Tata Motors has introduced a more powerful version of its popular SUV – the Safari Storme – with a 2.2-litre VariCor 400 diesel engine and a new 6-speed transmission. Priced at Rs. 13.52 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Tata Safari Strome VariCor 400 is available only on the top-end VX trim of the SUV.
The power and torque figures of the engine are now increased by 7bhp and 80Nm respectively, compared to the regular diesel mill. This powertrain churns out a maximum power of 154.8bhp at 4,000rpm and 400Nm of peak torque between 1,750rpm – 2,500rpm.
Tata Safari Strom VariCor 400 Price
VX (AT) AWD – Rs. 13.52 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
The engine’s high torque output is counter-balanced with slightly increased body weight. This powertrain is capable to achieve 0-60kmph in 5.2 seconds and 0-100kmph in 12.8 seconds. This also makes it quicker and more responsive than the regular VariCOR unit that accelerates 0-60kmph in 5.7 seconds and 0-100kmph in 13.8 seoncds. The SUV with a more powerful engine weighs 2,570kgs, while the lower variants carry a gross weight of 2,555kgs.
The same Varicor 400 diesel engine will also be used for the Tata’s upcoming Hexa crossover. The Safari Storme VariCor 400 gets a new six-speed manual gearbox, coupled with shift-on-the-fly all-wheel drive system. On the other hand, the lower variants are continued to available with a 5-speed manual unit.
With a more powerful engine and a new gearbox, the Tata Safari Strome VX (AT) will offer better handling and driving dynamics. Save for the Varicor 400 badges, the vehicle’s exterior and interior remain unchanged.
Just so you know, the 2015 Tata Safari Storme facelift was launched in the India at a starting price of Rs. 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new Safari Storme received a few cosmetic updates and additional features with slightly improved performance. The SUV is offered in four variants – LX, EX, VX and VX (4X4). While the base model LX comes with 5 seat configuration, the EX and VX variants is offered with the regular 7-seat layout.
New Tata Safari Storme Price List
*All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.
LX (4X2, 5-seater) – Rs. 9.99 lakh
EX (4X2) – Rs. 11.60 lakh
VX (4X2) – Rs. 13.02 lakh
VX (4X4) – Rs. 14.34 lakh
Exterior & Interior
The updated Safari Storme shares the hydro formed chassis with the previous model. The car receives significant cosmetic changes, but retains the original silhouette. It features a Land Rover Freelander 2-inspired new upper and lower front grille in Ocean Greay and Charcoal Grey color that vary model-wise. The vehicle also gets a new diamond badge with ‘Storme’ in black on the silver cladding of the hood and new roof rails.
Inside the cabin, the car gets a new Java Black color scheme with silver accents on central console, dashboard and door handles, seats with contrast stitching. It also comes equipped with a new integrated infotainment system by Harman, multi-functional steering mounted audio controls air-conditioning with built-in rear vents for all-round cooling and parking sensor display. Features like airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) are exclusively offered on the top-end model of the vehicle.
Engine & Transmission
Powering the 2015 Safari Storme (LX & EX) is the old 2.2-litre, four-cylinder VariCOR diesel engine, which is tuned for slightly higher state of power. This engine, with a 5-speed manual gearbox, produces a maximum power of 148bhp with 320Nm of torque. While the more powerful VX variant is powered by an advanced 2.2-litre Varicor 400 diesel engine that delivers power worth of 154.8bhp against 400Nm of torque. This powertrain is matched to a new 6-speed manual transmission.
Tata Safari Storme 2015 Mileage, Specs, Colors & Features
12kmp – 15kmpl
2.2-litre, four-cylinder VariCOR Diesel (LX & EX trims)
Power – 148bhp
Torque – 320Nm
Transmission – 5-speed manual
2.2-litre Varicor 400 Diesel (VX trim only)
Power – 154.8bhp
Torque – 400Nm
Transmission – 6-speed manual
Colors – Arctic Silver, Pearl White, Urban Bronze, Arctic White and Astern Black
New upper and lower front grill
Projector head-lamps with PES (Poly Ellipsoid System) Rings
Java Black interiors with Silver Accents
New Integrated Infotainment System by Harman
New Tata Signature Multi-Function Steering Wheel
Dual air-conditioning, with built-in rear vents for all-round cooling
Ultrasonic reverse parking sensors
Airbags (only on top-model)
ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) & EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) (only on top-model)
4X4 with ESOF (Electronic Shift on-Fly)