Tata Merlin India: After the huge success of the Tata Safari SUV, the company is all set to replicate the same fervor with the launch of a revamped Tata Safari renamed as the Tata Merlin. In fact the speculations regarding the car had begun doing rounds from the last two years. However until recently not much was known about the car. Recently the Tata Merlin India has been caught during several test rides and the company too has buckled under pressure to reveal the launch of the car which is expected to be in a matter of few weeks as you read this review.
Tata Merlin Exteriors:
The Tata Merlin is nothing like the old Safari. The car has a no nonsense design and has no attitude to its looks. The car has a got a studded front which is one of the most common sights these days. The L shaped projector head lights have a neat flat appearance and voluptuous at the right areas. The Tata Merlin seems to be heavily swept off by the Range Rover style and the body color bumpers give some relief from the copied look. The fog lamps are almost ready to attack situated on the bumpers. The whole appearance is carried with grace by a 5 spoke alloy wheels.
The sides have body color door knobs. The ORVMs are also attached with indicators. Power windows are a compulsion in both sides of the Tata Merlin. Remote fuel filler, keyless entry and the tinted glass all add to the gorgeous name of Merlin and off course not to forget the panoramic top for some cool breeze.
Tata Merlin Interiors:
The Tata Merlin interiors will surely stand up to its name and is also expected to outdo the outgoing Safari. The Merlin will easily carry seven people inside the cabin. The car will have complete electronic switches, new meter dials, tachometre, two trip meter and white back light dial and arm rest for the driver. The dual AC vents will come with a climate control on the dashboard. The car will also have good high quality upholstery for the interior cabin. While the footrests for the last row seats are retractable the folding options for the rear seats are absent.
The driver’s will have to make them self’s comfortable with the manual seat adjustment. The gear box will be a manual transmission with five speed options. The steering wheel will also have some mounted controls for making your driving easy. Over all the Merlin will surely be better in terms of the package and comfort compared to the Safari.
Tata Merlin Ride and Handling:
The Tata Merlin will be equipped with solid braking system to ensure total road control even during off roading escapades. The front section of the car will have the ventilated brakes while the rear wheels will be controlled by the disk brakes to decelerate the SUV in quick time during any type of emergency road situations.
Tata Merlin Specifications
The Tata Merlin Specifications come with a 2.2 litre DiCOR diesel powered engine. The engine will be of 2179cc capacity and power up to a maximum of 140 bhp at 4000 rpm. The car also delivers 320 Nm at 1700 rpm. The Tata Merlin Specifications for the tyre size dimension will be up to 235/70 R16 105S and will have a ground clearance of 195 mm. The Tata Merlin Specifications will length around 4650 mm while its width is 1918 mm with a height of 1925 mm. Tata Merlin Specifications reveal that the car would be lighter than the Tata Safari making it more fuel economic. The Tata Merlin Specifications for the fuel tank will be 65 litre and have a kerb weight of 2040 kg.
Tata Merlin Ex-showroom Price:
The Tata Merlin Price as per the variants
– Tata Merlin Price GX 4×2 – Rs. 12,00,000.00
– Tata Merlin Price GX 4×4 – Rs. 13,00,000.00
– Tata Merlin Price VX 4×2 – Rs. 14,00,000.00
– Tata Merlin Price VX 4×4 – Rs. 15,00,000.00
The Tata Merlin price will cost more than the outgoing models of Tata Safari, it will be priced between 12 lakh rupees to 15 lakh rupees.
Tata Merlin Competitors
The Tata Merlin India is expected to rub shoulders with the likes of other SUV’s like Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CRV and the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra xuv500, Ford Endeavour and Toyota Innova etc.
Tata Merlin Mileage
The Tata Merlin like most of its other contemporaries will drive about 11 km / litre in city while it gives 15 km / litre on highways.
Tata Merlin Safety features
The Tata Merlin India is expected to come with remote central locking system to ensure un-wanted entry into the cars. It will also have Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) technology to give you total control in case of emergency braking and helps you stay on the road. On the passive safety list the car will likely come with parking sensors to assist the parking of vehicle at the right space. The addition of fog lamps gives you good visibility even during poor light or weather conditions which are believed to be added along with traction control.