2021 Isuzu D-Max gains five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP

Updated Dec 11, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Scoring a five-star rating from the Euro NCAP is no easy feat.

For new car models, passing or let alone getting a five-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) is difficult. This is because the said organization is always seeking ways to modernize their tests and making them look and act closer to real-world scenarios.

Lately, Euro NCAP added the “Mobile Progressive Deformable Barrier.” This new device is capable of evaluating the protection of occupants, as well as determining just how the crumbling front-end of cars causes injuries. Also, it is meant to represent another car, specifically a midsize sedan.

A picture of the 2021 D-Max during the Euro NCAP frontal impact test

The 2021 D-Max undergoing frontal impact testing using the Mobile Progressive Deformable Barrier

On top of that, the organization is also employing a new test dummy called “Thor.” Currently, the said dummy is capable of assessing far-side impact protection and how the driver might injure the front passenger during an accident.

Of note, cars without any driving assist technologies will be hard-pressed to get a high rating. Euro NCAP is even looking into assessing driver fatigue and distraction.

That said, the new 2021 Isuzu D-Max has just obtained a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP’s battery of tests.

To be more specific, the new pickup truck model scored 86 percent for child occupant protection, 84 percent for adult occupants, 83 percent in safety assists technologies, and 69 percent for vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians, etc.

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Euro NCAP Crash & Safety Tests of the 2021 Isuzu D-Max

Note that the ASEAN NCAP has already crash tested the D-Max earlier this year. On that specific series of tests, the 2021 D-Max acquired an overall five-star rating as well. Despite that, the Euro NCAP still carried on crash testing the Isuzu D-Max to find out if it holds up to European safety standards.

If you’re wondering what safety features the third-generation D-Max comes with, it is equipped with seven airbags, a multi-collision braking system, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, post-collision braking, driver attention assist, among others.

Although it did well in occupant safety rating, do note the truck only rated at 69 percent for the road user safety test due to lacking an active hood, and reverse autonomous emergency braking. This however, doesn’t diminish the fact that the 2021 D-Max is one impressive truck.

>>> Related: ASEAN-NCAP appoints tried-and-true lab to conduct safety tests

A picture of the Isuzu D-max on a mountain road.

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Isuzu D-Max

Isuzu Philippines offers the Isuzu D-Max as its entry in the midsize pickup truck segment. This tough workhorse from the Japanese carmaker is designed to take on any road. Isuzu D-Max got the reliability of its predecessors and the Fuego. However, the current pickup truck is equipped with more modern features that perfectly fit the Filipino lifestyle. Additionally, Isuzu D-max also has a remarkable rear bed size that can carry a multitude of heavy and large items. The Isuzu pickup truck can also be optioned with a set of accessories such as camper shells, bed covers, and many more. Isuzu D-Max also comes in a commercial vehicle layout. It can also be configured as the cab and chassis variant. This configuration can be had with an enclosed van type rear end, passenger layout, bed, or other job-specific configuration. Isuzu Philippines offers the third-generation D-Max with a couple of engine and transmission options. The first option is a 1.9L turbo diesel that produces 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. For car buyers who are looking for more power, they can opt for the bigger mill, which is the 3.0L engine that pumps out 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. These two engines are equipped with the brand’s BluePower technology for Euro 4 compliance and better fuel efficiency. Both engines can be paired with either six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

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