Posted Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:17 by admin
After the Duster now it is time for storm to come in form of the upcoming Tata Safari Storme that is creating a lot of hue and cry. The Renault Duster, which is the season's flavor, has grabbed over 10k bookings in just two weeks since its launch. This shows the craze and growth of SUVs in the Indian market. To take an advantage of this, the much anticipated Safari Storme, an upgraded version of the current Tata Safari might come in anytime soon. The existing Safari won't be discontinued and will be sold along with the Storme. Pricewise it is placed in between Tata Safari and Tata Aria, ensuring that Tata Motors has an offering at price level, starting from Rs. 7.5 Lakh to Rs. 16-17 Lakh. There are a lot of speculations about its launch but some trusted sources suggest that the launch will take place on 25th July.
The existing version of Tata Safari has been doing well for the company since it was launched and is the most prominent model in Tata's stable. Tata Motors have a lot of confidence in their new SUV car and expecting it to be their next top-seller. The Tata Safari Storme is different from existing Safari at both exteriors and interiors. The SUV has been built on the X2 platform, same as the Tata Aria. The X2 platform helps it become lighter and bigger than the existing Safari. Moreover, the turning radius has been shortened by 0.6meters, resulting to a turning radius of 5.4meters for the Storme. The lesser turning radius will help in busy city street driving as well as in off road conditions. Tata Motors also claims that it has the best in class ground clearance i.e. 200mm. The SUV has been blessed with 2.2-litre 16-valve common rail (DiCOR) engine with a variable geometry turbo (VGT) and mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. The powerful mill is able to produce 138bhp with 320Nm torque. The striking Electronic Shift-on-the-Fly (ESOF) feature enables shifting from 2WD to 4WD on the move.
The Renault Duster is a compact crossover that has been placed in between sedan and SUV segment. Moreover, the Duster is an urban-SUV that has been blessed with all necessary equipments. The Renault Duster comes with three engine options, a 1.6-litre petrol and the other two versions are, 1.5-litre diesel mated with either 5-speed manual or 6-speed manual transmission. The all three engines churn out enough power for urban driving purpose (as it is not an off-roader for sure). The Renault Duster was lacking in the seating capacity and now with two additional jumper seats, 7-seater Renault Duster is all set to compete with the biggies. The mini SUV has proved itself to be a game changer and will affect Tata Safari Storme. But still, those who want a powerful SUV with off-road qualities and good looks, Tata Safari Storme might prove to be a great option. We are getting impatient with the delay in the launch. One request to Tata Motors, if they are listening, hurry up… I shared that Nissan Evalia, to Challenge Maruti Ertiga Head on.