Tech2 news teamOctober 14, 2021 2:33:09 PM IS
In news that is sure to add to its appeal, the Tata Punch mini-SUV has secured a total of five stars in Global NCAP crash tests, making it the third Tata offering to achieve the highest star rating in these tests. The Punch received a five-star rating for the protection of adult occupants and a four-star rating for the protection of child occupants. Eclipsing even the Tata Nexon and Tata Altroz (which also boast five-star ratings), the coup recorded an adult occupant protection score of 16.45 out of a possible 17 points, even improving the Mahindra XUV300’s score to claim the score. Highest adult occupant protection for any vehicle Global NCAP has tested to date.
Global NCAP subjected Tata’s smallest SUV to date to a frontal crash test with travel speed of 64 kph, and in its report, noted that the hit provided good protection for the head, neck, chest and chest. knees of the driver and front passenger. The Punch’s body was said to be stable and to be “capable of supporting additional loads.” The footwell area was also observed to be stable.
Equally impressive is the Tata Punch’s child occupant protection score, which, at 40.89 points out of a potential 49, is second only to the Mahindra Thar (41.11 points). With the child seats for the three- and 1.5-year-old manikins installed rear-facing with ISOFIX connectors and support leg, Global NCAP noted that the ISOFIX anchors prevented excessive forward movement during impact and offered good protection for the head and shoulders. the chest. of both mannequins. You can watch the video of Tata Punch’s Global NCAP crash tests below.
While Global NCAP generally uses an entry-level model for its testing, it appears to have used a higher spec model once again for on-punch testing. According to Global NCAP, since safety features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seatbelt reminder, speed alert system, and ISOFIX anchors are standard across the range, a higher spec hit (weighing more than the base model) would face more of a challenge in these tests.
The high-spec variant of the punch is also equipped with alloy wheels, which are stronger than steel wheels and therefore the impact load on the structure in the event of a crash would be higher, adding to the challenge to secure a five star rating.
In its report, Global NCAP said that the Punch’s safety quotient can be further improved by equipping the SUV with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side airbags and three-point seatbelts for all vehicle occupants as standard. Currently, the punch is equipped with only two front airbags, lacks ESC, and has a lap belt for the center rear passenger. While adding all of these will undoubtedly increase the price of the Punch, it may be necessary for Tata to at least add ESC to the SUV in the future as it may be critical for the Punch to maintain its five-star rating as a Global NCAP. procedures evolve.
Speaking about Punch’s performance in the tests, Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP, said: “Tata has once again achieved a superior safety rating for adult protection and four stars for children in a new model category and popular. This voluntary test result confirms the direction of Tata’s journey towards safer cars for India. Our testing procedures demonstrate Tata’s progress to become one of the security leaders in the Indian market with our current protocols. As protocols evolve to include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side impact head protection and pedestrian protection, we encourage Tata to maintain this leadership position. “
Commenting on the news, David Ward, president of the Towards Zero Foundation, said: “Obviously, we are delighted with the Tata safety result on this voluntary test. Global NCAP encourages manufacturers to participate in our programs on a voluntary basis to help create a safety market. It is very satisfying to see leading manufacturers like Tata and Mahindra participate so positively with our #SaferCarsforIndia agenda. It remains disappointing that not all car manufacturers in the Indian market have such a strong commitment to safety improvements. “
The Tata Punch will be the company’s most affordable SUV yet, and is expected to sit between the Tiago and the Nexon, with prices likely to range from Rs 5 to Rs 8 lakh (before showroom). The launch of the Tata Punch is scheduled for October 18, and you can read our review of the mini-SUV right here.
Also read: ‘Not a hatchback’: why Tata Motors strives to establish the Punch as a true SUV