Tata Safari Dicor, the standard SUV from the home-grown carmaker has been stopped in India. Tata Motors has removed the model from its official website, while its modern iteration – the Safari Storme, will now solely represent the Safari moniker in the Indian market. Both the business as well as Tata Motors dealers have established that the Tata Safari Dicor is no longer in manufacture. Until Tata Motors pulled the plug on it, the Tata Safari Dicor was available in two variants – LX 4×2 and EX 4×2. Some of the dealers we spoke to said that they might have a few units in stock, so if you were planning to buy the Safari Dicor anytime soon, then you could get one at a discounted rate. First presented in the Indian markets in 1998, the Tata Safari has been one of the most popular SUVs to be sold in the Indian auto market. An icon in its own sense, the Tata Safari initially came with a 2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that used to churn out 86 bhp and came mated to a 5-speed synchromesh manual gearbox. While the 2003 facelift of the Safari just involved cosmetic updates, in 2005, the business presented a new 3-litre Direct Injection Common Rail engine (Dicor) and added the Dicor suffix to the name. Power output was bumped to a good 115 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque.
The engine came mated to a new 5-speed manual gearbox. 2 years later the company announced the now on use Euro4 compliant 2.2-litre Dicor turbo diesel engine which is not only more efficient but also more powerful. On the Dicor, the new engine made about 140 bhp of max power and 320 Nm of peak torque while mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. In 2012 the company presented the 2nd gen model of the Safari Dicor christening it the Safari Storme, which is currently on sale in India. This one was based on the new X2 platform that underpinned the Aria and came with a stronger chassis, improved styling, quality equipment and better features. Despite its introduction, Tata Motors sustained to sell the Dicor concurrently owing to market demand, while the Storme co-existed with it as a more premium version. The powertrain, however, is the same in both the models. Having said that, towards, the end of 2015 the company introduced an better version of the engine exclusive to the Storme that makes a segment-best 154 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque and was christened Varicor 400.