TATA Motors that scored over both Nissan and Mahindra in the tender to supply vehicles to the Indian Army, have delivered the first batch of the Safari 4×4. Indian Army will will get delivered a total of 3,192 units of these Safari 4×4 over the next few months.
The Army spec Safari Storme, is noted in a green paint that is distinctive to all Indian Army vehicles. The entire SUV is painted in this unique shade of green and there is no use of chrome throughout its exterior while every plastic part is also in the same shade of green.
The only non green parts are the footsteps and roof rails. Exteriors were also noted with a pintle hook at the rear, an antenna on the hood and spotlights on front bumper. The green colour scheme is even extended to the 5 spoke alloy wheels. Interiors are done up in beige but other details of interiors are not revealed as on date.
Engine specifications on the TATA Safari Storm includes a 2.2 liter, 4 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine offering 154 bhp peak power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm torque at 1,700-2,700 rpm mated to a 6 speed manual transmission with a 4×4 drive system.
Commanding high ground clearance at 200 mm, a ladder-on-frame chassis and 4 wheel drive system makes the Safari Storm ideally suited for use by the Indian Army as it is capable of tackling the roughest of terrain. It is also its 4×4 transfer offering both high and low ratios and shift-on-fly system that can be operated by a rotary knob located near transmission gear level that suits the demands of the Indian Army.
Modified as per Ministry of Defence requirements and complying with Request for Proposal (RFP) the TATA Safari Storme, under the newly formed GS800 category, also gets hard roofs, run-flat tyres and air-conditioning and has minimum payload capacity of 800 kg. If all goes well, over the next few years, Indian Army will replace their entire fleet of over 30,000.