Tata Safari Storme (2012-2015)
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Tata Safari Storme (2012-2015) Overview
Safari Storm is based on its sibling ARIA’s X2 Platform which has more strong Hydro formed Chassis sections, new 2.2 liter,16 valve DOHC Common Rail Direct injection diesel Engine named VARICOR with Variable Turbine Technology and new G76 MarkII Gearbox. It is lighter than its predecessor model to improve fuel Efficiency, and as this car has been made with European countries launch in its mind so it has been developed to comply EuroNCAP safety standard in mind.
Launched at 2012 Auto Expo initially supposed to be named Merlin (Rumour) is well versed in terms of features and equipment, it comes with luxurious interiors loaded with some of the best-in-class features which include ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution as standard in all models, Roof mounted rear AC, Approach lights, seat belt unfastened warning, 3-positon lumber support in seats.
Tata Safari Storme (2012-2015) Exterior
The side view of the car is not much changed from its previous model, the notable changes present are the wheel arches has gone bolder, similarly side door mouldings. Window line not very much sloping up, an inclined C-pillar, and a little bit up hinged 3rd row window, choice of 2 roof rails colour, charcoal grey and straight silver with a lip spoiler aids to the aesthetic of the SUV.
Moving on to rear, it has been completely redesigned and has got spectacular new view, the first noticeable change is removal of spare wheel from back and has been tucked under C cabin.
The most eye grabbing part is the new Black rear door moulding which says about car name and trim and is also underlined by a chrome strip which has TATA engraved on it. New twin chrome plated exhaust is suitably placed in the rear black and body colour split bumper gives the SUV a sporty feel.
Tata Safari Storme (2012-2015) Interior
The instrument cluster is larger than previous model analogue dials with bright white illumination. The easy-to-read dial’s cluster is covered in black rims. The instrument console also houses switches for AC, a cigarette lighter and a Drive Selector Knob (VX) for 4H, 4L and 2L drive settings. The centre console also went swept past the front seats, and has got AC vents for 2nd row passengers and a mobile charging point.
In terms of cabin space, the STORM offers ample legroom and headroom for all passengers. The dual tone interior adds to the cabin appearance neat, bigger and airy with roof mounted AC vents. The SUV gets 3 way adjustable lumber supports for the front seat and a two-step inclining 60:40 2nd row seats and 3rd row foldable jump seats. The seats are fabric and offer adequate support in the right areas.
Tata Safari Storme (2012-2015) Engine & Transmission
The power output produced by engine is 140bhp at 4000rpm and torque figures are 320nm at 1700-2700rpm controlled by a 32bit processor.
There is a choice of two drive trims being offered 4X2 (LX, EX, VX) and 4X4 (VX). The layout arrangement is longitudinal front engine rear wheel drive and longitudinal front engine 4 wheel drive with a transfer case. The 4x4 model has got Electronic Shift on fly Borg Warner transfer case 4x4 Mechanism with a Limited Slip Differential.
The 4 Wheel Drive has 5 speed manual gear box which is ment for Great overall response. It distribute 60% power to rear wheels and 40% power to front wheels when 4X4 mode is selected and is ment for improved driving in all weather condition, if any wheel start to slip the power is transferred to the those wheels with maximum traction for superior grip during cornering also. And its selector knob is placed in centre console, for 2H for normal road driving, 4L for soft roading and 4H for serious off- roading.
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Tata Safari Storme (2012-2015) Braking and Safety
SUV is decently equipped with loads of safety equipment. All variants get front and second row-3-point ELR seatbelts with pretensioners. Dual front Airbags (VX). Furthermore it is equipped with side impact bars and crumple zones all models.
Other safety features include Cruise control, Rear parking sensors with display on IRVM, emergency assist ,anti-glare Rear View Mirror, driver seatbelt unfastened reminder, front and rear defogger, Door Ajar Warning, Headlamp on Key out warning, Central Lock and child safety lock etc.
Tata Safari Storme (2012-2015) Performance and Handling
Safari Storm is based on its sibling ARIA’s X2 Platform which has more strong Hydro formed Chassis sections, and separate ladder chassis for Body on Frame Design structure and Longitudinal engine setup for 4WD capability plus the electric power steering result in excellent road and off-road manners. Body roll is minimum due to race derived independent wishbone front suspension setup and the short turning radius of 5.4 metres makes the SUV a great city commuter also.
The SHIFT-ON-FLY 4X4 feature engages 4WD on the move irrespective of road surface such as gravel, mud, water or snow; nothing stands in its path.
The SUV accelerates 0-100 in 15 seconds with achieving top speed of 165 KMPH.
What do we think about Tata Safari Storme (2012-2015)?
It may not be much refined, fast and luxurious as modern Off-Roader built by other high end SUV manufacturer, but it can keep up to the trail behind them. And can provide value for money for years.
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