Respected US vehicle safety authority IIHS has awarded the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander its highest accolade.
Virginia-based non-profit vehicle research and crash-test ratings agency Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the 2014 Outlander its new "Top Safety Pick+" designation for its superior crash protection. The “plus” sign shows that Outlander meets the tougher crash safety standards now necessary to receive the highest IIHS award.
IIHS rates vehicles based on performance in frontal crashes, side impacts, rollovers and rear impacts. To get a "Top Safety Pick+" a vehicle must score highly in all tests.
One important newly introduced impact requirement "replicates the front corner of the vehicle striking another vehicle or an object such as a tree or a power pole", says IIHS. In the test, the car hits a 1.5m-tall barrier at 64 kmh. Outlander is one of only two vehicles in its class to achieve the maximum "good" rating in this test.
Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook says: “Outlander's exceptional safety performance can be attributed to numerous advanced high-tech design features, including greater use of high-tensile steel and Mitsubishi's Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety body construction system”.
Engineered into every Mitsubishi vehicle, the patented RISE technology features integrated energy-absorbing crumple zones and engineered reinforcements strategically placed to provide maximum protection in the event of an impact, absorbing and/or dispersing energy from the cabin.
Outlander has also been recognized for collision safety in Australia, being awarded five stars by ANCAP, and in Japan, taking the JNCAP Five Star award. In addition, Outlander’s Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM) advanced active safety technology was recognized in Europe by Euro NCAP.
Mitsubishi’s ASX crossover vehicle, known as Outlander Sport in the US, also received the IIHS "Top Safety Pick+" in 2013, for the second year running.