The Safari then has always had its share of adherents.
These folks loved its tall stance and appearance, the comfort and space inside, its ability to iron out bad roads and generally its go-anywhere attitude. We were impressed too.
Old-time readers would remember our epic drive in 1998 where we participated in the London-Cape Town Rally (yes, London, UK to Cape Town, SA!) with the Safari and reported our progress on this very page running across weeks.
The capability of the car was never in question though it could and did receive a host of changes. But these were just evolutionary improvements and not revolutionary ones.
These kept the SUV plodding along, while arch-rival Mahindra kept pulling one new SUV after another like rabbits out of a magician's hat.