Subaru Levorg just got even safer with the addition of EyeSight, Subaru’s advanced collision avoidance technology, contributing towards Levorg being the fifth Subaru model to score Euro NCAP’s prestigious five-star rating.
Fitted as standard to every Subaru Levorg, EyeSight features six technologies to maximise safety: Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure & Sway Warning, Pre-Collision Steering Assist, and Lead Vehicle Start Alert.
While systems from other manufacturers use various sensor technologies such as camera and radar or microwaves, EyeSight functions purely optically. The Subaru technicians have placed two camera lenses to the left and right of the rear-view mirror that together create a stereoscopic image.
Pre-Collision braking can also reliably capture pedestrians in dark clothing in un-lit areas, as commonly found throughout rural areas of the UK, and when needed initiate emergency braking.
In 2015, Subaru released data from a survey of traffic accidents involving Subaru vehicles in Japan from 2010 to 2014. The data revealed a 61% reduction in crashes for vehicles equipped with EyeSight, compared to those without.
Euro NCAP awarded Levorg 92% in the Adult Occupant category, 83% in the Child Occupant category, and 75% in Pedestrian and 68% in Safety Assist, both new areas for the tougher 2016 test.
Having debut in Malaysia in late July, the Subaru Levorg comes with a newly-developed 1.6-liter Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) Boxer engine, as well as the famed Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD). On its debut in the country, the Subaru Levorg 1.6GT-S has a price tag of RM199,720, minus insurance.
The Levorg is inspired by the EJ25 (2.5l NA) powerplant found in the Legacy 2.5i. The new 1.6-liter Horizontally-Opposed DIT boxer engine offers both brisk driving pleasure and superb fuel performance of 7.4-liter/100km, combined. Fuel efficiency is enhanced by Subaru’s first adoption of DIT combined with a low displacement engine. Turbo lag is also almost non-existent with peak torque of 250 Nm being delivered at 1,800rpm all the way to 4,800rpm.
In design, the Levorg’s sleek styling befits a sports tourer but cargo space remains functional and roomy, designed with the expertise gained from years of developing wagons. While keeping the exterior size nimble, the Levorg has achieved the largest cargo space of 522 liters. The front bumper features Subaru’s unique hexagon grille and hawk eye headlights with high-beam assist. Other exterior highlights include a plush interior with finesse obvious in even the smallest parts, maximized utility, first-class comfort, and an exhilarating experience.