2022 Tata Safari Dark Edition first impression: A stylish SUV
Tata Motors has been quite successful with its Dark Edition range, which includes the Harrier, Nexon, and even the Altroz. However, it was about time that the flagship Safari also got the same treatment. The Safari Dark Edition was launched in India recently to join the Gold Edition. It brings numerous cosmetic updates to attract customers. Here is our first impression.
Why does this story matter?
Special editions are launched to keep the sales momentum going for a car and with increased competition in the premium SUV space, the Safari Dark Edition keeps this SUV fresh in the minds of the buyers. More than any other automaker, Tata Motors has been regularly launching special editions of its cars to increase the appeal of the models.
The exterior gets a new color and dark accents
The biggest differentiating factor visually is of course the lack of any chrome on the Safari Dark Edition along with the distinctive new black color, called Oberon Black. Alongside the new color, several dark accents are applied on the grille, headlamp surrounds, and also on roof rails. Further, 18-inch Blackstone alloy wheels and special badges complete the Dark Edition look.
The cabin also has a distinctive black color scheme
Just like the exteriors, the interiors of the Safari Dark Edition are completely blacked out with numerous dark-themed accents. The dashboard gets Blackstone Matrix inserts while the upholstery now has a Granite Black color scheme with tri-arrow perforations. The seats are comfortable while the quality of materials used is premium. Compared to the standard Safari cabin, the Dark Edition looks more attractive.
From connected car technology to ventilated seats
The Safari Dark Edition gets exclusive features like ventilated seats for the first and second row, an air purifier, as well as wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The special model also gets an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging, a panoramic sunroof, connected car technology, automatic climate control, and a part-digital instrument cluster. Another highlight is the premium JBL audio system.
The car gets no mechanical changes
There are no mechanical changes. Hence, the Safari Dark Edition continues to have the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine with 170hp/350Nm. Just like the regular Safari, the Dark Edition is also available with a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque converter automatic. The car gets drive modes along with Terrain Response modes where the ESP system is tailored to tackle a specific type of surface.
Is it worth the pocket-pinch?
Prices for the Safari Dark Edition start at Rs. 19.05 lakh (ex-showroom) and that means it carries a small premium over the regular Safari trims. That said, we think the Dark Edition further enhances the appeal of the Safari and the extra features do justify the increase in price. Hence, we think the Safari Dark Edition is a welcome addition to the Safari range.