2020 Mahindra Thar scores 4 STARS in Global NCAP crash test

The all-new, 2nd generation 2020 Mahindra Thar has just been crash tested by Global NCAP, an independent agency that crash tests popular cars from emerging markets such as India, South Africa and South America. Global NCAP has awarded the 2020 Thar a 4 star rating in the crash test. The Thar with twin airbags, ABS and ESP was tested in the Global NCAP crash test, and the vehicle’s body structure was noted as ‘stable’. However, the footwell of the 2020 Thar was noted to be unstable, and incapable of withstanding further load. The crash test was conducted at 64 Kmph.  Here’s a video that shows the 2020 Mahindra Thar being put through the Global NCAP crash test.

The 2020 Mahindra Thar’s electronic stability control (ESC) – a vital safety feature that is meant to ensure that the vehicle does not skid even during sudden direction changes – was also tested by Global NCAP.

Here is the video of the ESC test,

Global NCAP tested the 2020 Mahindra Thar that had electronic stability control (ESC) fitted to it, and it noted that although the new Thar met minimum regulatory requirements, the vehicle showed an unstable dynamic behaviour. Global NCAP has recommended that Mahindra review the Thar’s dynamic behavior, and improve on the same. The 2020 Mahindra Thar has also passed the side impact crash test. Watch the video below to see how the vehicle performed.

This is the first time that the Thar has been tested by a global safety testing agency, and assigned a safety rating. India’s safety agency run by the Government – Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program or BNVSAP – has already cleared the 2020 Thar as safe but hasn’t revealed a rating. Typically, BNVSAP ratings remain a secret, and are shared only with vehicle manufacturers.

The all-new, 2020 Mahindra Thar is a massive improvement over the previous generation model. Based on the new Scorpio platform, the 2020 Thar has crumple zones engineered into the body, along with cross members to make the vehicle stronger during accidents. The vehicle has a raft of safety features offered in the top end variant that includes driver and passenger airbags, ABS, ESC, hill hold, hill descent control, mechanical locking differential, electric locking differential, traction control, seat belt reminders, speed alerts and reverse parking sensors.

Meanwhile, here’s what Mr. Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP had to say about the crash worthiness of the 2020 Mahindra Thar,

Mahindra’s commitment to safer cars is once again displayed for consumers and shows that it is possible to offer good safety performance in the Indian market. It is encouraging to see manufacturers that also offer high levels of protection for children traveling in their vehicles. The Thar demonstrates the capacity of Mahindra to improve its fleet safety.

David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said,

Another good result for Mahindra which shows the manufacturer’s commitment to safety. It is very satisfying to see this growing vehicle safety trend in the Indian car market, which combines minimum regulatory requirements with the purchasing power of #SaferCarsforIndia informed consumers, helping to drive demand for ever safer vehicles.