Tata Motors has stopped the production of the iconic Safari Storme. The company has decided to discontinue the model in India soon. At present, the company is focusing on selling the remaining units. The dealers are informed to not accept bookings as well. As you all know, the ongoing new safety norms and the BSVI emission norms will soon come into impact on April 1, 2020. So, the vehicles which don’t comply with these rules need to be discontinued from the Indian market.
The existing Safari model doesn’t comply with the upcoming vehicle safety norms. Hence, it has reported poor sales in the past months. Tata Motors is not thinking of updating the vehicle with new BSVI norm as it will require a large amount. According to the company, the upcoming Tata cars will be developed in a new platform namely, OMEGA or ALFA which will be costworthy. However, Safari will be sold in India until safety standards hits.
Some Tata Motors dealerships have also closed the test drives of Safari Storme. Tata Safari was introduced in India back in 1998. Since then, it has been extremely famous for its look and price. The company has also updated the iconic mid-size SUV several times. The existing variant is available as Storme. With the introducing of new mid-size SUV’s in the Indian market, the popularity of Safari faded somewhere, as a result, the company has to end the production.
This year, the carmaker has sold only fewer units of Safari Storme compared to sales of 2018. In October, they delivered only 165 units with a shocking 74.3 per cent sales decrease than last year same month. Instead of upgrading the old models, the company will focus on the sales of all-new Harrier, and upcoming models including Gravitas, and Blackbird.
The Safari Storme was powered by a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine which was capable of making148 BHP of max power and 320 Nm of peak torque. The engine was combined with a 5-speed manual gearbox. It was also available in VX and VX 4×4 trims which were offered with the same motor making 154 BHP of max power and 400 Nm of torque, combined with a 6-speed manual transmission.
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