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Next-gen Ford Ranger has advanced safety features and driver assistance

The next-generation Ford Ranger will offer some of the most cutting-edge collision prevention features and driver assistance technology, boosting your confidence on the road whether you're at work, with family, or having fun. The next-generation Ford Ranger is built around a combination of passive and active safety features, including air bags and the vehicle's chassis, as well as driver aid systems.

Ford engineers spent countless hours developing and testing the safety features for the upcoming Ranger using computer modeling and the most extensive physical testing program ever run by Ford outside of Europe and the US.

In order to test numerous accident scenarios, such as full-frontal, frontal offset, pole test, rear offset crash tests, pedestrian collisions, roof crush tests, and others, a sizable number of computer-aided engineering (CAE) models were constructed. In order to confirm that the vehicle safety performance was fulfilled and to validate the CAE modeling, the team also carried out hundreds of physical tests.

"Ranger enjoys a solid safety heritage thanks to its Built Ford Tough lineage, and our testing efforts have gone above and beyond requirements to ensure Ranger's safety is robust and fitting for our customers around the globe," said Franco Moras, Vehicle Safety Manager, Ford Australia. "Customers want to be able to move their cargo with confidence and travel safely with their friends and family. Thanks to the numerous new driver assistance technologies and safety features the new model offers, the next-generation Ranger not only gives them the ability to tackle whatever they want at work or with family and friends, but also helps them do that with the safety and peace of mind they want.

Delivering Safety and Confidence with Key Ranger Features

Far-side Airbag (NEW)

In the event of a collision, the new far-side airbag serves to lessen the likelihood of an impact between the driver and front passenger by separating them. Depending on the type and the market, this brings the total number of airbags up to nine, including the front driver and passenger, dual knee airbags, dual seat side thorax airbags, and dual side curtain airbags.

Post-Collision Braking (NEW)

In order to lessen the possibility of subsequent crashes, Ford's post-collision braking system engages the brakes after a collision. After a first accident, the system automatically applies mild braking pressure.

Pre-Collision Assist (ENHANCED)

Pre-collision Assist scans the road ahead to find potential collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists that are right in front of your car. It does this using both the new, wide-view windscreen-mounted camera and the radar that is situated close to the front bumper. The technology delivers an auditory and visual warning if a collision is about to happen. The Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system will operate automatically if the driver's response is insufficient. The system consists of:

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) (Enhanced)

The AEB system on the next-generation Ford Ranger pickup has been improved with cyclist and pedestrian detection capability, as well as the ability to provide AEB support at an intersection in specific circumstances, owing to the addition of a new, wider camera. This improvement is part of the smart technology safety suite on the pickup. This means that the car will automatically apply the brakes to help lessen the severity of some frontal collisions if the driver does not take appropriate action.

Warning for an Imminent Collision

The new Ford Ranger's forward collision warning system will sound an audible warning tone and mute the audio system to notify the driver of a potential frontal collision.

Support for Dynamic Brakes

The dynamic brake support (DBS) system helps the driver when they require extra braking support by "pre-charging" the brakes. The emergency brake-assist threshold will be lowered once the radar-only-based system pre-charges the brakes for a speedier response. Even if the brake pedal is only slightly depressed, full-force braking is applied if the brake pedal is pressed, even though DBS does not immediately activate the brakes.

Evasive Steer Assist (NEW)

Evasive Steer Assist, a segment-first innovation, helps the driver steer clear of potential crashes with a slower or stopped vehicle up ahead by giving the steering a boost. In the event that braking alone is insufficient to avoid a collision, this enables the driver to steer with less effort. The system uses the same camera and radar as the pre-collision assist feature and is made to work at both highway and city speeds.

Reverse Brake Assist (NEW)

Drivers can avoid or lessen potential collisions while reversing with the aid of reverse brake assistance. The technology may pick up on moving or still objects and pedestrians behind the Ranger. If the driver doesn't act quickly enough, the system can use the brakes to briefly halt the car.

BLIS® with Trailer Coverage (NEW)

Customers of the Ford Ranger enjoy towing, so the team improved the BLIS to include trailer coverage, which is novel for both the Ranger and the segment. Because one size does not always suit all, the system can be programmed to offer customized coverage based on the length of the trailer the customer is pulling (covering a trailer up to 2.4 meters wide and 10 meters long). When making a lane change or merging onto a motorway, the system is like having an extra "set of eyes." BLIS will inform the driver via a small light in the side mirror if a faster-moving vehicle enters the Ranger's blind spot zone, so they know not to change lanes.

Road Edge Detection and Lane-Keeping System (NEW)

Road edge detection employs a front camera to monitor the road edges 50 meters in front of the car, day or night. It is intended for use on rural roads at speeds starting at 65 km/h. To keep the vehicle from veering off the road when a paved road transitions into a soft verge, gravel hard shoulder, or grass, the system offers modest steering support as needed. Following the initial steering support, if the driver is still too close to the edge, the system vibrates the steering wheel to remind them to steer back towards the center of their lane.

Cross Traffic Alert (NEW)

With the Cross Traffic Alert system, challenging reversing circumstances are a little less stressful in the new Ford Ranger. When a motorist goes into reverse, the system is activated and warns them of a car approaching from the sides, such as when backing out of a busy supermarket parking space or out of a driveway.

(NEW) Stop-and-Go Adaptive Cruise Control

The next-generation Ford Ranger now has adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, which enables drivers to set a cruising speed and then keep a predetermined pacing distance from the car in front of them. When that car slows down, so does the Ranger, even coming to a complete halt in traffic. When the pace of the traffic picks up, the Ranger resumes its predetermined speed and distance. Where possible, this clever function can also determine the cruising speed based on the detection of traffic signs.

In addition, the system has Lane Centering Assist, which uses an onboard camera to recognize lane markers and continuously assists with steering to keep your car centered in the lane.

The technology also has the following additional features:

• Distance indication

• Distance alert

• Traffic Sign recognition

• Lane-keeping system


1 Not all markets offer these features. At launch, specific features will be announced.

2 Prior to Impact Assist with an Automatic Emergency Braking can prevent or lessen a crash by detecting pedestrians, though not always. Safe driving is not replaced by it. Limitations are listed in the owner's manual.

The steering is not controlled by evasive steering assistance.

When in reverse and moving at a speed of 2–12 km/h (1–7 mph), Reverse Brake Assist works. Regarding restrictions and precautions, please consult the owner's manual.

The typical trailer dimensions supported by the 5 Trailer Coverage system are up to 2.4 meters wide (measured at the trailer front) and up to 10 meters long from the back of your car. To support this system, drivers will need to add a profile for their trailers to SYNC.

6 is designed for use at speeds between 65 and 110 km/h on country roads. The feature needs a certain amount of contrast between the road surface and the edge in order to detect some edges, but not all edges.

20 km/h is the minimum operational speed for 7 ACC with lane centering. When a lower speed limit is detected, the system will go into standby. In cases of traffic congestion, the stop-and-go capability of this device runs at speeds as low as 0 km/hr.

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