Tata Punch is an all-new micro-SUV and there may be certain things things that you do not know about it.
The all-new Tata Punch will be launched on 20th October. Before that, the cars have already reached the showrooms. During our test drive of the Tata Punch, we found a lot of interesting things that many of you may not know about
Tata’s Punch is the Indian carmaker’s latest offering in the recently conceptualized micro-SUV segment. Despite being a car this small, it does have some characteristics of more conventional SUVs. Here are five things that you should know about the all-new Tata Punch
Water wading capability
At 370mm, the water wading capability of the Tata Punch is higher than all the other cars in its segment. This is also aided by the fact that it rides high with a ground clearance of 187mm.
Off-road friendly design
Not only does this help add to the water wading capabilities of the micro-SUV, but it also lends a superb approach angle of 20.3 degrees, a departure angle of 37.6 degrees and a breakover angle of 22.2 degrees. Outside of urban environments and on weekend getaways is where this tiny SUV would feel as at home as in the city.
Further adding to the SUV characteristics of the Punch, Tata has equipped it with a guided traction control system called the Traction Pro mode. This is helpful if the car ever gets stuck in a low traction situation. Once stuck, the ECU detects a slip and gives the driver a prompt, who should then proceed to depress the brake pedal while gently accelerating with their right foot. The car will detect this and lock the wheel which is slipping and gradually send power to the wheel which has traction available. This is available in the AMT version of the Tata Punch. This is useful in off-road driving conditions and can be the difference between needing a tow or making it through.
The Punch is also a safe car. It has a host of safety features and is also constructed to be able to keep the occupants safe in the case of a crash. The platform upon which this car is constructed is the same as the Tata Altroz, called the ALFA-ARC – Agile, Light, Flexible, Advanced Architecture. The concept behind this is to be able to have an architecture versatile enough for various body styles. The Punch should soon receive its Global NCAP rating, and it’s expected to be 4 to 5 stars, similar to that of the Altroz, which got the highest rating possible – 5-stars.
EV version coming soon
This ALFA-ARC platform has another feature. It is adaptable to fulfil the requirements of an Electric Vehicle. The chassis for EVs need to be able to house large battery systems and electric motors while being light and robust. This is something that Tata is actively contemplating. Once finalized, the Punch EV will almost certainly arrive with the company’s Ziptron high-voltage architecture. As of right now, the Punch does not have any competition in the segment which is available as an electric car.