Tata Motors names its upcoming SUV as ‘PUNCH’.

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Following a grand unveil at the Auto Expo 2020 as the H2X Concept, Tata Motors is now gearing up to launch the newest addition to its SUV line-up. The Company has christened this highly anticipated SUV as ‘PUNCH’.

Leading up to its national launch this festive season, Tata Motors has today officially unveiled the PUNCH, its first SUV built on ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture), developed under Impact 2.0 design language.

Designed for the next generation users, the Tata ‘PUNCH’ is a no-compromise SUV, offering an exciting mix of tough utility with sporting dynamics and epitomises what a characterful SUV should be.

It is bold, young, modern yet robust, compact yet practical, tough yet playful and exudes true expression of confidence and individuality.

The Tata PUNCH has been cleverly carved to sneak through the busy streets while being a fun car to drive on winding, rugged countryside vistas.

It packs in a punch for SUV enthusiasts by providing ample cabin space, great drivability, segment leading safety and power packed performance of a true SUV.

Combined with its versatility to go anywhere, the high seating position and a dynamic SUV design makes it a desirable choice for all SUV lovers.

Whilst delivering all the expected attributes, Tata Punch goes above and beyond to bring customer an impactful offering, never seen presence like before, with extraordinary attention to detail and pristine quality execution, all while delivering a dynamic, stylish and a trendy urban SUV.​


Tata 'PUNCH' Reveal Video:

 

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Tata Punch Small SUV Announced - Here's All You Need To Know | MotorBeam​

Tata's new small SUV is called Punch! It looks like a smaller version of the Harrier and will rival the Maruti Ignis.

Will get a 1.2 litre petrol engine with the lower variants getting the naturally aspirated version while the higher trims coming in turbocharged form.

 

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Tata to Punch out Ignis with new crossover

This crossover could be Tata’s way back into SA.

Indian and Chinese car companies have had mixed fortunes in South Africa.

Haval has transformed into a substantive local brand despite the challenges, and with South Africans buying down, Chery is also keen to reengage with the local market.

After an unhappy departure, Tata’s passenger car division is also strategizing for a return – especially considering Mahindra’s success.

Forget about the memory of awful Indicas and Indigos. The new Tata passenger vehicle range will trend towards compact crossovers – and we’ve now seen the first image of exactly such a vehicle, from Tata.

It is called the Punch and is an evolution of the Indian company’s HBX Concept. What size is it? Tata hasn’t confirmed dimensions, but the HBX Concept was 3.84m long and served as the base for this new Punch.

Tata is effectively going after the Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100 with its Punch.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring-news/tata-to-punch-out-ignis-with-new-crossover/100206/
 

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Tata Punch revealed as new contender in the micro-crossover segment

The all-new Tata Punch has been revealed in a first official image as a compact high-riding product that will be throwing its name in the ring where the Suzuki Ignis and company are currently battling it out.

The Tata Punch is based on the brand’s ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) platform and makes use of the Impact 2,0 design language as seen on the Altroz hatch. It’s understood that this new offering will boast measurements in line with the H2X concept, on which it was based. At 3 840 mm long, 1 822 mm wide and 1 635 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2 450 mm, it falls in line with everything else currently offered in the segment.

Engine options have not yet been detailed but India Car News reports that a naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1,2-litre three-cylinder unit may be available. These engines are likely to be paired with a five-speed manual or automated manual transmission. Drive modes could also be offered for a more in-depth motoring experience.

Although no images of the interior have surfaced as yet, the Tata Punch is likely to adopt a floating touchscreen infotainment system, multifunction steering wheel, fabric seats, Harman audio system, semi-digital instrument console, ambient lighting, ABS with EBD, cornering stability and parking sensors.

Although Tata is still operating in South Africa via its commercial offering, its passenger cars have faded away from local dealerships with the last product introduced here being the Bolt hatchback and sedan. There’s no indication from the local arm whether its new line-up will be entering South Africa as of yet.

 

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Tata lifts the lid off its latest Punch SUV offering - would you buy one?

• Tata no longer sells new passenger cars locally.

• The Punch SUV is rumoured to be powered by a 1.2-litre engine.

• It is the first SUV built on ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture).

