Tata’s Safari Name To Live On As A 4X4 Moniker
It will be used in a fashion similar to the Tata Hexa Safari Edition that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020
- The Safari Edition moniker will be borne by Tata SUVs with 4×4 hardware.
- Tata Harrier is also expected to get a 4×4 system and this badge as well.
- This badge is similar to the Trail-rated insignia on off-road ready versions of Jeep SUVs like the Compass Trailhawk.
If you’re familiar with the ‘Trail Rated’ badging on Jeep SUVs, then you know that these are the most off-road capable vehicles from the brand, even by their standards. Now, if you know the Tata Safari, you’re probably aware of its rugged nature and bad-road credentials. That’s why even after bidding goodbye to us last year, the Safari nameplate will live on as a badge on Tata SUVs with 4×4 hardware.
The first example of this was seen at Auto Expo 2020 on the Tata Hexa Safari Edition, which retains its 4×4 capability while adding some rugged cosmetic upgrades and the ‘Safari Edition’ insignia inside-out. With this, the Tata Harrier which boasts of the Land Rover-derived D8 architecture (OMEGA ARC platform in Tata speak) optimised for off-roading will also get this badge.
The 2020 Harrier may be a FWD (front-wheel drive) SUV as of now, but it is expected to get a 4×4 variant soon after the introduction of a petrol-powered version.
The Harrier 4×4 is likely to be offered with the 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel that puts out 170PS/350Nm. It could be offered with the same 6-speed manual transmission and 6-speed automatic torque converter that’s on offer currently. This setup could also make its way onto the 7-seater Tata Gravitas as well. The yet-to-be-unveiled Harrier petrol is expected to be a front-wheel-drive model.
While the Safari Edition moniker isn’t expected to bring changes as comprehensive as Jeep SUVs with ‘Trail-rated’ badges, it is a nice way of keeping the legacy of one of the most popular SUVs that drove the Indian car buyers through tough terrains.