Launched last year, the Tata Punch has successfully managed to bridge the gap between the Tiago and the Nexon in its carmaker’s product catalogue. The B1-segment hatchback is a Maruti Ignis rival and looks like a mini Tata Harrier. It has already attracted many car buyers with its bold looks, decent ride quality, many features and a high crash worthiness. Talking of the latter, let’s have a look at the Tata Punch safety rating –
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Tata Motors has been a regular with acing NCAP crash tests. In the recent times, we’ve seen many Tata models bagging a full 5-star rating in adult protection category and the Tata Punch is no different. It has got a 5-star rating from the global testing body in the adult protection category. In fact, at the time of the launch, Tata Motors’ president and CTO Rajendra Petkar said that getting the highest possible rating ‘wasn’t a walk in the park.
“At Tata Motors, we have a legacy of building safe and durable cars,” he said, “but developing a car to be rated 5 stars at Global NCAP has always been complex and challenging.” In words of the executive, the ALFA ARC platform that the Punch shares with the Altroz is “robust, durable and designed to deliver a five-star performance.” That, however, wasn’t the only requirement to bag a full 5-star safety rating. Compared to the Altroz, which was quick to impress with the 5-star safety rating, the Punch is smaller dimensionally while its SUVish design requires many recalculations to keep the safety score high.
“Being a smaller footprint compared to the Altroz, we faced significant challenges,” Petkar remarked. One of the biggest challengers were the short overhangs leading to lesser distance between the terminal ends of the vehicle and the wheels. Also, the driver is seated closer to the steering than in an Altroz, which, in turn, leads to a higher risk of injury to the driver. But using CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) simulations, the company could realize the issue and could optimize the packaging for offering an optimum mix of safety as well as space.
“Between the engine housing area and the cabin, lots of work had to be done to define the optimal crush length, and also the optimal use of high-strength steel (HSS) and hot-stamped parts. And then in the development phase, we did crash tests and refined it even further,” Petkar said. The 5-star safety rating of Tata Punch is definitely one of the biggest highlights of the vehicles. Not just this, it even makes Tata Motors the only carmaker in the country to offer multiple 5-star-rated cars in a sub-10-lakh-rupees price range. This has certainly worked in favour of the carmaker as many new car buyers are increasingly opting for safer cars over models that deliver a higher fuel efficiency but don’t have a similarly high safety rating.
Speaking on the performance of Tata Punch Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP said,
“Tata has once again achieved a top safety rating for adult protection and four stars for children in a new and popular model category. This voluntary test result confirms the direction of Tata’s journey towards safer cars for India. Our test procedures demonstrate Tata’s progress in becoming one of the safety leaders in the Indian market with our current protocols. As the protocols evolve to include electronic stability control (ESC), side impact head protection and pedestrian protection, we would encourage Tata to maintain this leadership position.”
David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said,
“We are obviously delighted with Tata’s safety result in this voluntary test. Global NCAP encourages manufacturers to participate in our programme on a voluntary basis to help create a market for safety. It is very satisfying to see leading manufacturers like Tata and Mahindra engage so positively with our #SaferCarsforIndia agenda. It remains disappointing that not all car makers in the Indian market have such a strong commitment to safety improvements.”
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