Global NCAP launched its ‘Safer Cars for India’ campaign in 2014 with the objective of promoting safer cars in the country. As a part of this campaign, Global NCAP has so far completed 54 safety assessments, which it claims, have acted as an important catalyst in the safety improvement of Indian cars.
GNCAP crash tested the Mahindra XUV700 back in November 2021, and the SUV was rated five stars for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection with one of the highest combined occupant safety ratings of any car tested in the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign.
Mahindra voluntarily submitted the XUV700 for further testing, with the model meeting both pedestrian protection and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) requirements. This has helped Mahindra achieve its second Global NCAP ‘Safer Choice’ Award, this time for the XUV700. The first time Mahindra received this award was for the XUV300 back in February 2020.
As per Global NCAP, a car must meet some specific requirements to qualify for the coveted award, which include –
1. The model must achieve a 5-star score for Adult Occupant Protection in accordance with the latest version of the Global NCAP New Market Test protocol.
2. The model must achieve at least a 4-star result in Child Occupant Protection in accordance with latest version of the Global NCAP New Market Test protocol.
3. The model must offer Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and meet performance requirements according to United Nations Regulations UN13H, UN140 or GTR9. Where optional, ESC must be available on all the model variants, sold separately without any ‘bundling’ with other features, and as from 2 years onwards must be a standard fit to at least 20% of the sales volume in the country.
4. The model must meet Pedestrian Protection requirements according to United Nations Regulations UN127 or GTR9. which must be validated on market units at a Global NCAP designated testing laboratory.
5. Conformity with all these requirements must be validated at a Global NCAP designated laboratory and by the provision of type approval certificates where applicable.
David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said, “As our current test protocols come to an end I am pleased to see the continuing safety commitment from Indian automakers like Mahindra, achieving their second ‘Safer Choice’ Award. The evolution of our testing requirements under the new protocols which come into effect from next month are intended to take the progress we have seen over the last eight years to the next level.”
The safety features on offer with the Mahindra XUV700 include 7 airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Autonomous Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) like Front Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Drowsiness Detection, 360-degree surround-view system, Blind View Monitoring, electronic parking brake, tyre pressure monitoring system, and so on. Source