Tata Motors has discontinued sales of Safari Dicor SUV in India following poor sales. The SUV has been taken off company website while the same has also been confirmed by some company dealerships. Tata Motors SUV range now consists of Hexa, Safari Storme and Sumo Gold. The company is not planning any Dicor facelift model and nor is a replacement being planned in its place.
Tata Safari Dicor was one of the company’s oldest products. Tata Safari was launched in 1998 and was later upgraded in 2003. It was in 2005 that Tata Motors modified the Safari giving it a new 3 liter DiCOR engine and also modified exteriors and interiors giving it the new Dicor name.
Safari Dicor was offered in two variants – LX 4×2 and EX 4×2. The tall boy design, SUV stance, powerful engine, reliable performance and 4×4 soon found a fan following. Engine specifications included a 2.2 liter Dicor turbo diesel engine offering 140 bhp power and 320 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox.
Tata Motors will continue to offer the Safari in the form of its latest avatar – Storme Varicor 400. This version is not only on sale in India, but is also exported to overseas markets.
In addition to this, the company also gears up for launch of the new generation Safari by 2019 (render above). This will be based on the old generation Land Rover Discovery platform. It will be the most advanced and feature rich version of Safari till date. Tata Motors is currently developing the SUV in association with Land Rover engineers.