Highest-in-class score for adult-occupant protection
The new Ford Everest, which was launched locally in May last year, has received a five-star safety rating, the highest possible, from the Asean-New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
Ford said in a press statement that the seven-seat sport-utility vehicle (SUV) got top marks in its segment for adult occupant protection with a score of 15.38 over 16 or just over 96 percent. The company also said the Everest got a four-star rating for child occupant protection at 81 percent.
“Safety is one of the highest priorities in the design of our vehicles, so we are delighted the new Ford Everest has received a maximum 5-star safety rating from Asean-NCAP,” said Ford Asean president Mark Kaufman. “The new Everest delivers on Ford’s commitment to meet and exceed high customer expectations for a smarter, safer and more capable medium SUV.”
Despite using a body-on-frame chassis, which is often less forgiving to occupants in crashes than unibody vehicles, the Everest also garnered points for offering a multitude of active and passive safety features both as standard and optional equipment. Aside from anti-lock brakes, a multitude of airbags and ISOFIX child-restraint mountings, the Everest is available with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Stability Control (RSC), which serve as the two core technologies for other driver aids like Hill Descent Control, Emergency Brake Assist, Trailer Sway Control and Curve Control, which takes advantage of ESC to help drivers stay in control when they misjudge a curve on the road.
In addition, the Everest comes with Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert that informs drivers when there is a vehicle in their blind spot while driving or when preparing to reverse out of parking spots, along with Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning System, Lane Keeping System, Auto High Beam Control and Driver Alert System.
In the Philippines, all Everests come with dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, ESC, RSC, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control. Moving up to the P1.539 million Trend variant adds front-side airbags and curtain airbags, while the Titanium 4×2 and 4×4 variants – worth P1.639 million and P1.899 million, respectively – adds a driver’s knee airbag. Finally, the top-specification Titanium 4×4 with the Premium Package, costing P1.999 million adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping System, Active Park Assist and Collision Mitigation to the standard Titanium models.