A little birdie tells us that Tata Motors, not one to rest on its laurels, is yet again working on the Safari Storme – to give it a fresher, newer look (like everything else). Clearly, influences from the Land Rover stable will be the key differentiator in the new model, and the first areas to be reworked would obviously be the front and rear bumpers, along with the headlamp design. Naturally, we expect the tail lights to be all LED units now and some plastic claddings might also get the beauty treatment.
The interiors, which have undergone extensive renovations time after time, and we expect the new dashboard treatment to be flashier. Tata is now working closely with In-car Entertainment (ICE) specialists Harman and a kick-ass sound system with Navigation should debut in the new Storme. A climate-control system integration should also be distinctly possible.
What else? Power from the 2.2-litre ‘DiCOR’ engine will most certainly be bumped up – expect around 150 horses to jump in. Although a 6-speed manual should debut, we would not be surprised if an automatic tranny should also come in. The new Storme should come in by the end of this festive season, and could be priced between Rs. 8.5-14 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.