Mahindra Thar Scores A Decent Four Stars In Global NCAP Crash Test
The body was rated stable in a 64kmph crash and capable of taking further damage
The Thar received four out of five stars in adult and child occupant protection.
It provided good-to-marginal protection for driver and passenger.
Only the footwell area was considered unstable after the crash test.
The second-gen Mahindra Thar has been quite popular since its launch on October 2. The off-road icon, which in its latest incarnation has also seen a focus on practicality, has been crash tested by Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) as part of its #SaferCarsForIndia campaign. The Thar has secured a pretty good four-star rating out of five.
The test was performed under the standard norms of Global NCAP where the Thar was made to crash at 64kmph. The SUV’s bodyshell was marked stable and capable of taking further beating. It scored four out of five stars in both, adult occupant protection (12.52 out of 17.00) and child occupant protection (41.11 out of 49.00). Besides, the Thar has also passed the ESC and side impact tests conducted in accordance with UN standards.
With three-point seatbelts in all seating positions and dual airbags, the Thar provided good support to the driver’s and passenger’s heads and necks. All the other body areas were provided with good-to-marginal protection. Only the driver footwell area was marked unstable.
In the case of child occupant protection, the Thar scored 41.11 out of 49.00, resulting in four stars. This can be credited to the ISOFIX anchorages seatbelt for all seating positions being available in the SUV as standard with variants (AX option and LX) offering front-facing seats. The child protection was sufficient enough to prevent excessive movement of the head of the 18-month crash test dummy. Interestingly, this is also the highest child occupant protection score any made-in-India car has received in the Global NCAP’s latest crash tests.
The Thar’s crash test score comes after Mahindra’s promise of prioritising safety in its cars. The second-gen Thar comes with a bunch of safety features including dual-front airbags, hill hold and hill descent control, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, and rear parking sensors. The second-gen Thar retails between Rs 9.80 lakh and Rs 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom). It currently has a waiting period of up to seven months.
Commenting on the crash test score of the Thar, Chief of Global Product Development, Automotive Division, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Velusamy R., said, “This is a proud moment for Mahindra as the 4-star rating for the all-new Thar reiterates our unstinted commitment towards safety. It has achieved a robust GNCAP 4-star rating, which is a first in its segment with highest points in child safety amongst all cars tested by Global NCAP so far.”
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