The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has received results from the latest round of testing from Euro NCAP- its European counterpart - and a right-hand-drive Ford Ranger was among the models tested.
The 2.2 litre diesel-powered variant on test achieved an overall score of 35.72 out of 37, with an ‘acceptable’ rating in the frontal offset crash test and ‘good’ for both side impact and side pole tests.
The Ranger originally achieved a 5-star ANCAP rating for 18 of the 20 variants upon its release in 2011, while the remaining two models were awarded a 4-star rating, due to a lack of standard side airbags.
Late last year, Ford announced that an upgrade to the Ranger line-up in 2014 would see the addition of standard side airbags in the entry-level 2WD XL Single Cab Chassis, meaning all Ford Rangers will soon be equipped with the safety feature.
As a result, ANCAP says all Ranger models built after May 2014 will now be awarded 5-stars, as each is fitted with dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC).
Side thorax airbags are standard on all models except Single Cab variants with three front seats (bench seat).
Seat belt reminders are fitted to both front seats for most models, however Single Cab variants with the bench seat only get a seat belt reminder for the driver.
ANCAP says the lack of side thorax airbags and a passenger seat belt reminder do not affect the 5-star safety rating for these variants, but their overall score reduces to 34.72 out of 37.