Tata Safari has got revamped look and is now called as Tata Safari Storme. Launched on 17th October, 2012, Tata Safari Storme has plenty of new things to offer its admirers. These include refurbished exteriors, upgraded interiors and new chassis. One of the proud launches of Tata Motors, Tata Safari Storme is expected to boost company’s chances in the Indian auto market. On the other hand, we have Toyota Fortuner with rock solid sales which have only multiplied with each passing month. Let’s do a one-on-one to check which one is the best value for money bid.
Being a refined version of Tata Safari, Storme is totally a new SUV with chromed front grill and smart rear with twin exhausts. However, the rear mounted spare wheel has now been shifted under the vehicle. Exterior highlights of Tata Safari Storme comprise of
- Grey honeycomb grill
- New slimmer headlamps housing projector lamps
- Chrome tipped dual exhausts
- Thick chrome strip along the top of the grill
Facelifted Toyota Fortuner looks more adorable with the retained aggressive snout adding to the sportiness of the vehicle. Factors contributing to the daring attitude of the fiery Fortuner comprise of New fog lamps, Sporty roof rails and 12 spoke 17 inch alloy wheels. More features include
- Heavily chromed front radiator grill
- Stylish flare fenders
- Refurbished bumpers
- ‘Fortuner’ engraved chrome slat above the rear number plate
Safari Storme has got many changes inside the cabin with a completely new package installed this time. Better quality material with a leap in fit and finish, Storme’s interiors match the standards of its Aria cousin. Exciting factors enhancing Safari Storme’s charm are
- Lounge comfortable rear seats
- New central console with AC and audio controls
- Refurbished dashboard
Contrarily, luxurious and comfortable interiors of the new Toyota Fortuner 2012 are bestowed with new seats, amazing backlight for the instrument console and stylish power windows panel. Other interior gadgets consist of
- Reclining seats on front, 2nd and 3rd row
- Darker wooden trim
- Leather wrapped steering with silver garnish
Engine, Specification & Performance :-
Storme is equipped by a 4-cylinder in-line 2.2 litre VARICOR engine which is more frugal and responsive than the previous one. The diesel motor churns out top power of 140 bhp at 4000 rpm and peak torque of 320 Nm at 1700-2700 rpm. The refined powermill is linked to five-speed Synchromesh with Overdrive manual transmission. Tata Safari Storme accelerates from 0-100 kmph in just 15-16 seconds with a top speed more than 150 kmph.
Under the sophisticated hood of Toyota Fortuner, roars a 3.0L, 2982cc, common rail diesel engine capable of churning out top power of 168 bhp at 3600 rpm and peak torque of 343 Nm at 1400-3400 rpm. Available with only 4WD as an option earlier, the auto maker now offers 2WD facility as well with one of these powertrains linked to 4 speed automatic transmission. The powerful Fortuner accelerates from 0-100 kmph mark in just 14.5 seconds.
Scintillating Safari Storme comprise of an array of features including Solid New Roof Rails, New Front Grille Projector Headlamps, Sporty Looking Twin Exhaust, Leather Wrapped Steering, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and AC), Roof mounted rear AC, Electrically Powered ORVMS, Orderly Rear Looks, Wooden Finished Dash, Puddle Lamps On Front Doors and Tilt Adjustable Steering. Major attractions of Safari Storme features include
- ESOF (Electric Shift on the Fly) function
- Graphic Instrument Cluster (Special Illumination with White Band)
- 60:40 Split And Completely Foldable Seats
- Music System – iPod, USB and Bluetooth compatible
New Toyota Fortuner is endowed with a number of features comprising of Power Windows with Driver-side Auto Up-down, Keyless Entry, Rear Camera with Display, Power Door Lock, Cruise Control (in AT variant) and Cigarette Lighter with Illumination. For music freaks, 2 DIN Display Audio, DVD, Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in & 6 speakers and other comfort and convenience features include
- Large Touch-screen
- Steering mounted various controls
- Rear Parking Camera
The all new Tata Safari Storme delivers mileage of 10 kmpl in city and 13 kmpl on highway whereas Toyota Fortuner returns with fuel economy of 12-13 kmpl.
Tata Safari Storme is placed in the price slot of Rs 9.95 lakh – 13.66 lakh (Ex-showroom New Delhi) while Toyota Fortuner is tagged in the price bracket around Rs 21 lakh – Rs 23 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi).
Tata Safari Storme with its aggressive pricing could be an option for SUV buyers but our choice of the day is Toyota Fortuner for its incredible power churning capability and exciting features.
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