Baby SUV gets five stars from An­cap

South Waikato News - - Motoring - DAVID LINKLATER

Toy­ota New Zealand is yet to an­nounce lo­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tion of its C-HR baby-suv, which will be launched in April.

But we do now know it will come with an im­pres­sive suite of ac­tive-safety and driveras­sis­tance fea­tures, be­cause they’ve played a crit­i­cal role in en­sur­ing a five-star crash-test rat­ing from the Aus­tralasian New Car Assess­ment Pro­gramme (An­cap).

The An­cap rat­ing is based on tests con­ducted by Euro Ncap, which re­veal a solid per­for­mance across all ar­eas un­der re­view: adult, child and pedes­trian pro­tec­tion, along with a solid suite of safety as­sist and crash pre­ven­tion tech­nol­ogy.

C-HR fea­tures ac­tive safety systems such as lane sup­port, emer­gency brake as­sist and au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, along with adap­tive cruise con­trol.

Lack of this type of driveras­sis­tance tech­nol­ogy was part of the rea­son for the Ford Mus­tang’s con­tro­ver­sial twostar rat­ing ear­lier this year.

An­cap says the C-HR’S fives­tar rat­ing will be valid for all mod­els sold in NZ and Aus­tralia.

Dur­ing the crash tests, which in­clude frontal off­set, full width frontal and pole the C-HR demon­strated good cabin in­tegrity with well con­trolled dis­place­ments for the foot ped­als and steer­ing wheel.

There was a light risk of se­ri­ous chest in­jury for both the driver and rear pas­sen­ger in the full width frontal test. Max­i­mum pro­tec­tion was pro­vided in the side im­pact and pole tests.

The C-HR also comes equipped with a set of safety fea­tures that, un­til re­cently, were more com­mon on luxury brands in­clud­ing a lane sup­port sys­tem, emer­gency brake as­sist and au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing along with adap­tive cruise con­trol.

AA spokesman Liam Bald­win says while the Toy­ota C-HR is not the most spa­cious com­pact SUV in the seg­ment, it ticks a lot of boxes on the safety front.

"Too of­ten we’re dis­ap­pointed that ve­hi­cles re­leased in our mar­ket don’t boast the same level of safety fea­tures as those sold over­seas," Mr Bald­win says.

"While there are a cou­ple of fea­tures in­cluded on Euro­pean vari­ants of the C-HR that won’t make it to our mar­ket [in­clud­ing pedes­trian de­tec­tion for the au­ton­o­mous brak­ing tech­nol­ogy], Toy­ota has en­sured it’s not let­ting us down."

An­cap is sup­ported by all Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing clubs, the NZ Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion, the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment, the NZ Gov­ern­ment, Aus­tralian state and ter­ri­tory govern­ments, the Vic­to­rian Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion, NRMA In­sur­ance and the FIA Foun­da­tion.

Rad­i­cal-look­ing C-HR com­pact-suv will be launched in April. But it’s al­ready had the thumbs-up from An­cap.

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