A Tata Glade test mule has been found post crash on Pune-Bangalore highway recently. Two prototypes upcoming hatchback were on routine endurance test, and were heading towards Mumbai from Pune on National Highway.
Drivers and occupants of both Tata Glade test mules were absolutely unharmed, except for the minor trauma on witnessing and participating in the accident.
Reportedly travelling at a safe cruising speed of less than 80 kmph, both cars, one behind the other, were on a region where a flyover was being constructed. There were some diversions created to bypass the construction work where there were no street lights. At one of the diversions, a pickup truck approached the first Tata Glade test mule out of surprise, and banged the hatchback from the side, trying to take an illegal U-Turn.
The first Glade sustained severe impact, result of which is a dislocated front wheel on its right. After the serious disaster of a test prototype, the truck managed to reverse and flee, with barely noticeable damages.
The severely injured vehicle called for highway assistance.
Such trial vehicles of upcoming models are usually undergoing endurance tests, during which the cars are driven for hundreds of kilometres everyday, and each and every wearable spares and components are analysed after different mileage intervals to identify their consistency in their states of tune, fitment and their lives overall. Such a damage could put the particular vehicle’s purpose in jeopardy.
The localised impact yanked the front right wheel off its place.
Tata Glade is what Tata Kite (codename) is believed to be named, while the Kite sedan is reported to be badged Tata Boom. They will be positioned below the recently launched Tata Bolt hatchback and Zest compact sedan models respectively, featuring brand new, compact petrol and diesel engines. A 1.2 litre petrol motor with expected max power rating of 75 bhp and a 1.05 litre diesel mill with probable peak power on charts of 64 bhp are the candidates in question. At least the Glade, if not both, would be priced below Rs. 4.0 lakhs (ex-showroom).
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