The 2016 Tata Safari Storme AT has been spied testing by one of the members of Safari Users Group in Facebook. The facelifted manual variants received a hike in power output of about 10 bhp to 148 bhp. The torque output of 320 Nm stays intact.
The sticker on the windshield gives away this 2016 Tata Safari Storme facelift test mule.
Apparently, the Safari Storme facelift test mules which were previously spied with VARICOR400 badge were automatic variants. As it turns out, the more powerful version of the 2.2-litre engine which was debuted on the Hexa concept is too torquey for the standard 5-speed manual transmission to withstand and hence Tata decided to offer the 148 PS/320 Nm version in the 2016 Safari Storme MT.
The new 6-speed automatic transmission however has a higher torque rating and hence is expected to use the VARICOR400 motor. The power and torque output stand at 154 bhp and 400 Nm respectively.
New car gets refreshed grille and bumper.
The test mule spied now reveals the whereabouts of its transmission by means of a sticker on the rear windshield. This particular prototype belongs to the mid-spec EX variant which means there will be more than one automatic variants.
With the XUV500 facelift is also set to receive a 6-speed AT later this year, Tata needs to outrun its rival in offering the new transmission to get the first mover’s advantage.
The interior gets new color theme and steering wheel..
The 2016 Safari Storme facelift is not as comprehensive as we would have expected. The off-roader is bestowed with new grille meshing and bumper on the outside and a new steering and color theme on the inside. Crucial equipment like a touchscreen infotainment system is still missing.
The 2016 Tata Safari Storme AT is expected to be launched later this year and the same VARICOR400 engine and gearbox combo will be offered in the Hexa SUV (refurbished Aria) next year. Rumors suggest that the new 6-speed AT in question is sourced from General Motors.
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