With well-known models like the Nexon and Punch, Tata Motors has been having a lot of success. While the Safari remains Tata's flagship, it has undergone significant changes from its original version. But what if Tata hadn't stopped producing the original Safari? Bimble Designs has imagined just that with their latest concept.
Design of the 2024 Safari Storme
Despite focusing on front-wheel drive vehicles with monocoque construction, Tata has always kept a few models with traditional ladder-frame chassis, rear-wheel drive, and 4x4 capability. However, this changed in 2020 when Tata discontinued the Hexa and Safari Storme.
Currently, none of Tata's vehicles offer rear-wheel drive or 4x4 capability. There were rumors about the Hexa making a comeback with a BS-6 engine, but that never happened. The Safari nameplate was also used for a vehicle originally known as the Buzzard or Gravitas. But what if Tata decided to reintroduce the Safari Storme today? That's where the 2024 Tata Safari Storme 4×4 render comes in.
Bimble Designs' vision of a modern Safari Storme retains the original design while updating it for the year 2024. The exterior features a refreshed front fascia with smoked headlights and twin-pod LED DRLs surrounding twin projector headlights. The grille now has a satin black finish, matching the top strip that bears the "STORME" name boldly. The lower bumper has a horizontal cut connecting the fog lights, which resemble those on newer Tata models like the Safari, Nexon, and Punch. Additionally, the car is equipped with Harrier and Safari-style ORVMs with 360-degree cameras, new alloy wheels, blackened door handles for a sporty look, and roof rails similar to those offered by Tata in the past.
To reduce visual bulk, Bimble Designs added a small black strip to the body claddings. The rear of the car features redesigned LED tail lights with a connected LED bar. The spare wheel remains mounted under the frame, and there are no other significant changes to the exterior. While interior details are not provided in the renders, it is expected to have seven seats and modern amenities typical of a modern car.
Power and Performance: Potential Engine Options
In terms of powertrains, Tata could consider using either the 2.2L or 3.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel engines from its commercial lineup for the Safari Storme. Given the history of the Safari's powertrain, both engines would fit comfortably in the Storme's engine bay. Pricing for the Safari Storme could be positioned below the Harrier and slightly above Tata's upcoming Curvv model.
Potential Market Impact
Many enthusiasts hope that Tata Motors will consider launching the Safari Storme, given its significant impact on the Indian market. Ultimately, it is the first indigenously built VIP automobile in India. There is a market for such a vehicle, as seen by the ongoing popularity of cars like the Mahindra Scorpio Classic.