KUALA LUMPUR: Ford has something to cheer about as its Ranger has received the highest 5-star safety rating among all pickup trucks being tested by the Asean New Car Assessment Program (Asean NCAP).
It received the strongest evaluation score in the segment of 15.45/16 points.
The tested version, a Ranger XL Double Cab, also was equipped with dual front airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Roll Over Mitigation (ROM) and ISOFIX for child seat attachment.
In Malaysia, Ford said the Ranger’s safety package is unmatched, with up to six airbags – three times more than any other pickup in the country. Ford’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and ISOFIX child safety mounts also come standard, making Ranger the only pickup truck in Malaysia to offer these two important safety features across all variants. All Ranger variants in Malaysia also feature driver and front passenger seatbelt reminders.
The highest variant in the Ranger line-up, the Ranger Wildtrak also includes side and rear curtain airbags for enhanced protection.
The new Ford Ranger was introduced in Asean in 2015, and is built at Ford’s AutoAlliance Thailand joint-venture in Rayong, Thailand.
“Achieving 5-star Asean-NCAP is an important milestone in the new Ranger’s success story as we designed and developed this vehicle to challenge the conventional world of pickup trucks and provide customers with more class-leading safety features than ever," said Ford Asean president Mark Kaufman.