Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza achieving 4-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests exemplifies the growing consciousness for safety standards in India
The best-selling SUV in the country, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, has been put through its paces by Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) and the India-specific model has certainly impressed in the latest round of crash tests. The results were revealed at the ongoing Global NCAP World Congress held in New Delhi and to create awareness and emphasise safety, a new campaign called Stop the Crash has also been launched.
The in-house developed Vitara Brezza has received four stars, just as its main rival Tata Nexon that was crash tested last month. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has been remarked as good and robust in adult occupant protection with a four-star rating.
In the all important child occupant protection category, the subcompact SUV could only manage two stars. While the three-year-old dummy had good protection, the 18-month old dummy ended up in forward facing position. Moreover, the markings of the ISOFIX anchorages were also found to be incorrect by Global NCAP.
The highly appreciable safety rating achieved by Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza acts as a testament to the country’s latest crash test standards and it would not take long before a made-in-India vehicle for India records full marks.
The test car was equipped with dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and ISOFIX child mounts as standard. Even upon its market entry in February 2018, Maruti Suzuki boasted about its ability to meet advanced safety regulations. The Suzuki XA-Alpha concept based SUV was also said to be the first vehicle in the country to meet offset and side impact crash tests due to the stronger Suzuki TECT hi-tensile steel body structure.
It had already been revealed that the Vitara Brezza is one among the nine Maruti Suzuki vehicles to comply with the pedestrian, side impact, full-frontal and offset frontal impact tests in advance in India. The future Indian cars will have high standards courtesy of the mandatory regulations coming into effect to feature new technologies but it’s always in the hands of the driver to manoeuvre home safe back and forth.