Tata Safari DiCOR

We are deviating from our regularly scheduled Land Rover programming today to bring you some additional background on Jaguar Land Rover’s current parent company, Tata Motors. Despite the fact that Tata Motors manufacturers and sells a wide range of passenger, commercial, and military vehicles in markets around the world, the company was essentially an unknown entity to North American autobuyers in 2008 when it acquired the Jaguar Land Rover business from Ford for $2.3 billion. At the time of the acquisition, Tata Motors was India’s largest vehicle manufacturer. 

Among Tata Motor’s nearly comprehensive lineup are two sport utility vehicles: the Tata Sumo Grande DiCOR and the Tata Safari DiCOR. The Sumo Grande is positioned as a stylish urban SUV while the Safari is positioned as a versatile SUV with optional 4×4 off-road capability and available upmarket appointments. It is the Tata Safari DiCOR on which we will focus today.

The Tata Safari DiCOR

The DiCOR moniker refers to the 2.2-liter VTT (Variable Turbine Technology) DiCOR (Direct Injection Common Rail) engine. This small 140-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine is capable of about 27 miles per gallon, which is not bad considering the Safari DiCOR is no lightweight. The vehicle tips the scales at 4,905 pounds and has an overall length of 15.8 feet. 

Tata Safari DiCOR EngineThe 7-seat Safari is available in four trims and with either 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrains. The electric shift-on-the-move four-wheel drive system is only available on the Safari VX while the remaining 4×2 trims include the base LX, the EX, and the GX. Available convenience and safety features include power steering, A/C, rear A/C, power windows, keyless entry, rear seat entertainment, leather interior appointments, dual airbags, ABS, rearview camera, “Follow Me Home” courtesy lighting, and more.

Off-Road Capability

While the Safari is certainly not in the same class as any of the Land Rover vehicles, the Safari does feature some degree of capability off the pavement. In fact, one of the markets Tata targets with the Safari DiCOR is the affordable 4×4 segment. The company goes as far as referring to the Safari as an “All Terrain Conqueror.” However, the Safari may be supplanted by a new offering from Tata in the near future. The upcoming Tata Merlin is said to improve the off-road capability of the Safari. Media outlets that have watched the development of the vehicle have used the words “inspired by Land Rover” more than a few times.

Safari DiCOR Off-Road Features:

  • Shift-on-the-Move 4×4 Engagement 
  • 8.07-Inches of Ground Clearance
  • 31° Approach and Departure Angles 
  • 30° Ramp Break Over Angle
  • 26° Climb Gradient
  • 11.8-Inch Water Wading Depth
  • Limited Slip Differential

Tata Safari Pricing

If our currency conversion was accurate, introductory MSRPs range from about $16,000.00 for the Safari DiCOR LX up to to $24,550.00 for the Safari DiCOR VX 4×4. As we mentioned earlier, the Tata Merlin — sometimes called the Tata Safari Merlin — will be introduced early next year at a higher price point. The Merlin will share the Safari’s 2.2-liter DiCOR engine and is said to be more Land Rover’esque than the current Safari.



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December 10, 2011

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