Tata Safari Storme: Extreme makeover

The Storme’s exterior has been designed in-house. The front now looks less bulbous, with a flatter bonnet sporting a crisp U-shaped crease running across its width. The headlamps are an all-new design (a hint of the Superb’s eyes here) with a swept back look at the edges. The front gets a pronounced mesh grille, which seems inspired by the Safari’s more expensive new cousin – the Land Rover – except that this looks plasticky.

In profile, the Safari looks like it got a bit chopped off at the rear thanks to the absence of the rear wheel, which has now gone to a more practical location under the car. Typically, there’s a lot of body-coloured fibre cladding around the wheel arches to give it a faux macho look. The rear again looks much cleaner now and offers better visibility from inside now that the spare wheel has gone. Its overall proportions make the Storme slightly longer and wider than the older Safari. Overall height is reduced too but you won’t really notice that difference.