Tata might not be a regular fixture locally anymore but the automaker unveiled its upcoming offering - an SUV known as the Punch.

The automaker gave little away in the form of trim level, pricing and standard features - though it is the first SUV built on ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture).

According to CarDekho, it will likely be powered by a 1.2-litre engine coupled to a manual transmission.

It remains highly unlikely that the Punch will be sold in South Africa, seeing as though Tata passenger models aren't sold brand-new anymore although its commercial operations are still ongoing.


 

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Tata Punch interior revealed in official teaser - Team-BHP​

The Tata Punch is expected to rival the upcoming Citroen C3.


Tata Motors has released a short teaser video revealing the interiors of the upcoming Punch.

The Tata Punch will be offered with a dual-tone interior, with colour-matched inserts around the air-conditioner vents. A floating touchscreen infotainment system sits at the top of the centre console.

The Punch gets a flat-bottom steering wheel with a semi-digital instrument cluster similar to that of the Harrier. Higher variants of the Punch will be equipped with features like automatic climate control and cruise control.

The Tata Punch is likely to be offered with a 1.2-litre petrol engine producing 85 BHP and 113 Nm. Higher variants of the car might get a turbocharged 1.2-litre motor, while transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT.

Some dealers have started accepting bookings for the Punch.

 

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It looks like that Hondnaai SUV. You know the one that looks like this.
 

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Indian Motoring Press YouTube Videos on the Tata Punch

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Tata Punch - Indian Motoring Press - First Drive Reviews​

Autocar India

carandbike - Tech Check

carandbike - First Drive

MotorBeam - Punch vs Nexon

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Tata Punch Review - Team-BHP​

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Tata Punch Pros​

• Snazzy styling! We love the mini-Harrier face and tight rear end
• Well-designed & practical cabin with enough space for 4 adults
• 366-liter boot is accommodating
• 1.2L NA petrol offers good driveability in the city. Performance is acceptable <90 kmph
• Sorted road manners & reassuring high speed stability
• Enjoyable Harman 6-speaker ICE. One of the better systems in this segment
• Features such as auto headlamps & wipers, cruise control, Traction Pro (AMT), cooled glovebox…with factory customization packs too
• Uses the well-rated platform of the Altroz. Safety package includes dual airbags, CSC, brake sway control, ISOFIX etc.

Tata Punch Cons​

• 1.2L NA petrol’s highway performance is weak. At 100 kmph & up, more noise than action
• Suspension has a firm tune (R16 variants). It is compliant & liveable, but you do feel bad roads
• Jerky and slow AMT gearbox when competitors offer you smoother CVTs and torque converters
• 3-cylinder petrol cannot match the competition’s 4-cylinders in refinement & NVH
• No turbo petrol or diesel option. Period. Rivals & other Tata cars offer both
• Cabin width makes 4 adults welcome, not 5
• Some missing goodies such as an auto-dimming IRVM, splitting rear seat, rear AC vents, full-size spare…
• Tata's after-sales service quality is a hit or miss. Remains a gamble

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Introduction​

Crossovers of all sizes are hot in the market & Tata's product onslaught is in full-on aggressive mode. Tata already has the Nexon (which a lot of people love) in the Compact SUV segment and now, it has brought in the Punch which, with its 1.2L 3-cylinder NA motor, will sit just below the Nexon in the company's product portfolio.

Tata isn’t the first manufacturer to try its hand in the sub-compact crossover segment. Last year, we saw the entry of the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger in this space and they’ve managed to attract thousands of customers each month.

Because this is a price-sensitive segment, an attractive price tag is a must for Tata Motors to land a knockout punch (pun intended).

While the naturally-aspirated engine will play a part in keeping the car's price low, here’s some food for thought - Tata is trying to protect the Nexon way too much.

First, it gave the Altroz the same turbo-petrol engine in a lower state of tune and now, the Punch doesn’t get the 1.2L turbo-petrol to differentiate the Nexon from this car.

That is really not cool. As GTO never fails to mention, if you don’t cannibalise yourself, someone else will gladly do it for you.

The Punch and Altroz are super important cars and Tata is doing them a disservice by not powering them with the full spec turbo-petrol engine, which it has ready in-house. We can tell you that the biggest con of the Punch is that 1.2L NA engine & performance over 80 - 90 km/h.

