The first SUV to be designed, developed and manufactured entirely in India seems to have hit the end of its life. Tata Safari Dicor produced by Tata Motors has been discontinued from the carmaker's product line-up.
Launched in 1998, the Tata Safari was powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine and was later upgraded in 2003 with power steering, fuel pump and electricals. In 2005, the carmaker modified the Safari extensively with a new 3-litre DiCOR engine along with revised interiors and exteriors, that added the Dicor suffix to the name.
The 3-litre Dicor engine was the first diesel engine from Tata Motors with common rail technology. In the same year, a 2-litre petrol engine MPFi was also added to the Safari Dicor model.
The Tata Safari Dicor's modern iteration, the Safari Storme will represent the Safari moniker in the carmaker's portfolio in the Indian market.
The Tata Safari Dicor was available in two variants: LX 4x2 and EX 4x2. The last of Safari Dicor was powered by a Euro4 compliant 2.2-litre Dicor turbo diesel unit which churned out 140bhp and 320Nm of torque while paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
For many, the Tata Safari Dicor was an aspirational SUV, and the discontinuation does bring an era to an end. That said, the Safari Storme is the modern version and comes with a new X2 platform which underpinned the Aria with a stronger chassis, better styling, and improved features.