Tata Safari Dark Edition launching on January 17
Keeping in line with introducing Dark Edition models for most of its cars, Tata Motors is all set to another member into that category. The Safari, which has had multiple editions since its launch, is all set to receive a Dark Edition variant as well. This news comes nearly five months after Tata Motors introduced Dark Edition models for the Altroz, Harrier, Nexon, and the Nexon EV. Much like the other cars in Tata’s lineups, the Safari Dark Edition will also most likely be just a cosmetic upgrade with the addition of some new equipment.
Not much is currently known about what exactly the Safari Dark Edition will offer in terms of its equipment, but a teaser states that it will get ventilated seats. We know that the Safari Gold receives ventilated captain chairs for the second row. Like most Dark Edition models in Tata’s lineup, the Safari Dark Edition will receive a black exterior body colour with majority of the elements also receiving a blacked-out elements. The teaser also shows that the tri-arrow elements on the grille are finished in a darker shade instead of the chrome finish seen on the regular Safari. The interiors too will receive a dark upholstery, which will differentiate it from the regular Safari.
In terms of the powertrain, it is expected to remain unchanged, which means we will continue to see the same 2-litre turbo diesel putting out 168bhp and 350Nm of torque, paired to either a six-speed manual or a torque-converter automatic.
The Tata Safari Dark Edition will also command a premium over the standard Safari and the other premium variants. For reference, the Harrier XZ+ Dark (Manual) and XZA+ Dark (Automatic) cost priced at Rs 19.94 lakh and Rs 21.19 lakh, which is just Rs 10,000 more than the top-end variant of the regular Harrier. The top-end Safari costs Rs 20.64 lakh and Rs 21.94 lakh in manual and automatic configurations respectively, and we expect it to be in the price bracket of Rs 22-23 lakh. As always, the Safari rivals the Mahindra XUV700 and the Hyundai Alcazar.