The latest-generation Isuzu D-Max pickup truck has just been tested for its crash protection by Euro NCAP. And… it is good news! Unlike some Chinese pickup trucks of late, the Isuzu D-Max did quite well. So well, in fact, that Euro NCAP awarded it a full 5-star safety rating. Furthermore, it scored 32.2 points or 84 percent for adult-occupant protection or 42.2 points and 86 percent for child-occupant protection. The new D-Max scored 37.6 points or 69 percent for pedestrian protection, while its safety assist score stood at 13.4 points or 83 percent. All the above tests were conducted using the Crew Cab version of the new D-Max with a 1.9-liter diesel engine.
Euro NCAP noted that the new Isuzu D-Max performed well during the impact into a deformable barrier at 64 kmph. Moreover, the passenger compartment of the pickup truck was intact and stable after the offset frontal collision. While the protection offered to the knees of the driver was not up to scratch, the front-center airbags performed well. They prevented the front occupants from smashing their head into each other, thus preventing any major injury. Having said that, the D-Max lost some points when it came to its interaction with smaller vehicles.
Being a typical large pickup truck, a collision with a smaller car doesn’t go too well for the latter. However, this isn’t a surprise as much of the mass of a pickup truck hangs ahead of the passenger compartment. On the other hand, Euro NCAP awarded the new Isuzu D-Max top marks for its impressive side pole impact performance. This was not only helped by the new model’s sturdy bodyshell, but also by the aforementioned front-center and side airbags. On top of all that, the new D-Max has already been crash-tested by both Australian NCAP (ANCAP) and ASEAN NCAP. For Isuzu and the new D-Max, the 5-star Euro NCAP rating is a well-earned feather on the cap. Isuzu will be bringing the new D-Max to India soon, though it will be branded as the D-Max V-Cross here.