Tata Motors has launched a new range of its premium SUV, the Tata Safari. Besides the new look internally and externally, it is fitted with an indigenously developed direct injection common rail (DICOR) engine. Apart from being latest in diesel technology, the Safari Dicor has a power output of 115 PS and possess excellent torque of 300 Nm at low rpms. The dicor engine assures better power-to-weight ratio considering the near 2-tonne kerb weight of the SUV. The direct-injection turbo-charged engine of the 407 is a naturally aspirated version of sumo. The Safari Dicor is priced between Rs 7.83 lakh and Rs 12.70 lakh is available in three trim levels and 4X2 as well as 4X4 versions. The Safari Dicor compliments the current SUV range, consisting of the 135 PS Petrol and the 90 PS TCIC diesel variants.
Speaking at the launch of the safari dicor, Dr V Sumantran, executive director - passenger car business unit, Tata Motors said, "Tata Safari has always done well with customer appeal. With the launch of a new generation common rail engine, one of the long standing demands of our customers has been addressed .We have no doubt that with its current upgrade, the Safari would continue to endear itself to customers with a penchant for the outdoors." The SUV also features drive-by-wire technology, which enables electronically controlled throttle giving a smoother driving experience and quicker response. The safari with its 1948 cc turbo-charged engine met the Euro III emissions in Europe with regard to protection of the driver in the event of a full frontal collision. Also, the fact that Tata transported the safari to Europe shows companys plans for the safari, which has been selling in European countries including the UK Many features found on the safari dicors interior are taken from the limited edition safari launched in 2003.
The indigenously developed 3-litre, direct injection common rail diesel engine on the Safari Dicor delivers 115PS at 3000 rpm with a torque of 300 Nm at 1600-2000 rpm. The engineers have designed the head cylinder to incorporate the delphi multec 1600 common-rail system. This system is integrated with a 32-bit microprocessor, which electronically monitors and controls pressure at the time of fuel injection into the engine, ensuring a highly receptive and powerful performance and enhanced fuel efficiency. The safari has been entirely developed on CAD/CAM giving it extra features like accuracy and better control. The new Safari DICOR has greatly improved in terms of quality and finish, compared to 1998 safari, Which is very much evident form chrome plated front grill, large 16-inch alloy wheel rims, stylish bumpers with integrated fog lamps and crystal clear lights. In addition to this, it includes an aesthetically designed centre console, a new instrument panel, customised driver seat with height adjustment and lumbar support, leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel and a stylish gear lever knob complement the interiors of the Safari DICOR. The unique reverse guide system facilitates rear visibility while reversing the vehicle. The newly Safari Dicor offers comfort features like the Blaunpunkt DVD/MP3 player with dual LCD screens and a mobile/laptop port for rear passengers. Furthermore, it ensures convenience of the occupants through thoughtful features like a puddle lamp on the door, which lights up the ground beneath the doors at night to help in avoiding puddles. Other safety features of the Safari Dicor includes anti-submarine seats, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), three stage collapsible steering column, front airbags for both the driver and co-driver and demisters on the rear windscreen and side view mirrors. Strategically located crumple zones and side impact bars enhance protection during a collision.
The new safari dicor is available in seven appealing colours - Light Gold, Arizona Blue, Quartz Black, Arctic Silver, Passion Red, Arctic White and River Rock Green, the Safari DICOR is available through 131 dealerships across the country. The newly introduced changes in Safari makes it clear that Tata motors is more interested in utility vehicle range and this step is sure to help them to reach the position they want to be in.