The new version of the 2011 Ford Explorer has been named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – the automotive equivalent of the Dean’s List and a rarefied group that the popular SUV had been excluded so far. In a bit of irony, the Explorer has grown from a truck based body on frame design for a car-based unit for the new model year. The price of the IIHS calls into question the popular mythology that motor trucks are inherently safer than cars.
“The Ford Explorer sets a new safety standard for high-tech innovation,” said Sue Cischke, vice president of Ford Group sustainability, environment and safety engineering. “Explorer has several new innovative technologies, including production industry into line behind the inflatable safety belts, and Curve Control, which can help drivers maintain control of a vehicle if they enter a curve too fast. ”
The Explorer comes with a wide range of standard features and customer demand clearly shows that Ford has done a good job offer so many options in the range 2011. The all-new 2011 Ford Explorer, which should begin reaching dealers in January, stepped on to the passing side of the SUV realm-which means it has a little more carlike driving experience, just over the focus on the passenger area, and even more attention to appointments cabin than previous versions. Ford has not completely forgotten the off-road or, as we indicated in a first drive of the Explorer, the ute gets a Land Rover type system multi-mode which may still face steep slopes of the mud and sand.
For example, 22 percent of 19,000 first orders called adaptive cruise control with collision warning before, the number of active help and windscreen wipers, while 40 percent of buyers wanted the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with alert cross traffic. The IIHS said that 66 vehicles have earned the Top Safety Pick award for 2011, including 40 cars, 25 SUVs and a minivan. Winners “do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rollover, and rear-end collisions is based on good grades in tests of the Institute,” he said. “Winners must also have [optional] electronic stability control.”
“Explorer has a tradition of innovation in safety, side airbags curtain AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control), and now offers the production of the first inflatable rear seat belt,” said Craig Patterson, Director Marketing Explorer. “Security Explorer customer value and security. The safety devices are one of the main reasons customers cite for their purchases and Explorer SUVs in general. ”
The new 2011 Explorer has all products: dual front airbags, side and curtain, antilock brakes, traction and stability control and active headrests. Rear-seat inflatable seat belts make their debut in the explorer, and blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control and “control curve” that predicts tight turns are all available.