The latest Triton or L200 from Mitsubishi raises standards for pick-up trucks by receiving 5-star crash test rating from Australian ANCAP.
With less than 60% of all new pick-up trucks entering the market having the top 5-star safety rating, this class of vehicles still has a long way to go in matching the high expectations of consumers for safe motoring and still shows an unacceptable gap between the way the industry is serving private motorists and their business counterparts. With professional drivers being entitled to expect a safe working environment, it is satisfying to see that Mitsubishi is putting safety at the top of its agenda in producing vehicles for the commercial market.
The 2015 model of the company’s Triton crew cab pick-up, which is known as the L200 on markets outside of Australia, has achieved the top 5-star crash test rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) which serves the antipodean markets of Australia and New Zealand.
The five star rating applies to all variants, cab styles and 2WD or 4WD versions of the Mitsubishi Triton, which scored the highest possible score for the side impact and pole tests as well as an impressive 15.22 out of 16 for the challenging frontal offset crash. The vehicle is also equipped with dual frontal air bags as well as side impact and knee air bags. It also has Emergency Brake Assist as a standard feature on all models.
Comparing the Triton with other similar vehicles on the market, ANCAP’s Nicholas Clarke commented that only 57% of Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) have such a rating compared with 90% of new passenger cars and as such, gaining 5 stars on the Triton is a great achievement for Mitsubishi which translates to improved worksite safety as well as on the roads.
Other recent ANCAP test results
An overall five star rating has also been given to the electric BMW i3 city car and the 2.2 litre diesel version of the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The 3-cylinder version of the Renault Captur scraped into the five-star category with no side head protection for rear seat passengers and marginal chest and abdominal protection for the driver in the pole test.
With an overall score of 35.45 out of a possible 37, the all-electric 400bhp Tesla Model S, which made its debut on the Australian market in late 2014, also scored the maximum 5-star rating with emergency braking assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted as standard.
Two vehicles failed to meet the requirements for ANCAP’s top rating and were each awarded 4 stars. These were the Mini Cooper and the 3 cylinder petrol models of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
With advanced seat belt reminders fitted to all seats and Speed Assist Systems as well as AEB being supplied as standard, the BMW is well-equipped but failed to meet the standard required to reach 5 stars in the frontal offset crash test with driver lower leg protection being marginal.
The Mini Cooper failed to meet the minimum threshold level for a five star rating in the side impact test with marginal protection being recorded on the driver’s chest and abdomen areas.