The new Isuzu D-Max which entered its 3rd generation in October last year has received 5 stars in latest round of ANCAP crash tests, which is supposed to be the toughest tests incorporating new stringent 2020 standards. The 3rd gen D-Max has already received 5 stars from ASEAN NCAP crash tests earlier this year.
According to ANCAP Director of Communications and Advocacy, Rhianne Robson:
“Our 2020 requirements again set the bar higher to promote further vehicle safety improvements and address some of the ongoing challenges on our roads. The new Isuzu D-Max has emerged as a safety benchmark for the competitive ute segment.”
Underpinning the new safety systems is Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System (IDAS), which uses a twin-camera system mounted high on the windscreen and is critical for forward collision warning, AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection and turn assist, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning and automatic steering assist. The system is fitted to every variant including entry-level models. It also does traffic sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and emergency lane keeping, among further features. Furthermore, the 3rd gen Isuzu D-Max is also the first ute in the world to fit a front-row center airbag as standard for added occupant protection and bringing the total number of airbags to 8.
In the tests, the new Isuzu D-Max scored an adult occupant protection (AOP) score of 83%, a child occupant protection (COP) score of 89%, and vulnerable road user protection score of 69% while attained a safety assist score of 81%.
Following testing against the new stringent 2020 ANCAP test and rating criteria, the 3rd gen Isuzu D-Max is the first vehicle to be tested in Australia and received the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating. Rhianne Robson further added:
“With the new challenges set by ANCAP from 2020, it is extremely pleasing to see manufacturers achieve good results against these increasing standards, and take responsibility by prioritizing safety to provide their customers with the safest vehicles they can.”