GLOBAL STANDARDS – ALL-NEW FORD RANGER ENGINEERED FOR ADVANCED SAFETY PROTECTION
October, 15, 2010 – New from the ground up, the Ford Ranger was
engineered for safety in its underlying architecture. Ford safety
engineers created a strong foundation for the wide array of Ranger body
styles, powertrain combinations and drivelines around the world and
paved the way for an array of safety technologies geared to pickup truck
compact pickup truck safety was a critical objective for our team,”
explained John Tatge, chief programme engineer of the all-new Ranger.
“Making Ranger a real safety leader was hugely important, which is why
we engineered this new truck to meet the toughest global crash
said occupant safety has grown in importance for compact trucks with the
increase of dual use – owners who use their vehicles for both work and
family transport. In line with other developments reflecting broader
personal use, Ranger has been engineered to bring new levels of safety
for its occupants – up to five in extended cab models.
all contemporary Ford products, the next-generation Ranger is engineered
to provide comprehensive safety protection, starting with a highly
protective body structure utilising high-strength steel throughout to
protect occupants in the event of a collision. It combines passive
safety technologies to mitigate the effects of a collision and active
safety technologies to help the driver avoid accidents.
features for safety and pickup truck driving assurance include:
Driver and passenger front airbags
Newly available side curtain airbags for head
protection and thorax-protecting front-seat side airbags
Three-point safety belts for all seating
positions, with pretensioners and load limiter for the front seats
Ford BeltMinder, a reminder system
encouraging front-seat occupants to use their belts
Electronic Stability Program
Trailer Sway Control
Adaptive Load Control
the all-new Ranger as a truly global vehicle, we looked at global road
conditions and, importantly, the toughest global safety standards with
the objective of coming out on top,” Tatge said. “Among those taken
into consideration were the stringent Euro NCAP and Australian NCAP
standards. By addressing all of these standards up front, we knew we’d
be creating a great safety story not just in one region or another, but
around the world. That’s great for customers, no matter where they
occupants with a strong new frame and body structure
new Ford Ranger was engineered first and foremost to provide a robust
body structure to protect occupants and manage the forces of crash
approach was to engineer the vehicle’s all-new frame – which needs
to manage the brunt of crash energy – together with the new body
structure as a safety system. How these two structures work together to
protect occupants was a major part of the Ranger safety development
used sophisticated computer modelling to hone the crashworthiness of the
all-new Ranger. This included more than 9000 full-vehicle crash
simulations before the first prototype vehicle was subjected to a
physical crash test.
new frame architecture is designed for high degrees of longitudinal
stiffness, which is important in many crash situations. The new Ranger
uses the same design of the primary longitudinal frame rail for all body
variants – it’s larger, straighter and capable of withstanding
higher loads than the current-generation design.
team took full advantage of the resources of the Ford global product
development system to hone the Ranger’s safety properties.
an all-new architecture gave us a lot of opportunities,” Tatge said.
“The Ford safety philosophy is structure first – so we created a
robust foundation with the truck’s frame, chassis, body and fuel
systems and then tailored restraint systems and other technologies to
the vehicle structure.”
airbags among passive safety features
all-new Ford Ranger offers new passive safety technologies, including
the availability of side curtain airbags on all cab styles for the first
curtain airbags deploy from the headliner to provide a protective
cushion for the head of outboard occupants in the event of a side
impact. The curtain is designed to protect both rows of occupants by
covering the upper side structure and glass from the A-pillar to the
also makes new side airbags available for the front seats. These airbags
deploy from the side bolster of the seat to protect the thorax from
new airbags – side curtains and side airbags – are a Ranger first,
made possible globally by our investment in an all-new platform,”
also offers front airbags for the driver and front passenger, along with
advanced seatbelts that control the forces experienced by passengers in
severe crashes. Ford BeltMinder technology helps remind front-seat
occupants to wear their belts.
new Ranger has been engineered with pedestrian protection features.
Technologies that have emerged from a global Ford research project on
pedestrian-friendly vehicle designs have now been released on a pickup
truck for the first time in the world. This includes a “hexageneous”
under-bonnet structure to reduce the potential for pedestrian head
injuries, and a pedestrian-friendly front bumper design incorporating
new Ranger technologies – including Rear Park Assist and a new rear
view camera – not only aid pickup drivers in everyday use, but also
help them avoid potential contact with pedestrians.
new Ranger features Electronic Stability Program, a driving aid that
applies braking and power reduction to help control the vehicle when it
senses wheel slip. Constantly monitoring the vehicle’s behaviour
compared with the driver’s inputs, it can apply brake force to one or
more of the wheels to help maintain control under challenging
of the Electronic Stability Program system are used to deliver the new
Ranger Trailer Sway Control system, which monitors the behaviour of the
tow vehicle and trailer array to sense the advent of trailer sway and
apply braking countermeasures to reduce its effects.
Load Control provides additional stability assurance for drivers dealing
with heavy payloads. This includes Electronic Brake Force Distribution
to ensure that as the payload changes the brake force used at each wheel
Brake Assist is designed to recognise when the driver is in a panic
braking situation. The system increases the force used to slow the
vehicle to minimise stopping distances.
the Anti-Lock Brake System, these technologies work together to ensure
the shortest possible stopping distance under all circumstances.
and other globally developed safety features will be offered on the
all-new Ranger as dictated by customer usage and market demand around
TRS NOTE: Sorry folks. Don't look for this Ranger to sell in the U.S.
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