After being awarded 5-Star Security Scores from the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), and the US’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Tesla Mannequin three is heading in direction of one other set of crash checks, this time from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS), a nonprofit group funded by automobile insurers devoted to decreasing the variety of accidents and accidents on the highway.
The schedule for the Tesla Mannequin three’s impending crash checks have been introduced by the IIHS on Wednesday by its official Twitter account. The IIHS later shared a picture of the automobile that it’s going to use for its crash checks: a blue Mannequin three with black inside and 18″ wheels. The group added that subsequent week’s check will embrace a aspect crash check.
Curiously, the automobile that the IIHS will use for its upcoming crash checks doesn’t appear to be the identical Mannequin three that was used when the group performed preliminary security checks on the automobile final yr. It needs to be famous that in Might 2018, the IIHS has carried out preliminary safety tests on a crimson Lengthy Vary Mannequin three RWD, which was the one out there variant of the electrical sedan on the time.
The outcomes have been spectacular then, with the group giving the Mannequin three a “Superior” score for front crash prevention in its crash avoidance and mitigation class. This was primarily because of the Mannequin three’s suite of security options, together with its low-speed autobrake, and its high-speed autobrake programs. Nonetheless, the electrical sedan didn’t obtain a flawless ranking from the IIHS in its preliminary checks, because of the Mannequin three’s low beams exhibiting a 15.2% glare throughout straightaways.
This ranking was finally adjusted and raised in December 2018, when the IIHS introduced on Twiter that the Mannequin three’s headlights, which have been improved and up to date by Tesla, have been given a “Good” rating. The group famous in its December announcement that the Mannequin three headlights’ increased ranking was reflective of electrical sedans that have been produced after June 2018.
Tesla has rolled out improvements to the Model 3 because the IIHS’ newest replace on the automobile final December. Contemplating that the IIHS’ teaser on Twitter featured what gave the impression to be a separate automobile from the Mannequin three it examined final yr, the group may very nicely be evaluating a more recent construct of the electrical automobile. Hopefully, that is the case, as this may permit the IIHS to supply a security ranking on the Mannequin three that’s particularly correct of autos which are being produced as we speak.
This might finally bode nicely for Tesla and its midsize electrical sedan. As famous by Elon Musk, enhancements to the corporate’s autos are rolled out as soon as they are ready. Thus, the Mannequin three that the IIHS can be testing subsequent week will possible function enhancements over the Mannequin three that the group examined in Might 2018 and December 2018 (offered that the automobile was a more recent construct, in fact). The outcomes of the protection group’s checks subsequent week will possible maintain the reply.