Tata Motors launches new Safari range

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Ahmedabad, Oct 13: Tata Motors today launched a new Safari DICOR 2.2 VTT range, powered by a new 2.2 L Direct Injection Common Rail (DICOR) engine.

The new generation 2.2 VTT DICOR engine is a 16 valve Dual Over Head Camshaft (DOHC) engine operated by a 32 bit electronic control unit and is equipped with a specially designed turbocharger incorporating Variable Turbine Technology (VTT), said Mr S D Saksena, Head-Utility Vehicle Product Group.

Addressing mediapersons here, Mr Saksena said that this substantially raises the maximum power and torque ratings to 140 PS (at 3000 rpm) and 320 Nm (at 2200 rpm) respectively. The engine provides a wide torque band, is quieter and more fuel efficient. The Safari DICOR 2.2 VTT range starts from Rs 7.33 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi), with an enhanced warranty of two years or 75000 kms.

(whichever is earlier). An additional two years' warranty can be availed through the extended warranty option. The entry level TCIC diesel model incorporates all the aesthetic and convenience features of the entry level 2.2 DICOR VTT model and is now available at Rs.6.47 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).

The Safari is amongst the safest SUVs in its category, he claimed. It meets full frontal crash safety norms of Europe (as per 74/297/EEC) and is available with dual airbags and ABS with EBD in its range.

A camera aided reverse guidance system is unique amongst all vehicles in the country, Mr Saksena said, adding, 16,000 Safaris have been sold in 2006-07 in the country, and more than 69,000 vehicles have been produced till date.

Meanwhile, Tata Motors also launched new extra fuel efficient Suma Victa Turbo DI Range for rural consumers. The new range, fitted with a new 3-litre Turbocharged DI engine, delivers improved fuel economy, higher power and torque, said Mr Rajesh Nair, regional manager Passenger Car Business Unit(PCBU).

The new engine develops maximum power and torque of 70 PS (at 3000 rpm) and 223 Nm at (2200 rpm) respectively. This results in considerable improvement in overall performance and drivability, Mr Nair said.

The BSII range of Sumo Victa DI has been priced between Rs 4.83 lakhs and Rs 5.78 lakhs (ex-showroom, Anand) while the BSIII range is priced between Rs 5.06 lakhs and Rs 6.04 lakhs (Ex showroom, Ahmedabad).

Tata Motors sold nearly 48,000 utility vehicles in the domestic market last fiscal, including 32,000 of the Sumo range. Since the launch of the Sumo in 1994, over 356, 000 unites have been produced.

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