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Ford’s all new Escape variant – due for release in mid-November – has achieved a five-star ANCAP safety rating, with local models of the vehicle scoring well across each of ANCAP Safety’s four key areas of assessment.

Of particular note was the Escape’s Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection system, which achieved close to full marks.

While it must be noted that the testing was modelled from a 2019 assessment by Euro NCAP on the related Kuga model – before the implementation of ANCAP’s revised 2020 testing criteria – upon conversion to the Australian market the Escape still recorded five-stars under the new criteria.

“Australian SUV buyers expect a high level of safety technology in their vehicles, along with an easy to understand safety system to assist with their new vehicle choices, which is why we’re very pleased to announce that the all-new Escape has achieved a five-star rating from ANCAP,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand.

The full line up of Driver Assist Technology and safety tech as standard across the Escape line-up includes:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Blind Spot Detection (BLIS)
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Driver Impairment Monitor
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Cruise Control with adjustable speed limiter

“Prioritising not only the protection of its occupants, the active collision avoidance safety systems fitted to all variants of the Ford Escape saw it achieve a high score of 82% for the protection of vulnerable road users,” ANCAP Director – Communications and Advocacy Rhianne Robson said.

“The Escape also scored well in ANCAP’s three other key areas of assessment against 2019 criteria with scores of 92% for Adult Occupant Protection, 89% for Child Occupant Protection and 77% for Safety Assist.”

Introductory pricing for the all-new Ford Escape starts at $36,490 for the standard Escape FWD, while the ST-Line models range from $38,990 for the FWD and $41,990 for the AWD.

The all-new Ford Escape will be in Ford Australia showrooms from mid-November 2020.The full ANCAP Technical Report on the Ford Escape is available here: ANCAP TECHNICAL REPORT – Ford Escape