When the Tata Punch was unveiled earlier this month, the Indian automaker stated that the new model’s safety was a top focus. And, true to its word, the subcompact SUV performed admirably in crash testing conducted by Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). The Punch received a complete 5-star safety rating for adult occupant protection and a 4-star rating for kid occupant safety from the safety watchdog.
The 5-star GNCAP safety rating for the Tata Punch explained
The Punch’s body shell has been rated as ‘stable’ and ‘capable of withstanding additional loadings.’ For adult occupants, the Tata received 16.45 points out of a possible 17. In fact, the Tata Altroz and Mahindra XUV300 both received higher scores than the 16.45 achieved by any automobile in India.
Regarding kid safety, the SUV received 40.89 out of a possible 49 points, earning it a 4-star rating. In order to receive a full 5-star safety certification, the Punch was subjected to a side impact test in addition to the front offset deformable barrier (ODB) test.
Platform and safety features of the Tata Punch
The Tata Altroz hatchback, which also has a 5-star GNCAP rating, shares the Punch’s ALFA architecture. Dual airbags, ABS, EBD, brake sway control, seatbelt reminder, high-speed alert, rear parking sensors, and ISOFIX child seat mounts are all standard safety equipment on the Punch.
Tata’s recent GNCAP results
All of Tata’s current models that have been evaluated by the GNCAP have performed admirably. With the addition of the Nexon, the Indian automaker now has three 5-star vehicles in its lineup. With a 4-star rating apiece, the Tiago and Tigor, as well as the recently tested Tigor EV, have put up a solid show.
GNCAP tests to get tougher
Though an increasing number of Indian vehicles have recently performed well in GNCAP crash tests, it is important to remember that the organization now only evaluates them for (passive) crash safety. This is expected to alter in the future years, with more emphasis placed on (active) crash avoidance.
As we have stated, GNCAP testing will become much more difficult starting next year. In 2022, ESC will be mandated as a necessity for higher ratings, and the side impact test will become a routine procedure. By 2026, GNCAP will have overhauled its testing process, assigning a single star rating (rather than the existing system of separate ratings for adult and kid occupants) and incorporating assessments for more active safety technology.
In a similar vein, the Indian government intends to make ESC and AEB mandatory in the near future.