Though Tata has been getting tons of press over the years for the company’s smaller, more affordable vehicles, it was the Safari Storme that was the true underdog all along.
For over a decade, the Safari Storme has been a big piece of India’s automobile market, considering the fact that it was the first Indian all-wheel-drive SUV. From the late 20th century, the Safari Storme can still be found kicking up dirt all over the country.
History of the Tata Safari Storme
It wasn’t until the 1990s that Tata felt a need to expand into more advanced markets, which is why they introduced the Safari (pre-Safari Storme) in the first place, as well as the smaller Indica. It was first presented in 1998 for the European and UK markets and eventually got the Safari Storme nameplate in 2012. To this day, the car still operates throughout these markets.
The Evolution of the Tata Safari Storme
The 2019 Safari Storme features a base 2.2L 16-valve DOHC VTT Varicor engine with the choice between a five-speed or six-speed manual gearbox. Some of the top features include 200mm ground clearance for off-road travel, a chrome-stylized grille, and an integrated ConnectNext Infotainment System from Harman.
A Timeline of the Tata Safari Storme (2012-Present)
Though the Tata Safari was available throughout the early 2000s, it wasn’t until 2012 that it was given the Safari Storme nameplate. The 2012 Safari Storme featured an upgraded grille and bumper design, new headlights and taillights, a BorgWarner G76 Gearbox, and hydro-formed chassis sections.
In 2015, the company introduced a 2.2 Varicor 400 engine with newly available six-speed manual transmission. This motor was capable of outputting 156 horsepower. This iteration of the vehicle was also sent to the Seychelles for the police force to use.
The Tata Safari Storme in the News
In recent Tata news, India is celebrating its 73rd year of independence. In the parade, we could see an array of Indian army defense force vehicles, including the Safari Storme GS800, which was sold to the Indian Army to replace the Maruti Gypsy. Check out this maxed out Safari Storme below!
Celebrity Endorsements of the Tata Safari Storme
Though the Safari Storme isn’t really the car of celebrities per se, it has made quite a name for itself thanks to the fact that it is the vehicle of choice for Anil Kapoor in the hit series ‘24’.
Best Tata Safari Storme Groups
Though there aren’t any large groups or clubs that are specific to the Tata Safari Storme, there is a large Tata Motors Club group that is perfect for those looking to connect with Tata owners in their region.
The Tata Safari Storme – an SUV for Adventure
For many years, the Tata Safari Storme has been the true SUV of India. For Tata, it redefined what an off-roading vehicle could be, helping citizens of the country to conquer new terrains and the military forces to better protect and serve their country. Though it has never been the centerpiece of Tata Motors, it is one of the few Tata vehicles that has consistently shown innovation.