Nissan Magnite already gets tested by ASEAN NCAP

Updated Jan 05, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The carmaker’s smallest crossover scores four stars in crash safety.

The Nissan Magnite has proven to be so popular in India that customers are looking at a six-month waiting list. Southeast Asia will now get a piece of the action as the Magnite arrives in the ASEAN region, starting with Indonesia.

Launch of the all-new Nissan Magnite 

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In preparation for its rollout in more markets, the vehicle has already been put through its paces at the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) in terms of crash safety.

The result? A four-star rating based on the overall scores garnered. Further details have yet to be released. The Magnite is the second Nissan vehicle assessed for the year 2020, following the Nissan Kicks which managed a perfect five stars.  

Nissan Magnite

The Nissan Magnite has sailed through ASEAN NCAP crash safety assessments

Since the Magnite is currently manufactured only in India, the specific unit tested by ASEAN NCAP is a base model carrying Indian specifications. The top-spec trim of the Magnite packs safety features such as dual airbags, ISOFix anchors, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution. Rear parking sensors, a 360-degree surround camera, and a tire pressure monitor are also standard.

News of the Magnite’s satisfactory crash performance should bode well for Nissan’s bid to establish its dominance in the Indian market, which has placed an increasing premium on safety.

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Magnite dual airbags

Dual airbags are part of the Magnite's standard safety equipment

Nissan’s smallest crossover rides on the modular CMF-A+ platform by Renault-Nissan, an extended version of the CMF-A platform used by the Renault Kwid and Datsun RediGo, both of which fared poorly in crash safety assessments. The Magnite is the first Indian-made vehicle based on the new platform to undergo ASEAN NCAP crash tests.

Despite the new chassis also being used on the three-row Renault Triber MPV, the Magnite only has room for five occupants. The upcoming Renault Kiger subcompact crossover will also be underpinned by the platform and, like the Magnite and the Triber, will be assembled in India.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

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