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Old 23rd September 2011, 18:31   #886
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I think we can safely rule out a Sep 27th launch. They might make an announcement to steal M&M XUV's thunder. Hope they come out soon with the Merlin!
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The Safari picture in this link is mine, this is again taken from wikipedia.org, where if one does a search for Tata Safari, one gets to see 2 pictures of Black Storm.
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I guess the launch is indeed in this month itself cause I do not know if you guys have noticed but the Tata safari is being advertised again on the TV so maybe they want to clear the old stocks for the Merlin.
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there is one of the picture from our tbhp member on this link
Tata Safari Merlin | Premium SUV | September Launch | Force One | Mahindra Global SUV |
Yes, I think it is LukeSkyWalker's Safari shot by rjstyles, IIRC. The latter had also shot his Scorp at the same/similar place?

Dont these auto magazines/online have any courtesy to acknowledge a source?

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Source IAB

Rear Looks Macho!!

''The Merlin was caught testing by IAB fan Bhushan P on the NH4 just before Pune. Bhushan says the Merlin was easily doing 120kph.Equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels, new steering system, improved gearbox, and many new features borrowed from the Aria parts bin and a 2.2-liter DICOR engine that could produce higher power and torque outputs, the Merlin is on a mission to unsettle the Mahindra Scorpio''
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Checked with the Chennai Concorde. The guy says that Merlin will be launched in October'11 as it was told to them long back and there wasn't any update after that. When i asked about the September'11 launch as it is floating on the net, he very firmly stick to the Oct. Also he has told that many enquirers expressed their displeasure on the stepney going under the chasis.
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Caught on NH4, the rear looks Macho and Huge!

Tata Safari Merlin continues testing; Launch not in this month
Equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels, new steering system, improved gearbox, and many new features borrowed from the Aria parts bin and a 2.2-liter DICOR engine that could produce higher power and torque outputs, the Merlin is on a mission to unsettle the Mahindra Scorpio.
Power was not an issue with Safari after its 2.2Dicor iteration. Lots of QC and niggles on reliability and hence overal product quality of Safari has been not up to the mark.

Scorpio has become 4K units volume seller with a sizeable presence in people moving segment, while Safari is largely private aspirational vehicle and has been doing only about 1K for quite some time due to QC issues and prevented by last row jump seats to become a MUV/people mover.

Pricing is important for TATA. Given TATA's recent strategy of erasing VFM tag associated with them, I don't expect them to price it competitively.

I sincerely hope TATA lauches totally enhanced Safari with great reliability and great safety and comfort-convenience features at best price. Rather Tata going towards big T on prices TATA must set a trend of big T slashing the price and offer more for sustaining volumes.

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confirm news MERLIN launch postponed for next year may be auto expo . Production of only 20 vehicles done no plan for immediate production which was proposed earlier. SOP not yet decided.
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confirm news MERLIN launch postponed for next year may be auto expo . Production of only 20 vehicles done no plan for immediate production which was proposed earlier. SOP not yet decided.
What is the source? Bad news anyways!
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What is the source? Bad news anyways!
safari production line is the source, as i am scouting for a SUV in this range I was confused between F1 & merlin but as launch was round the corner I had thought to wait, hence I confirmed with safari prod line & they said it has been postponed as some issues are still to be sorted out which can take a month or two.
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Good to know that TATA is coming out with something new in SUV segment. But Merlin? is that the name they can think of for an SUV. This name is so feminine.
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confirm news MERLIN launch postponed for next year may be auto expo . Production of only 20 vehicles done no plan for immediate production which was proposed earlier. SOP not yet decided.
Good news & bad news ! Good news is even now they are wanting to clear all niggles before launch, which means we can look forward for a nice product [hopefully]. Bad news is its getting delayed. I still prefer sorting out niggles & launching it slightly late than giving us a car with niggles. TATA very seriously should do this on all their cars.

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Good to know that TATA is coming out with something new in SUV segment. But Merlin? is that the name they can think of for an SUV. This name is so feminine.
I guess Merlin is the code word & not the actual word.
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Good to know that TATA is coming out with something new in SUV segment. But Merlin? is that the name they can think of for an SUV. This name is so feminine.
Merlin can't be feminine because Merlin was never a female name. History on the most famous Merlin, a Wizard in the days of King Arthur, can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin
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Just heard from a friend of mine in TML that auto expo looks doubtful, launch might be even later!
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Just heard from a friend of mine in TML that auto expo looks doubtful, launch might be even later!
TML never launches its cars at the Auto Expo. It only unveils them there. Launch (if it takes place) follows later, usually after a year or so.
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