Seven months ago, the all-new Isuzu D-Max was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the ASEAN NCAP.

It scored high marks in adult occupancy (AOP) and child occupancy tests (COP), along with having a wide array of intelligent safety systems that include blind-spot monitoring, and electronic stability control across all variants. Isuzu aims to make the all-new D-Max a safe pick-up truck across every market.

Now, Isuzu has just announced that the new pick-up truck has achieved another safety milestone after it was awarded a five-star safety rating by the Australasian NCAP (ANCAP). Under the revised protocols of 2020, the D-Max gets extra points for having a plethora of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) – resulting in the pick-up receiving the maximum safety rating.

All-new Isuzu D-Max awarded max crash test ratings by ANCAP image

The Australian-spec D-Max features intelligent safety features that include the following:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking

  • Forward Collision Warning

  • Lane Departure Warning

  • Lane Departure Prevention

  • Lane Keep Assist

  • Emergency Lane Keeping

  • Multi Collision Brake

  • Blind Spot Monitor

  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

  • Traffic Sign Recognition

  • Intelligent Speed Limiter

  • Automatic High Beam

  • Adaptive Cruise Control

  • AT Pedal Misapplication Mitigation

Aside from the features mentioned above, the 2020 D-Max comes standard with other active safety equipment. These include electronic stability control, traction control, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, driver attention assist, and eight airbags. With that much kit, it's perhaps no wonder why the Isuzu D-Max got that rating.

Could the next-generation D-Max also come with the same level of safety features in the Philippines? There's no word yet as to when it will be making its local debut, but with other pick-up trucks in the market sporting intelligent safety features on some of its models, perhaps Isuzu PH could make them available on the next-gen model.