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New Tata Safari storms in

The legendary Tata Safari, which could well boast of being India’s first true-blue homegrown SUV is now available in a new avatar. After being showcased at the Auto Expo in January earlier this year, the new Safari Storme is finally on sale. Prices start at Rs 9.95 lakh for the base LX version followed by the EX at Rs 10.77 lakh. The next in line VX comes at Rs 12.37 lakh while the 4x4 VX version of the car costs Rs 13.66 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi).

Though it doesn’t look radically different on the outside save for the addition of the Storme logo to the Safari moniker, it has new underpinnings and is based on the Aria’s chassis. Among the main mechanical changes is the all-new multi-link rear suspension for improved comfort. The front and rear track width has also gone up, which means better off-roading abilities. The gearbox too has got some enhancements to improve gearshift quality. What hasn’t changed though is the engine. You still get the same 2.2-litre DiCOR engine with 140bhp of power and 320Nm of torque.

Tata Motors was quick to add that the new Safari Storme will be sold alongside the current Safari since that car still boasts of a loyal fan base. The company also added that this was a complete Tata Motors in-house effort with no help from Tata-owned JLR at all. But we think maybe Tata should have used some JLR-skills in the design at least, to us it looks too similar to the older car. What do you think, TopGear.commers?

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