Tata Motors has launched the armoured version of the Safari in India. The bullet-proof version is available directly from the manufacturer at Rs 60 lakh. This makes the Safari, one of the cheapest armoured car in India.
The armoured Safari, which is not indifferent in looks when compared to a normal Safari, can even withstand an underbelly hand grenade explosion, without causing any harm to the fuel tank, equipped with explosive suppressant material. At the same time, the new Safari is more than seven times the price of a Bharat Stage IV Safari Dicor LX, priced in Mumbai at nearly Rs 8 lakh.
The vehicle, which has got NIJ Level III/B6 protection, can even run on flat tyres for 50 kilometres at a speed of 50-60 km/hour. Its bulletproof transparent areas like glass can also withstand a range of heavy loaded small arms such as a Kalashnikov.
The vehicle’s interiors sport plush leather, and its suspension systems are fine-tuned to manage the added weight of the armoury. The armoured Safari can run at a top speed of 150 km an hour and can ascend a slope of 60 per cent.
Tata Motors last year launched the armoured versions of the Discovery and Range Rover model from the Land Rover stable.
Demand, although is expected to be low in numbers will flow in the ministerial class and from high income individuals such as businessmen.