Tata Motors today announced that its upcoming Micro SUV the Tata Punch has become the latest recipient of the 5-star rating (16.453) for adult occupant protection and 4-starrating (40.891) for child occupant protection from Global NCAP, the foremost global car assessment programme. The Punch is third car from Tata Motors to receive this recognition after Altroz in January 2020 and Nexon in December 2018.
Tata Motors will be launching the Punch on the 18th of this month. The Punch has been designed across its studios in India, UK, and Italy. The SUV is built on the proven and modern Agile Light Flexible Advanced (ALFA) Architecture that it shares with the Altroz, the PUNCH incorporate several industry first innovations to enhance both functionality and driving pleasure. Its tall stance, high ground clearance of 190mm along with a water wading limit of 390meters make it a very capable SUV.
Commenting on this milestone, Mr. Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicles Business, Tata Motors, said, “SUVs are the ideal solution for Indian customers as they offer a perfect balance of performance, comfort and durability suited for Indian roads. When we were developing the Punch, we were very clear that despite its compact size, we wanted to offer customers a holistic package. The Punch reinforces the four core pillars that define all Tata SUVs- Stunning Design, Versatile and Engaging Performance, Roomy and Spacious Interiors, and Absolute Safety. We are proud to have delivered yet another product that will be regarded as the safest passenger vehicle on Indian roads. This landmark achievement by Tata Motors is also a testament of the fact that the automotive industry in India is capable of delivering the highest global standards of safety in vehicles.”
According to Mr Rajendra Petkar, President & Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors, “We are delighted to offer yet another 5-star rated car from our stable – The Tata Punch. It is an Industry first achievement in the sub-compact SUV segment and a testimony to Tata Motors continued commitment and leadership on product safety. This achievement is in line with our philosophy that vehicle safety should be made accessible to all. Getting the GNCAP 5-star for vehicle program comes as an outcome of the relentless hard work put in by cross-functional teams across the organization, including our supplier partners. Together they have delivered yet another excellent package consisting of an outstanding structural integrity while deploying “digital first” strategy. The Company has dedicated itself to the mission of ‘Safe Bharat’ by developing innovative and safe mobility solutions and is committed to the mobility transformation through Connected, Electrified, Shared & Safe (CESS) approach.”
The Tata Punch will be available in 4 distinct personas -Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative with both Manual (MT) and Automatic (AMT) transmission options along with customization packs. You can choose the Punch from 7 body color options namely Orcus White, Daytona Grey, Calypso Red, Tornado Blue, Tropical Mist, Atomic Orange, and Meteor Bronze. The Tata Punch comes powered with the 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated, three-cylinder, Revotron petrol engine that produces 85bhp at 6,000rpm and 113Nm of torque at 3,300rpm. This engine comes mated to either a five-speed manual unit or an AMT unit. The AMT variants also come with traction pro mode.
On the inside the Tata Punch gets a dual-tone interior theme, seven-inch Harman touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, seven-inch instrument cluster same as the Altroz, leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, cruise control, automatic climate control, steering-mounted controls, rectangular AC vents with contrast coloured accents, drive modes (City and Eco), engine start-stop button, height-adjustable driver seat, iRA technology, a cooled glove-box, second-row arm rest, automatic headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers. In terms of safety the Punch comes with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, a seat belt reminder system, a speed alert system, brake sway control, reverse parking camera, and a tyre puncture repair kit as standard.