- Recent Cars
The original Safari, launched in 1998, well and truly took the market by storm, being the first ‘upmarket’ product in that space. Fourteen years later, here we have it – the new Tata Safari Storme. We drive the new Safari Storme on a brief off-road course and some broken terrain, while also quickly putting it through its paces on the twisty hills around Pune. Does the new Safari have enough in its armoury to take the Indian SUV market by Storme?
I have always nurtured an interest for off-roading, and when the invitation to participate in the Tata Motors Full Throttle came my way, there was no looking back. My tickets had arrived, my bags were packed and with my adrenaline rising with every passing minute, I was raring to go. I took an early morning flight out of Kolkata to Delhi and hopped on to a connecting flight from Delhi to arrive at Jodhpur where the Jodhpur Trail of the Tata Motors Full Throttle was to be staged the following morning.
Tata Motors believes there is room to grow in the upper end of the hatchback car market, and to fulfil the demand of Indian car buyers it is targeting the enthusiast lot with a new premium offering – the Vista D90, powered by a 90 PS version of the popular Quadrajet diesel engine.
Tata Motors has decided to enter the ‘hot-hatch’ segment, spotting an opportunity to capitalise on the sentiment for performance versions of everyday cars. The Indica Vista D90 will use the moe powerful 90 PS version of the Quadrajet motor, which powers the larger Indigo Manza sedan.