AA says Jeep should go further

AA says Jeep should go further

2014-jeep-cherokee-frontal-offsetAA motoring services GM Stella Stocks says Jeep has lifted its game with a 5-star ANCAP rating for the new Cherokee, but she would like to see the brand’s optional safety assist technologies made standard.

The Cherokee is the first Jeep model to receive a 5-star rating by the Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). In 2012 the Jeep Wrangler (Sport, two door) and Jeep Compass (4×4 variants) earned 4-star safety ratings along with the Jeep Grand Cherokee in December 2011.

Stocks says Jeep has lagged behind its main competitors in terms of the safety features it offered.

“While Jeep has lifted its game in the safety stakes, it’s really just catching up to its rivals to reach a spot all mainstream brands should occupy,” says Stocks.

“However, the Cherokee has done a great job of adopting safety assist technologies (SATs) we have come to expect as standard.”

The Cherokee is fitted with a full suite of airbags and SATs that include roll stability, trailer stability, tyre pressure monitoring and daytime running lights as standard.

“It would be great to see Jeep take the next step by making some of its optional SATs such as standard autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, reversing collision avoidance and lane support systems, available as standard.

“While these are available as additional options for customers, I’d like all manufacturers to provide these life-saving SATs to everyone rather than just those who are prepared or able to pay extra.”

ANCAP has also announced 5-star safety ratings for the new Skoda Rapid which has recently gone on sale, and the Nissan Pathfinder hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) which is expected to be released in New Zealand later this year.

The full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings, other vehicle safety information and the specifications of the rated vehicles are available online

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