Tata Punch, to be launched Oct 18, gets 5-star adult safety rating

Tata Motors

has said its upcoming subcompact SUV Punch has received a 5-star adult safety rating in a crash test from Global NCAP.

Punch also achieved a 4-star rating for child occupant safety, the company said in a release on Thursday. MCAP is an internationally renowned vehicle safety accreditation group.

The Punch will be launched on October 18.

Vehicles are rated on a scale of zero to five in a crash test. Punch received 16.45 points for adult occupant protection, taking it above Mahindra XUV 300, which was the leader till now with 16.42 score.

The Punch is the third car from Tata Motors to receive top crash test rating after Altroz in January 2020 and Nexon in December 2018. I

It was designed across its studios in India, the UK, and Italy, and was developed to herald an entirely new category – the sub-compact SUV, to address a growing customer need for a small in size but big on space, safety, performance and features.

“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,” Tata Motors President Passenger Vehicles Business Shailesh Chandra said in a statement.

The model comes with a 1.2 litre petrol engine mated to both manual and automatic transmissions. It has SUV attributes like tall seating, high ground clearance, 370 mm water wading capability and traction feature to aid recovery in off road situations.