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Rediff Test Drive: The all-new Tata Safari

February 19, 2021 09:00 IST

Is it an old SUV in a new body? Or a new SUV in old body? 

Rajesh Karkera test-drives the next-gen Tata Safari aka Gravitas and comes away impressed. 

So it came as a total surprise when Tata Motors announced that the Tata Safari will be back in a new avatar.


Then came the reality check, that it was not the Tata Safari we all knew and loved but actually the Gravitas which has been rebranded as the all-new Safari.

Naturally the fandom was left wondering if they were being let down, if another SUV was being passed off as the next-gen Safari.

The new Tata Safari

IMAGE: The New Tata Safari, although similar to the Harrier is differentiated from the front by the Tri-Arrow chrome treatment om the front grille and skid plate below the air dam. Photograph: Rajesh Karkera/

But then I remembered my own words while I was driving the Tata Harrier. “I missed the Tata safari feel for a long time and THIS is what it is giving me”....

No wonder the 7-seater has been named the Tata Safari, for drive is definitely like it.

A more modern version of it, if you will.

But does the Buzzard, no, the Gravitas, no, a bigger Harrier stand up to the icon that The Tata Safari was?

Check out the video below for answers!

WATCH: The Drive review of the New Tata Safari. Video: Hitesh Harisinghani/

And let me leave with you with some photographs of the next-gen Tata Safari. 

Tata Safari

IMAGE: We always always have to do this to all the media review cars. Photograph: Rajesh Karkera/

They need to look sparkling before being showcased for you.

The Tata Safari

IMAGE: The rear of the all-new Tata Safari. Photograph: Rajesh Karkera/

The new Tata Safari makes its mark visually by its badging at the rear.

Put on the taillights and you will easily think it to be similar to the Land Rover Discovery.

Which, if you ask me, is not a bad thing at all.

The Tata Safari

IMAGE: And that's the man to car ratio. Quite a stunning colour, I must say. Photograph: Rajesh Karkera/

Interiors of the Tata Safari

IMAGE: The interior of the New Safari is a combination of white grey and black, which the Tatas call Oyster white. It looks quite premium but will need to be maintained well. Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/

The biggest change is in the interiors of the Safari. Seen above is the 3rd row, which boasts of giving more legroom than any other car in its segment. 

And we agree. Simply put up the headrest and enjoy the world of difference to seating comfort in the last row.

The New Tata safari

IMAGE: And finally, a nice corner profile of the beautiful beast, in its familiar surrounding. Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/

While 4-wheel drive would make this a more Safari-esque vehicle, we might have to wait longer for it.

But, what does make sense though is that not many buyers will really use that option, really. A 4x4 will actually take the cost higher by Rs 1 lakh at least, which would keep most of us off this multi-drive mode beast.

The muti-drive mode takes care of all your terrain needs, just like the Harrier did. 

The bookings for the all-new Tata Safari have already commenced, though the price of the car itself has not been revealed yet.

Rajesh Karkera