The all-new PX model Ford Ranger has raised the bar in global truck safety by recently becoming the first full-chassis pickup to achieve a maximum 5 Star safety rating under the Euro NCAP crash testing protocol.

Ford’s new Australian designed and engineered global pickup truck scored 89 per cent for overall safety – the best score ever earned by a pickup truck and one of the highest scores recorded by Euro NCAP for any type of vehicle.

Equally impressive is the new Ranger’s pedestrian protection rating of 81 per cent – not only the highest score for a pickup but also, amazingly, the highest safety rating for any vehicle tested for pedestrian safety by Euro NCAP.

 

Established in 1997, Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) is regarded as the largest and most respected independent vehicle crash testing authority in Europe, recognised by various governments, motoring, consumer and insurance organisations. The Ranger’s 5 star rating is of course also recognised by Euro NCAP’s Australian affiliate, ANCAP.

 According to Ford, to achieve such a history-making result for its new truck, which is to be sold in 180 countries and manufactured on three continents, engineers used sophisticated computer modelling to assess more than 9000 virtual crash tests before conducting more than 100 actual vehicle crash tests and more than 400 system sled tests.

 

In addition to its potentially life-saving high strength steel chassis and body architecture, the new PX Ranger features up to seven airbags (depending on model) comprising twin front, twin front-side (seat mounted), twin side curtain and driver’s knee as standard equipment.

These passive safety features are enhanced by the new Ranger’s menu of active safety features, including ABS, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Trailer Sway Control, Adaptive Load Control, Hill Descent Control and Hill Launch Assist.

 

This NCAP result is not only an outstanding result for Ford, but also another substantial gain in passenger and pedestrian safety for a category of vehicle that includes some makes and models that fall way short of Ranger’s new benchmark in these crucial areas.

Given the rapidly growing popularity of these trucks for recreational use, particularly by families,  increases in passive and active safety across the board to match the new Ranger ‘s 5-star rating should be top priority. TJ

* Look forward to a full test and review of the all-new PX Ford Ranger soon at Truck Jungle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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