16. At this price image counts . However the not very interesting aspect remains to be the roll on times. quality. With a 65-litre tank she has a range of 12.39 seconds to get to 100kmph from 40 and in fifth she man- aged it in 27. Blaupunkt returned 12. 1998 Safari launched with 90PS turbo-diesel motor.which first.32 metres of black top. it feels crude and crass. before.2 VtT DICOR 3 1. And working on it is But she does get up to speed quickly enough. The steering Performance mac rather than off it. Fire 889km on tankful. look carefully and you can see Ashish in there. Note the teeny 4WD transfer switch left of the steering. weight of the Safari things are better on tar.0 DICOR engine.3kmph proving this mammoth is more than fleet enough. leather seats. Noise and vibration levels at bilities. Summing it up Transmission Where the new Safari has betters her The top of the line version we tested comes predecessor is in fuel economy. with Captiva. It adds up to Rs The Safari is no burn-out champion but all. Compared to other common-rail engines. She comes needs some working on.99kmpl. let go the clutch and the two-ton behe. 2. a price tag that exudes mile munching virtues instead. the entire braking system being given a the Safari is imbued with .67kmpl over. Four-low is a boon in the Safari. to dead halt from 100kmph in 3. to a straight line in our brake tests. Shift into up front and 295mm drums at the rear. 2005 Safai with 3. Plastics are dissonant with the hefty price tag. Tata Safari 2. in all gears.

being an Ride quality excellent mile muncher. central locking. Design & Style Tester’s notes ing.3 Suspension 50-60 2.2 VTT DICOR Rs 12.34s 3. approx.43 4th 1.25 GEAR RATIO OVERALL RATIO KMPH/1000RPM 2nd 2.57s 3.10 15.10 16. power a little more life to the Safari.157 39. Gear shift remains notchy.77 3.96 .com on road Pune.99s torsion bars. Only if Tata shift-on-the-fly 4WD.48s/148.75 Rpm@90kmph in 4th 2662 Chassis & Body PERFORMANCE 1st 4.99 Kmph 4 5 40 119 160 12.71s 7.1 Reverse Gear Ratio 3. especially in Dynamic ability terms of mileage.48s Handling Average www.37 5.27s Wheels 6.67 40-50 3. dual Powertrain air-con.23 13. rear wash and wipe.43 lakh. music better than its previous avatar.2 7.61 .62s 5.5J X 16. alloys 0m 10m 20m 30m 40m 50m 60m 70m 80m Tyres 235/70 R16 tubeless Steering Power Overall ratio 18. It’s definitely Fuel efficiency mirrors. ABS Rear 295mm drums 80-0kmph 32.3kmph 3rd 1. reversing camera.22s 1 3 5 Front Double wishbone. The new 2.61 .45s 2 4 Rear Coil springs anti 80-90 2.2:1 Max Power 140PS@4000rpm Max Torque 320Nm@1700-3200rpm Max engine speed 4500rpm PS/Litre 63PS/litre Power/Weight 64. 7 9. test Road Test No.10 33.8 153. 52 .73s 3.15s 37. 122 OVERDRIVE november 2007 . Blaupunkt DVD player. driver and passenger SRS airbags. Driver appeal Safety Second opinion Interiors Ride quality was always the Safari’s forte Suspension and this variant doesn’t 7 9 5 4 sec Layout Ladder type 0s 5s 10s 15s 20s 25s 30s 35s 40s Body/Frame body on ladder frame Brakes Front 302mm ventilated BRAKING Control Average Brake Feel Average Overall Brake Rating Average discs.2 in kmph roll bar 75% 25% city Highway OVERALL Fuel tank capacity 65 litres Range 889km 20-80kmph in 3rd 56. alloy wheels. 27 .7 Turning circle dia 6m 17.61s Ride V Good OVERALL RATING Tata Safari 2.23 ACCELERATION 0-400m: 15. power windows.78s Assist Type NA 100-0kmph 50. In terms of fit and Braking finish and dynamic ability her age is showing. ABS.4 . 5 5.51PS/ton Fuel diesel Drivetrain Transmission 5-speed manual Final Drive Ratio 4.81 8.00 4. The new engine is also Handling a massive improvement though in this day and Steering age it’s just about average.81 kmph 0 4050 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 5th 0. door ajar/ seatbelt warn.61s/139. tripmeter. Creature comforts could rejuvinate the dated looks. Top speed 153.93s 69.58m/2.26s True speed Indicated speed Maintenance Oil/Filter Change 15000 Basic Warranty 2 years/ 75000km which ever earlier TESTER’S RATINGS Instrumentation & Equipment Tachometer.3kmph Braking Average SPECIFICATIONS GENERAL DATA Engine Type 2.9:1 FUEL ECONOMY (kmpl) ROLL ON GEAR SPEED Turns lock to lock 2. 0-400m 15.42s 3. adjustable steering. fog lamps. 610 Price as tested 0-100 kmph 16.32m/3. system.2 engine has to some extent gifted Performance immobiliser. Borg & Warner Space Ride is good and the AC fantastic.2 VTT DICOR Seating capacity 7 Made of Aluminium alloy head Shoulder space 1480mm Boot space 981litres Cylinders 4 Kerb weight 2170kg Installation Transverse Ground clearance 205mm Valvetrain 16 Valve All dimensions are in mm Displacement 2179 Bore x Stroke 85mmX96mm Comp Ratio 17. 70-80 2. 60-70 2.61 24. twin LCD screens in front headrests.58kmph Standing 1km: 37.58s 73 138 Gear speeds 90-100 2.8 131. 43 .27 11 13 16 23 29 19 37 4.9 111.22 9.