Additional standard features on small pickup to include roll stability
control, side air bags.
The 2010 Ford Ranger will arrive this summer with a slew of new safety
features, Ford Motor Co. is expected to announce today.
The Ranger will include roll stability control as part of the small pickup's
electronic stability control, known as Advance Trac. The system uses a
gyroscopic roll sensor to measure the body roll angle, and, if necessary, it
employs counter measures such as reducing the engine's power and applying
the brakes to one or two wheels to right the vehicle.
"The 2010 Ranger's Roll Stability Control and combination side air bag
technologies will help occupants stay out of harm's way," said Steve Kozak,
chief engineer of safety systems at Ford, in a news release.
Ford will also add head-and-chest side impact airbags to the new Ranger.
The new system could help prevent head injuries in side impacts.
All of the safety equipment will be standard on the Ranger.
When equipped with Ford's 2.3-liter I-4 engine, the Ranger is the most fuel
efficient pickup on the road. According to EPA estimates, it hits 21 miles
per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.