Tata Motors is all set to release its new full grown SUV – Tata Safari Merlin. The new SUV will be manufactured at company’s facility near Pune. The 2011 Tata Safari Merlin is based on the platform of Tata Aria which itself is based on Tata Safari’s platform. It will be showcased at the Auto Expo in January 2012.
Tata Safari Merlin will maintain most of the features of Tata Safari and Tata Aria but some cosmetic changes will be made to the exterior. At the front, a new headlamps, grille, bumper and bonnet will give the new look. There are some novelties at the rear such as two chrome tipped rear exhausts and a chrome slat running across the tail gate.
Tata Safari Merlin is likely to get a new 2.2L 217cc DICOR engine that currently powers Tata Safari. This engine will provide a maximum power of 140bhp at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 320Nm at 1700 rpm. The engine will incorporate a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Tata Safari Merlin is a seven-seater car and fully loaded with features at attractive price. The new SUV is expected to have advanced safety features including ABS, ESP and traction control. The price of Tata Safari Merlin is expected to be in India the Rs 5.30 lakhs to Rs 12 lakhs range.