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The GWM Tank 500 has secured a five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Introduced to the Australian market in March 2024 and subsequently in New Zealand in May 2024, this safety rating extends across all hybrid variants.

The large hybrid SUV scored excellently across key assessment areas. In particular, the Tank 500 had a stellar performance in crash tests and excelled in protecting both adult and child occupants during side-impact collisions.

Despite receiving a full 8.00 point vehicle compatibility penalty for its impact on oncoming vehicles, its overall safety capabilities remained commendable.

The  Tank secured the highest score (93%) recorded under ANCAP’s current protocols for Child Occupant Protection. Integral to this success is the inclusion of a state-of-the-art direct child presence detection (CPD) system.

ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Carla Hoorweg, highlighted the significance of such technology in mitigating instances of children being left unattended in vehicles.

“Our protocols encourage the fitment of direct child presence detection systems in an effort to reduce instances where children are inadvertently left in a car,” stated Hoorweg.

“The CPD system fitted to the GWM Tank 500 is one of the more advanced systems assessed by ANCAP so far, and it’s great to see manufacturers implementing this potentially life-saving technology,” she added.

In addition, the SUV scored 85 percent in Adult Occupant Protection, 81 percent in Vulnerable Road User Protection, and 84 percent in Safety Assist.

The GWM Tank 500 has an array of safety features aimed at collision avoidance. Equipped with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support systems, the Tank 500 demonstrated superior braking and lane support capabilities in tests involving pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, and other vehicles.

Standard safety features also include dual frontal, side chest-protecting, and side head-protecting airbags, alongside an innovative centre airbag for enhanced side impact protection.

However, ANCAP’s assessment highlighted the absence of top tether anchorages for child restraints in the third row of seats. Because of this, the vehicle is deemed unsuitable for transporting young children in the third row.

For detailed insights into the Tank 500’s safety features and assessment results, the Technical Report is available for download here.

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