Isuzu D-Max is first pick-up to get 5 stars in Euro NCAP test

By CARSIFU | 20 January 2021

BRUSSELS: The new Isuzu D-Max has earned a maximum five-star safety rating in the tough new Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) test.

The latest D-Max touts smart new styling and impressive safety technology with improved off-road performance. The modern D-Max combines strength, durability and high levels of comfort and refinement.

It is fitted with a wide range of safety features, including a comprehensive ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist Systems) package, which raises the bar for safety in the pickup truck segment.

It comes with forward-facing stereo cameras and, as a result, every model comes with Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Limiter and Lane Departure Warning & Prevention System.

In the only UK, it's the only pick-up to feature a rear radar as standard on all double cabs, these models include Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Emergency Lane Keeping – which is a sector debut for this safety technology – as standard.

There is also a new E-Call system which dials the emergency services in the event of an accident. This is a mandatory requirement for the Euro NCAP 5-star rating as it automatically activates when the airbags are deployed. In the event of a less serious collision or to report an emergency incident, the driver can simply press the E-Call button on the overhead console.

The conditions for a 5-star rating on the latest Euro NCAP test are significantly higher than in previous years, with heavier and faster trolleys used in the collisions and the mandatory requirement of additional safety features.

By introducing the wide range of ADAS features, new airbags, larger brakes and by making alterations to the chassis, the D-Max is the first pickup truck to achieve all five stars.

The efficient diesel engine powering the truck produces up to 164PS and 360Nm of torque, and complies with the latest Euro 6D emission standard. It has a 3.5 tonne towing capacity and a maximum payload of over one tonne.

It's available as a 4x2 or 4x4, manual or automatic transmissions, and a choice of three different cab types (single, extended and double cab) and four brand new trim levels.