Tata Safari was the first true blood Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in India. The original 1948 CC Turbo charged Indirect injection diesel engine had a Jekyll and Hyde manner. The power mill used to be inadequate until the turbo kicked in about 2000 rpm and then it was upto the task thrown at it within moderation. They introduced a 3 Liter DICOR (Direct Injection Common Rail) in the year 2005 (now discontinued) which suffered from the turbo lag. In 2008, Tata motors introduced the new VTT (Variable Turbine Technology) Safari with 32 bit ECU (Electronic Control Unit) which offers 140 PS peak power with 320 Nm torque. This latest engine has 4 valves per cylinder (16 V DOHC) which has low emission and lower fuel consumption.
The new Safari offers - tubeless tyres, side foot rest, express down electric windows and delayed headlights as standard fitment.
Safari is easily one of the ablest cars on the Indian roads with its 5 point suspension which makes the ride - very comfortable. This car is good on the high ways and eats up the mile at its own pace - but is quite a handful in the cramped city roads.
Rear view is abysmal in this SUV. Tata has thoughtfully introduced a fish-eye lens enabled video camera and a LCD monitor in the guise of the rear view mirror to help improve the rear visibility in select models. 4X4 models sport an electric selector. Tata Safari comes loaded with most accessories you would associate with more expensive international models as standard fitment.