Sucks that Tata has the ammunition ready, but won't take it out of the arsenal.

At the very least, the 1.2L Turbo can be offered as an option on the higher variants?! We hope this comes soon, as Tata did with the Altroz which was also originally launched with just the 1.2L NA motor.

Lessons must be taken from the Koreans who offer all possible engines + gearboxes at launch, leaving the final choice to the most important fellow (i.e. you, the customer).

Full detailed review with MANY more exterior & interior photos at the link below:

 

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I'm convinced that is a funky car and with good marketing & keen pricing it will sell well in SA!
 

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Tata PUNCH | India's Safest Car - TATA Motors Cars​

Safe For One, Safe For All!

Proud to announce that #TataPUNCH becomes India's Safest Car with 5 stars rating from Global NCAP.

 

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Exclusive: Tata Punch Gets 5 Stars in Crash Test by Global NCAP - carandbike​

The Tata Punch has scored 5 Stars from safety rating agency Global NCAP. The micro-SUV was crash tested and has punched way above its weight as it were, to come off with this score for adult occupant protection.

➡️ The Tata Punch has also scored impressively for Child Occupant Protection with a solid 4 Stars.

➡️ The score here was also the best yet for an Indian-made car crash tested by Global NCAP, at 40.89 of a possible 49 points.

➡️ The frontal-offset test was conducted at 64 kmph as per Global NCAP protocol. The Punch was also tested separately for side impact protection.

➡️ Global NCAP has asked Tata Motors to consider offering ESC, side head impact protection, and 3-point seatbelts in all seating positions as standard with the Punch.


 

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besides the name, looks okayish, looks like a jacked up Tiago honestly.
but then again, aren't all these compact SUV's basically that? jacked up hatchbacks, to fool people into thinking it is a real SUV with L/R and 4X4 capabilities.

Fools and their money are very easily parted.
 

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Tata Punch achieves 5 star rating for adult protection - GlobalNCAP​

The Tata Punch has achieved a five star rating for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection in Global NCAP’s latest #SaferCarsForIndia crash tests.

The Tata Punch was tested in the most basic safety specification, fitted with two airbags, ABS brakes and ISOFIX anchorages.

The Punch can be improved by equipping the model with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side head impact protection systems as standard, and 3 point belts in all seating positions.

It is important to highlight once again Tata’s decision to install both child occupant’s as rearward facing, demonstrating that this position offers the best safety option as both child dummies received good protection.

The Punch was tested in compliance with the requirements of Global NCAP’s voluntary test procedure. (*)

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.”


YouTube crash test video:


Full GlobalNCAP crash test report:

 

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Tata Punch launched at Rs. 5.49 lakh - Team-BHP​

The top-spec Creative variant of the Tata Punch is priced at Rs. 8.49 lakh (MT) and Rs. 9.09 lakh (AMT).

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Prices for the new Tata Punch have just been announced. The crossover is available in four variants - Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative, with prices starting at Rs. 5.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Tata Punch colour options:​

The Tata Punch is available in seven colour options - Tornado Blue, Calypso Red, Meteor Bronze, Atomic Orange, Tropical Mist, Daytona Grey and Orcus White.

Customers can also choose from two customization packs - Rhythm and Dazzle.

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Tata Punch ex-showroom prices:​

  • Pure MT - Rs. 5.49 lakh
  • Adventure MT - Rs. 6.39 lakh
  • Adventure AMT - Rs. 6.99 lakh
  • Accomplished MT - Rs. 7.29 lakh
  • Accomplished AMT - Rs. 7.89 lakh
  • Creative MT - Rs. 8.49 lakh
  • Creative AMT - Rs. 9.09 lakh
 

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Tata Punch vs Renault Kiger Comparison Review - Which Small SUV To Buy? | MotorBeam​


In this video, we pitch two compact SUVs against each other. The Tata Punch is becoming a hot favourite with customers and is selling in pretty decent numbers while the Renault Kiger is a very sorted product too.

Both these vehicles offer a large number of USPs but both of them have some compromises too. Which one should you buy, let's find out.

 
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