The Ford Mustang has received an upgrade to a three star ANCAP safety rating following a revision of specifications for right-hand drive markets.

The vehicle originally received a two star rating in January 2017 with the vehicle receiving improvements to safety assist features as well as tuning to restraint systems.

The changes made to the vehicle saw an increased safety assist score of 61%, up from an original score of 16% and an increased pedestrian protection score of 78% up from 64%.

ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said the vehicle was improved but still fell short of expectations in the area of occupant protection.

“Structurally, the revised Ford Mustang is identical to the Mustang we originally rated, meaning it still falls short of our expectations in the areas of Adult occupant and child occupant protection.

“The inclusion of driver assistance aids such as AEB and lane keep assist is a definite step in the right direction.

“Yet these upgrades have neglected to address the injury risk posed to rear seat occupants as well as whiplash protection.”

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