If you have been following IAB quite closely (and we recommend you do), you must have seen the full monty of the new Safari that we exposed to the world. However, those images only reveal the frontal portion of the new Safari Merlin. Now, thanks to Goa on Wheels, we get to see the newly designed rear of the Safari Merlin.
One can easily notice that the spare wheel on the tail gate has disappeared. Probably, it has found a new place under the body. A new chrome strip runs on the tail gate connecting the newly designed tail lamps.
Like the Aria, the Safari Merlin flaunts twin exhausts and a curvy profile. A small rear spoiler completes the rear profile.
Just like the front, the rear hasn’t been changed much by Tata’s designers. You can still see the hints of the old design in the new Safari. However, the underpinnings are completely different. The vehicle continues using the same 2.2-liter DICOR engine paired to an improved manual transmission. The new Safari Merlin is based on Aria’s X2 platform thus ditching the older one. There are speculations that the new Safari will use a suffix ‘Storm’. We will have to wait till the Auto Expo for confirmation on that speculation.
Do you think the Safari Merlin will fend off its arch rival Mahindra Scorpio and interest waiting list customers of the XUV500?