Tata Safari Storme facelift spotted without camouflage [Update]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2015 - 2:31pm IST

Update 1 – The Tata Safari Storme facelift was spied yet again by Team BHP, showing a new grille design.

Tata Safari Storme facelift new grille spied
The Storme facelift gets a new grille and mesh-type design for the airdam.

 

Tata Safari Storme facelift rear spied
No changes observed to the rear of the car.

 

The 2.2L diesel engine could see a bump in power.

The Tata Safari Storme facelift was caught on test yet again, by a Team BHP member. Reports indicate that Tata Motors is working on a mild cosmetic update for the Storme, and a launch is expected to take place by mid-2015.

Tata Safari Storme facelift front spied
The new honeycomb grille seems to be the only visual change on the outside.
Tata Safari Storme front
Image of the current Storme added for comparison.

On the outside, the new honeycomb grille seems to be the only change, though the airdam appears to get a similar honeycomb grille as well. Changes on the inside are expected to be a lot more comprehensive.

According to one report, the single-din audio system of the Storme will make way for a larger touchscreen infotainment system with an integrated display for the reverse camera.

Tata Safari Storme facelift grille spied
The Storme facelift is likely to see a touchscreen infotainment system with a reverse camera.

In a bid to make the SUV more comfortable, Tata could replace the jump seats at the rear with a bench-type forward facing seat, while the middle row could get captain’s chairs as an option on the top-end variant.

Coming to the mechanical package, the Storme facelift will continue using the 2.2-liter four-cylinder VariCOR diesel engine. Where the current model makes 138 bhp, the Storme facelift is expected to produce 10 bhp more, much like the 2014 Aria.

Tata Safari Storme facelift front quarter spied
The last row jump seats could be replaced with a traditional bench type seat.

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The SUV gets a 5-speed manual transmission, though in the future, an automatic variant is expected on the Storme and the Aria.

Competitors: Mahindra Scorpio, Renault Duster
Expected Price: Rs 10-14 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: By mid-2015

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[Spyshots from Team BHP]

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19 thoughts on “Tata Safari Storme facelift spotted without camouflage [Update]

  1. Code uberinr300free at Uber says:

    I hope they have improved the interiors. It is a shame when the interiors of a 4.5 lakh hatchback has tons more features than a SUV which begins at 10 lakhs+. And then executive at Tata wonder why the damn thing does not sell.

    There is something which is off in the proportions as well. LWH all seem to be within similar range as competition but eventual end product ends up looking too narrow and too tall. It is just bad design.

    Cyrus & gang: Please see what good deign means. An Ecosport is same height as a WagonR and a Duster is same height as a Ritz but see the imposing presence both these cars have as compared to the two hatches. The Safari and Storme looks more like a van than a butch SUV. Mahindra has got horrible taste in design elements (see XUV, Scorpio) but you have to admin that the vehicles have overall presence – even if underlying engineering is very bad.

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  2. Govind A Nair says:

    But for sure this z an awesome SUV ???? But they need a brand new model to sell units..

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  3. Ram says:

    Shrawan, Anjan & team,

    I’ve been a passive follower of your blog for quite long and couldn’t really resist to pen my thoughts after seeing the face lifted Storme in pics. Pls do pass this message to Cyrus Mistry or senior folks at Tata’s, if you can.

    I’ve been a well wisher of Tata Motors & Tata group in general for long ; having seen exemplary corporate ethics, intent, values and morals despite playing a key role in nation making . As a family, one of the cars we own is a 14 year old Indica, a car that has given us great memories of countless long drives and that too without any of the niggles widely reported to be attached to Tata cars. I can only laud it for its reliability, frugal engine, solid build, spacious interiors, robust engineering and longevity. Having said that, I would urge Tata Motors to shut shop ASAP. My observations-

    -Stubborn and suicidal thought processes in terms of products, product/ variant nomenclature, design language, modus operandi etc
    -Completely in the dark about customer expectations.
    -Unbelievably slow to react to market requirements
    -Custody of the worst sales and marketing teams in India
    -A blind design team with no customer orientation

