Powering the Storme is the same 2179cc inline-four turbodiesel with a variable geometry turbine that does duty in the Aria.
This motor is good enough for 138 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 32.63 kgm at 1,700-2,700 rpm and it is paired to a five-speed manual transmission.
Good insulation keeps the noise from intruding into the cabin, though the diesel drone is prominent outside.
The strength of this motor is the driveability it offers across most regular driving conditions - the stream of torque it provides at the right power band allows you to make quick progress without having to shift gears constantly.
Just as well, as the gearshift quality is a bit notchy. However despite the VGT, it bogs down at low rpm and that makes it lethargic while moving from standstill.
Most of the effort of the engine seems to go into hauling this two-tonne SUV, and that's where the nub of the Storme's dynamics is.
Despite the new chassis that underpins the Storme, it still feels just the same because of its inherent weight.
If Tata engineers had managed to shave off between 100 and 200 kg, the Storme would be a different animal altogether even if it did not look all-new.
It is still top-heavy and has a tendency to roll, though it is minimised to an extent. And true to its roots, it evens out most of the bad patches on the road, thus keeping passengers comfortable.
Like with the Aria, the steering feel is slightly vague. It tightens up suddenly while turning or feels loose straight-on. And there is not much up-down adjustment you can do to arrive at your perfect driving position.
The brakes, though effective, feel wooden to your right foot.
The Storme does not break new ground; it is a slightly more refined offering of the same Safari DNA.
Its ex-showroom Delhi price of Rs 9.95 lakh for the entry-level version, going all the way up to Rs 13.66 lakh for the 4x4 VX version, makes it a bit pricey.
After 14 years, one would have expected the maker of the Nano to put out a dramatically new replacement to the Safari.
The Storme does not take the big leap - for that, Tata Motors needs to work harder and keep its eyes on the ball.