Tata Punch becomes India’s safest car – beats Altroz, XUV300 and Nexon in Global NCAP crash test
Global NCAP has today officially released the safety ratings of the upcoming Tata Punch. As leaked earlier on the official website, it is indeed true that the punch has garnered a 5 star safety rating. Not only this, it has now become the safest car in India – beating the Tata Nexon, Tata Altroz and Mahindra XUV300.
Before today, it was Mahindra XUV300 which was the safest car in India, scoring 16.42 points in adult safety and 37.44 points in child safety. Tata Punch has outperformed him, scoring 16.45 in Adult Safety and 40.89 in Child Safety. Below is a list of cars currently for sale in India and tested by Global NCAP.
Tata Punch Safety Report for Adult Safety
The protection given to the head and neck of the driver and passenger was good. The chest of the driver and passenger showed good protection. Driver and passenger knees showed good protection. The driver’s tibia showed adequate protection, while the passenger’s tibia showed adequate and good protection.
The bodyshell was rated as stable and was able to withstand further loads. The footwell area was given stable status. The car offers standard Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) for the driver and passenger. The car passes the UN95 side impact test, has front passenger SBR that meets the requirements and offers standard ABS (4 channels). All of the above explains the five-star rating for adult occupant protection.
Tata Punch Safety Report for Child Safety
The child seat for children 3 years and 1.5 years old was installed with ISOFIX connectors and support legs at the rear. The CRS was able to prevent excessive forward movement during impact and provided good protection to both the head and chest of the dummy. The CRS marking was permanent.
The recommended CRS did not show inconsistency. The vehicle offers a lap belt in the rear center position. The car has standard ISOFIX anchorages. All of the above told about the Four Star Rating for Child Occupant Protection.
Tata Punch Trims & Color Options
For a change, Tata has decided to use a new variant naming strategy in which they have abandoned the traditional XE/XM/XT/XZ list and instead use adjectives like pure, bold, complete and creative . The Pure is the new base model, while the Adventure sits on top of it. The Creative is the top-end trim and the Accomplished is second from the top. The color options include 7 different shades, including Atomic Orange, Meteor Bronze, Daytona Grey, Calypso Red, Tornado Blue, Tropical Mist, and Orcus White.
Punch is based on the new Agile Light Flexible Advanced (ALFA) architecture. It shares it with the Altroz which is also based on the same platform. Tata’s signature Impact 2.0 design philosophy determines the overall appeal of the car. To add to its SUV quotient, the design team at Tata has installed thick plastic cladding around the punch. The top of the line trims also get a dual tone color scheme, which further adds to the aggressive look of the punch.
Under the hood, Tata has employed its tried and tested 3-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol motor, which also powers other Tata products such as the Tiago, Tigor and Altroz. The motor can make 85 hp and 113 Nm of peak torque. On the punch, Tata will offer 2 transmission options, a 5 speed MT and an AMT setup.
From the inside, the design of the punch resembles the one seen on the Altroz. It gets a semi-digital instrument cluster, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Tata’s new IRA Connected feature pack, flat bottom steering, multiple drive modes, cruise control, auto wipers and headlamps and much more.
In Tata’s portfolio, the Punch will be positioned as the new entry-level SUV and hence will be placed below the Nexon. Due to its price and positioning, it will be placed above the Tiago and at the same level as the Altroz. Unsurprisingly, it also shares its platform and considerable powertrain components with the Altroz.
The punch is expected to be priced between Rs 5-8.5 lakh, and hence will be a direct competitor to other micro SUVs and several hatchbacks. The competition will include Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i10 Nios, Mahindra KUV100 and Maruti Suzuki Ignis. Thanks to its pricing, it will compete with the entry-level trims of the Renault Keger and the Nissan Magnite. The official bookings have already started and one can book a Punch for INR 21K at a Tata dealership or on the official website of Tata.