    The face lifted Storme is a good example of killing yourself. This is clearly not what people want to see in
    a 2015 SUV. The design language should be fresh, aggressive, sharp, mean, in your face, stylish and it should make heads turn. Take the Scorpio, XUV500, Fortuner, Duster, Ecosport ..all successful SUV’s in India stand out for their design. The Scorpio may not be engineered well as a Storme, but it plays well to the gallery. The face lifted Storme on the other hand looks dull, boring and dated and bits and pieces of LR elements doesn’t help its cause at all ; the LR design itself is not really tilt towards Indian tastes. We need a completely reworked front fascia (the Xenon looks SUV’sh than the Storme) with DRL’s and a muscle scoop on the bonnet, reworked rear with the spare wheel back on the door, premium interiors in line with Zest with better quality plastics and a 7 seat lay out. Load it to the brim ..6 air bags, cruise control, auto headlamps and wipers, reverse camera, Harman system etc etc… ! Your fate is in your hands !!!

    We need a fresh, aggressive take on design language at TML. Mr.Pratap Bose can call the smiling 15 year old grill by a new name-Humanity Line but it doesn’t change the way people perceive Tata cars. The Zest and Bolt would have sold 6000+ and 8000+ units monthly without a sweat, had these cars sported a fresh design language. The Megapixel concept based Kite twins or the upcoming Nexon would be all be considered as Indica brothers just like the Aria looked like a bulked up Indica to all. Hyundai could be a good role model for TML-they understand the market well and their products look distinctly different from another.

    If a cash and resource rich company like TML is not willing to learn from all those silly mistakes for years which the patient common man is sick and tired of pointing out through countless forums and blogs, it deserved to be put to rest. I’m afraid if I will ever invest in a blind, regressive company like TML. RIP TML and sorry for the long post Shrawan.

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    1. John says:

      Congress party & Tata Motors, both of them should read comment sections on every social networking sites rather than being cluless about their failures and spending for everything else

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    2. Chiragh says:

      Saying ‘shut shop’ is rather harsh. Isn’t it? The designs don’t need flashy or in your face to sell well. The product should strike the right chord with customer. Yes, the Storme needs drastic changes in and out but rather retaining the core traits.

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  4. Ramandeep Sandhu says:

    I have been waiting to buy this new facelift since Oct 2014, but no idea what TATA guys are doing… they suppose to launch facelift in 2050. they are out of their busniess and mind now!!! i am looking now Toyota Fortuner…

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    1. Gaurav says:

      Sandhu Saab fortuner is over priced. Nothing special about it. Either wait for next gen Fortuner or buy XUV 500.

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  5. Dr. Nayak says:

    Enough already; this 1980 vintage model must disappear from the showrooms quickly if Tata want to change the perception of poor design and quality. I would fire the entire team and start with a clean slate. One after
    another debacle Tata marketing is unable to comprehend the consumer demand and styling clues. With dropping sales of JLR they are headed for a disaster if they don’t understand their home turf.

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    1. Chiragh says:

      This model is not a 1980 one but rather introduced in 1998. And its not enough. Saying that ‘fire the whole team’ is pretty easy for you. If you call the Zest and the Bolt as debacles then you need to get the meaning right. So its not a vintage model as the Storme is a heavily updated Tata Safari. Yes it needs some fixations.

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  6. Jayram Uraon says:

    This facelift not work for Tata, only waist of time,not learning thear mistake.

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  7. Code uberinr300free at Uber says:

    Like lipstick on a pig. Its almost as if the Tata top management had a bet with someone that they would never let the Safari sell above a thousand units a month. And they are doing their damnest to ensure that they win the bet.

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  8. Govind A Nair says:

    Thz facelift not gonna work for Tatas ???? Need new model..

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    1. Gaurav says:

      Tata is already working on all new SUVs but they don’t want to kill Safari as yet. So they are trying to fix any mechinical issues with the car & I opine Range Rover like honeycombe grill suits Safari.

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      1. Chiragh says:

        Why would anyone kill the Safari? Its got a lot of presence and fan following. After all its the one that started this segment.

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