Thursday, December 10, 2020

The All-New Isuzu D-Max Scores Perfect at World's Toughest Safety Test


After acing its ASEAN NCAP and Australasian NCAP (ANCAP) test, the Isuzu D-Max can boast of yet another perfect safety rating, this time awarded by the Euro NCAP. Scoring a perfect 5-star rating at one of the most stringent safety tests in the world underscores the breadth of engineering that went into designing the all-new D-Max.

The 2021 D-Max scored 84 percent in Adult Occupant Protection, 86 percent in Child Occupant Protection, 69 percent in Vulnerable Road Users protection, and 83 percent in Safety Assist Technologies.

The all-new D-Max is the first Isuzu model to integrate ultra high-strength steel in its construction, and this likely had an effect in raising its safety rating. The Euro NCAP noted the D-Max’s superior level of protection afforded by its passenger compartment which remained stable even at the most severe side pole test. They did say, however, that the barrier used to crash into the D-Max showed localized areas of high deformation which would suggest that the opposing vehicle will be crushed first (it actually carries a penalty at Euro NCAP tests).

It’s worth noting that the European version of the D-Max not only carries a multitude of airbags (up to 7 in all), but also comes with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and even a multi-collision braking system which applies the brakes immediately after an impact to prevent it from being involved in secondary impacts.

The all-new Isuzu D-Max is slated to arrive in the Philippines in 2021. 

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