After launching an expansive lineup of Dark Edition variants for Altroz, Nexon, Nexon EV and Harrier in 2021, Tata Motors has brought in the same for its flagship offering, the Safari SUV. The new Tata Safari Dark Edition is available in both manual and automatic versions, with a starting price of Rs 19.05 lakh (ex-showroom, India). This new version will co-exist with the Gold Edition and Adventure Persona in Safari’s variant lineup for the Indian car market.
Prices and Variants
The new Tata Safari Dark Edition is available in six different variants, the prices of which are as follows:
- XT+ 7-seater – Rs 19.05 lakh
- XZ+ 6-seater – Rs 21.11 lakh
- XZ+ 7-seater – Rs 21.21 lakh
- XTA+ 7-seater – Rs 20.35 lakh
- XZA+ 6-seater – Rs 22.41 lakh
- XZA+ 7-seater – Rs 22.51 lakh
(all prices ex-showroom, India)
To start with, the Tata Safari Dark Edition gets a black paint scheme of Oberon Black, which is the same shade that we have seen in the Harrier Dark Edition. The car has been garnished with a gloss black finish for the front grille, headlamp surrounds, window waistline, roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels. However, the Tata logos and Dark Edition badges are finished in chrome.
Like in all the Dark Edition models, the Tata Safari Dark Edition gets an all-black theme for the cabin. Here, the dashboard gets a ‘Blackstone Matrix’ insert, whereas the AC vents, door handles, surrounds for the infotainment system, instrument console and centre console are finished in a theme of piano black. Even the seats are all blacked-out.
In terms of equipment, the Tata Safari Dark Edition share the same features as the corresponding XT+ and XZ+ variants of the regular Safari. This means that the Tata Safari Dark Edition, in its top-spec form, gets features like 7-inch TFT equipped instrument console, powered driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charger, 9-speaker JBL audio system, iRA connected car tech, leather upholstery, air purifier with AQI display and rear AC vents. In addition, the Tata Safari Dark Edition also gets ventilated front seats, with the addition of a ventilated second row of seats in the 6-seater variant.
Engine and Transmission
The Tata Safari Dark Edition shares its 2.0-litre Kryotec four-cylinder diesel engine with the regular Safari, which produces a maximum power output of 170 PS and a maximum torque output of 350 Nm. While the XT+ and XZ+ variants get a 6-speed manual gearbox, the XTA+ and XZA+ variants are available with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The new Tata Safari Dark Edition now serves as range-topping versions of the Safari lineup, along with the already-on-sale Gold Edition versions. The Tata Safari Dark Edition is pegged against three-row SUVs like Mahindra XUV700, MG Hector Plus and Hyundai Alcazar.