The Tata Safari, a three-row derivative of the Harrier SUV, has been recently spotted testing with refreshed design elements. This facelifted model, separate from the upcoming 2023 Safari with updated features, showcases notable changes primarily focused on the front-end.
Along with an updated grille and LED headlamps, the Safari test mule features redesigned wheels, mildly revised tail lamps, and bumpers. Although the interior remains unseen, it is expected to retain the design from the Harrier EV, with notable additions to the already confirmed updates for the 2023 model.
1. Front-End Updates: The facelifted Safari boasts a revised grille with cooling slats, unlike the closed grille of the Harrier EV. Triangular cutouts, albeit dummies in the test mule, indicate updated LED headlamps.
2. Profile Enhancements: Redesigned wheels adorn the sides of the Safari test mule, giving it a refreshed appearance.
3. Rear Highlights: The facelifted Safari showcases mildly revised tail lamps and bumpers, adding to the overall aesthetic appeal.
While the interior of the facelifted Safari has yet to be seen, it is likely to share similarities with the Harrier EV. However, the upcoming 2023 model’s updates, including the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, new seven-inch digital driver’s display, and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), are expected to be retained. Minor feature additions are also anticipated.
Engine and Powertrain
1. Diesel Powertrain: The 2023 Safari is likely to retain its 170PS 2-litre diesel engine, coupled with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
2. Turbo-Petrol Option: Tata has confirmed that both the Harrier and Safari will receive the carmaker’s 170PS 1.5-litre T-GDI turbo-petrol engine, likely introduced with this update. The engine is expected to be paired with a DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) and offered alongside a manual option.
3. Electric Variant: Similar to the Harrier EV, Tata might introduce an electric version of the facelifted Safari. It is speculated to feature dual motors and all-wheel drive capabilities.
Expected Release and Competition
The updated 2023 Safari with new features is anticipated to be released first, while the facelifted Safari is expected to arrive later in 2024. The facelifted variant is likely to command a premium over the current model, which is priced at Rs 15.64 lakh (ex-showroom). With its refreshed design and added features, the facelifted Safari will renew its rivalry with competitors such as the Hyundai Alcazar, MG Hector Plus, and the Mahindra XUV700.