BANGKOK: The Ford Everest SUV has earned a maximum 5-star safety rating from the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
It achieved the highest score for Adult Occupant Protection in its segment at 15.38/16 points. Its 4-star rating for Child Occupant Protection was also the highest in its segment, at 81 percent compliance.
Led by Ford’s Asia Pacific design and product development teams, the new Everest was designed from the ground up to offer an unmatched level of occupant protection in both active and passive safety features.These technologies also improve the driving experience on- and off-road as well as helping to protect other road users.
The new Everest comes with a body-on-frame design that assures the torsional strength required for challenging terrains, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Stability Control (RSC) are two core technologies that help give Everest drivers confidence and peace of mind on and off the road. ESC also enables Hill Descent Control, one of the Everest’s headline off-roading features, as well as Emergency Brake Assist, Trailer Sway Control and segment-first Curve Control which takes advantage of ESC to help the driver stay in control when misjudging a curve in the road.The new Everest also offers an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD).
The tested model is equipped with seven airbags and ISOFIX for child seat attachment. The Everest Trend sold in Australia was the variant used for the Asean NCAP evaluation. This is comparable to the Trend sold in the Philippines and Vietnam, and the Titanium sold in Thailand. Specific feature availability varies by market. The Everest competes against the Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu MU-X, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Chevrolet Trailblazer
“The new Everest delivers on Ford’s commitment to meet and exceed high customer expectations for a smarter, safer and more capable medium SUV,” said Ford Asean president Mark Kaufman.
The new Everest is built at Ford’s AutoAlliance Thailand joint-venture in Rayong, Thailand, and will be launched in Malaysia in the coming months.