Tata Motors is conducting road tests of the facelifted Safari SUV, which is set to launch in October. A recent sighting of a camouflaged test mule provides a clear view of the design changes. The updated Safari takes inspiration from the Harrier EV concept showcased at the Auto Expo. Apart from exterior updates, the SUV is expected to feature a revamped interior and a new turbo-petrol engine.
The latest spy images reveal a redesigned front fascia with a full-width LED DRL light bar and vertically positioned main headlamp clusters. The headlamp housing is blacked out, giving the front end a distinctive dual-tone appearance. The SUV also sports a new bumper and an all-new grille with slim horizontal slats. The profile remains largely unchanged, but the pictures showcase blacked-out twin five-spoke alloy wheels.
While the rear is heavily camouflaged, it is anticipated that the facelifted Safari will receive slimmer and connected LED tail-lamps, along with minor tweaks to the rear bumper. These design updates will likely be seen on the ICE-powered Harrier facelift as well.
Although the interior hasn’t been spotted yet, significant changes are expected. Tata has already introduced a new 10.25-inch touchscreen in the Harrier and Safari with the Red Dark Edition. However, additional modifications to the dashboard design are expected. The two-spoke steering wheel seen on the Nexon facelift test mule might also make its way into the Safari facelift.
The test mule spotted near Bengaluru had a KA number plate, suggesting it was being tested by a component manufacturer. This indicates that it could be the upcoming petrol powertrain or the all-electric version planned for a 2024 release. The petrol powertrain is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine producing 170hp and 280Nm of torque, previously showcased with the Curvv ICE concept. The existing 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine generating 170hp and 350Nm of torque will continue to be offered with manual and automatic transmission options.
Production of the Safari facelift is slated to commence in September 2023 at Tata’s Pimpri plant, with a market launch expected in October, just before Diwali. The updated Safari will compete with the 7-seat Mahindra XUV700 and the Hyundai Alcazar.
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