2018 Ford Mustang
2018 Ford Mustang. Photo: Supplied
Alex Rae | Jun, 07 2018 | 0 Comments

Ford has improved the Mustang’s ANCAP rating - but not by much.

New safety technology in the blue oval’s latest pony car has had a positive impact but it still falls short of five-star rating.

ANCAP has released its updated results and raised the Mustang’s previous two-star rating to three. Improving the score comes from the addition of autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist and lane departure warning.

The new safety technology systems raise the previous safety assist score from two to seven out of 12 possible points or from 16 to 61 per cent.

Pedestrian protection has also risen from 64 to 78 per cent but while ANCAP chief executive James Goodwin praised Ford for adding crucial driver assist technology he remained critical of the protection for rear-seat occupants including a lack of rear seat belt reminders.

“The revised Ford Mustang is identical to the Mustang we originally rated, meaning it still falls short of our expectations in the areas of Adult Occupant and Child Occupant Protection.”

Results from the full width frontal test at 50km/h recorded ‘chest, excessive shoulder belt load” and “upper legs, submarining” (where the occupant can be propelled under the lap seat belt).

“The inclusion of driver assistance aids such as AEB and lane keep assist is a definite step in the right direction, yet these upgrades have neglected to address the injury risk posed to rear seat occupants as well as whiplash protection,” Goodwin said.

ANCAP rammed Ford’s latest GT Fastback into the wall and the new three-star score applies to Mustang V8 and four-cylinder turbo EcoBoost coupes built from December 2017 onward while the convertible remains untested.

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