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Tata to launch Buzzard SUV and likely to discontinue Safari Storme this year

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The Tata Safari Storme is likely to be discontinued this year.

Tata Motors will launch 2 all-new models – Buzzard 7-seater SUV and the Altroz premium hatchback in India. While the Altroz will be launched in mid-2019, the Buzzard 7-seater will go on sale in the end of this year. With the arrival of BSVI emission and new safety norms, there will be a significant change in the Indian market. A range of new cars will be launched, while several existing models will be discontinued from the market.

India’s one of the most-loved SUVs, the Tata Safari Storme is most likely to be discontinued from the market this year. The current model will not meet the upcoming safety regulations. Adding to it, the 7-seater SUV is facing stiff competition and is not making good sales number for the brand.

Tata will have to make huge investment to update the existing model to meet the new safety norms. The company has also announced that it will stick to only 2 platforms – OMEGA and ALFA – to develop products for the Indian market. In fact, the next-gen Tiago, Tigor and Nexon will also use the new ALFA modular platform. Also See – These 10 cars will be discontinued from the market

Tata is most likely to launch the Buzzard 7-seater SUV as an alternative to the Safari Storme. The company is likely to develop the next-generation Safari, which is not likely to be launched before 2020-21. The next-gen Safari could be based on the new OMEGA ARC platform, which also underpins the Harrier and Buzzard.

The Tata Buzzard is powered by a 2.0-litre KRYOTEC diesel engine that also powers the Harrier. This engine will be tuned to produce close to 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic unit.

Video – Tata Buzzard 7-seater SUV preview

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