The India-bound Hyundai iX25 compact SUV has managed to score a perfect five in the China-New Car Assessment Program’s Crash Test. The C-NCAP test assessed the iX25 through four crash tests – 100 % overlap frontal impact test, 40 % overlap frontal impact test, side impact test and whiplash test.
In the 100 % overlap frontal impact test, the iX25 managed to score 15.89 points out of a maximum of 18 points. This test involves the car being driven straight into a frontal obstacle at a speed of 50 Kph. The test is meant to assess the frontal crash safety of the car.
In the 40 % overlap frontal impact test, the SUV scored 18/18. This test involves the car being crashed into an obstacle at 64 Kmph such that a partial portion of the front end comes in headlong contact with the obstacle. The whiplash test, assessed at 15.65 Kph, also saw the iX25 score full points.
Said to be the most demanding of crash tests, the side impact test involves a moving hard object crashing into the side of a car at a speed of about 50 Kph. The iX25 managed to achieve a full score of 18 points in this test too, despite not being equipped with curtain airbags.
While the Hyundai iX25 has managed to acquit itself very well in the C-NCAP crash safety tests, it remains to be seen if the compact SUV is built to the same spec for the Indian car market. The iX25 will be launched in India during the second half of this year, and will be sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options.
The iX25 will be the first compact SUV from Hyundai for India. The vehicle will be produced at the South Korean automaker’s Sriperumbudur factory, off Chennai. A high amount of localization, in excess of 90 %, is said to be a factor that could lead to sharp pricing.
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