The forthcoming Isuzu D-Max has scored a full five-star safety rating in ANCAP’s updated, and tougher, crash test programme.
An all-new model, the 2021 Isuzu D-Max scored well across all key areas of assessment, with the standard inclusion of a front-row centre airbag for added occupant protection being a first for the segment.
The protection offered to adult occupants in the side-impact and pole tests was good, with full points achieved, including for occupant-to-occupant head protection through the inclusion of the new centre airbag. Full points were also achieved for the protection of child occupants in the frontal-offset and side-impact scenarios.
This year’s tests are made more difficult by the inclusion of a frontal offset mobile progressive deformable barrier test – that’s a moving barrier that represents an oncoming vehicle. For the Isuzu D-Max crash test, the chest and left femur of the driver were assessed as marginal, with all other critical body regions rated as either good or adequate.
The upgraded frontal offset test also evaluates a vehicle’s ability to mitigate the risk of serious injury to occupants in the oncoming vehicle, known as ‘vehicle compatibility.’ In this test, the front structure of the large, heavy Isuzu presented a higher risk to the occupants of an oncoming vehicle and a penalty was applied.
“Our 2020 requirements again set the bar higher to promote further vehicle safety improvements and address some of the ongoing challenges on our roads,” said ANCAP director of communications, Rhianne Robson. “The D-Max rating has been highly anticipated by fleet and private buyers, and re-establishes the safety benchmark for the competitive ute segment where the introduction of safety features has tended to lag that of passenger cars and SUVs.”
All 20 variants in the Australian D-Max range – single, extended and double cab – provide the same safety features and technologies as standard, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, multi-collision braking and active lane-keeping support.
ANCAP has been testing the effectiveness of basic AEB systems – those that prevent rear-end crashes with other vehicles or impacts with cyclists and pedestrians – since 2018. The expanded range of AEB test scenarios from 2020 encourages the early fitment of more sophisticated systems which can intervene in more complex scenarios such as turning across the path of another vehicle, and avoiding pedestrian strikes when turning into an adjacent street.
“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 prioritising safety to provide their customers with the safest vehicles they can.”
The Isuzu D-Max is expected to arrive in the UK in early 2021 and will come similarly equipped with the safety technologies described above.