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Tata Tiago & Tigor new gen models likely to get 6 airbags as standard

In an era where safety standards in automobiles are becoming increasingly important, Tata Motors is solidifying its commitment to ensuring safer mobility for its customers. Mohan Savarkar, the Chief Product Officer of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles, emphasised the company’s longstanding dedication to safety, dating back to 1997 when they established an in-house crash test lab in Pune, even before the launch of the Indica.

Looking ahead, Tata Motors sets its sights on achieving a 5-star safety rating from the Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (BNCAP) for its next-generation Tiago and Tigor models. Savarkar views BNCAP as an aspirational benchmark for safety, emphasising the importance of offering six airbags as a prerequisite for this rating.

While Tata’s recent SUV releases boast six airbags as standard, entry-level models like the Tiago and Tigor are due for a model overhaul, prompting consideration for enhanced safety features, including a standard provision of six airbags.

The regulatory landscape in India is evolving, with initial discussions of mandating six airbags in all new cars transitioning into a voluntary approach under the BNCAP regime. This shift underscores Tata Motors’ proactive stance in aligning with evolving safety standards and customer demands.

Beyond passive safety measures, Tata Motors is increasingly focusing on active safety systems to prevent accidents altogether. Savarkar emphasises the importance of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as a foundational step towards Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA).

The backdrop of India’s road safety landscape reveals a multifaceted narrative. While factors like improved road infrastructure and rising average city speeds underscore the importance of safer vehicles, heightened public awareness about road safety practices also plays a significant role. Savarkar acknowledges the evolving consumer mindset, where safety considerations are increasingly factored into purchasing decisions, particularly with the growing prominence of SUVs in the market.

The new generation Tiago and Tigor are likely to get substantial changes with a new platform. Both the models will get the latest design language featuring stylish design elements. We can expect a long list of new features along with the additional safety features on offer.