The technology that underpins Subaru's Active Safety is the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive paired with the uniquely balanced Subaru BOXER Engine.
Empowering you to better avoid danger, Active Safety gives you the peace of mind to enjoy driving without the worry of poor weather or road conditions.
Mastering driving helps us deliver safe, reliable vehicles that react exactly as the driver intends.
Imagine driving on a highway on a rainy day. In many cars, you may feel uneasy due to surface water. This is because it reduces traction and compromises the steering.
Subaru's highly developed Active Safety allows you to control the vehicle as intended, providing greater danger-avoidance capability – even in poor weather conditions.
Subaru have fine-tuned all the basic functions of a vehicle – driving, turning and stopping – to develop vehicles that offer exceptional stability and predictable control in the most challenging conditions. Mastering the elements of driving makes cars safer.
Sturdy Body Frames
A rigid body is perhaps the most important factor that is regularly overlooked. Cars with insufficient rigidity suffer from shaking throughout the frame when driving over gaps or cornering, resulting in unpredictable, unreliable behaviour. Subaru uses bodies built with the new Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frames concept, giving the driver faithful response and reliable drivability.
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system has superior weight balance and gives efficient distribution of traction and load to each wheel to limit the chassis rolling and pitching, increasing ride comfort and making the journey enjoyable for all passengers. The system enables stable driving at all times, on all roads, and in all conditions.
Suspension Designed for Stability and Agility
The front suspension features a longer stroke design to allow the car to better follow contours in the road surface. This provides better driving stability and outstanding steering response. The rear suspension keeps tyres firmly perpendicular against the road surface, and absorbs shocks in a steady manner. Both front and rear suspension systems support each other for safe, reliable drivability and supreme ride comfort.
Reliability on hills
The Hill Start Assist function is a driver assist system that keeps the car steady when taking off uphill. Brake pressure is retained for approximately one second when taking off uphill to prevent the car from rolling backwards when shifting from the brake pedal to the accelerator.
Outstanding traction and reliable drivability with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, and suspension with excellent control capabilities for car behaviour that the driver expects. A highly-rigid and lightweight body for surefooted driving and higher levels of risk avoidance. The Hill-start Assist function also helps to reduce driver fatigue while on the road.
Imagine being able to drive into a slippery corner on a snowy or rainy day without unpredictable car movement, turn exactly as intended through the corner, and head out of the corner smoothly. Subaru includes a number of functions that make smooth cornering a reality.
Vehicle Dynamics Control is an electronic device that prevents the car from skidding when it experiences a loss in stability, by constantly monitoring driving conditions from the steering angle, engine speed, gear selection and the brake position. It controls the brakes if the car starts behaving irregularly, and is effective when the car is about to slip sideways when cornering.
A new function that takes risk aversion capabilities a step further. When carving a corner, VDC applies brakes to the inner front wheel to provide optimum drive power relative to the outer wheel. The outer tyres turn smoother, which in turn increases steering capability. The car responds faithfully to the driver’s steering input, which helps avoid objects on the road or danger when needed.
Braking performance is directly related to a car’s safety and risk aversion capabilities. The key focus for Subaru is peace of mind, and to achieve this, the brakes have been designed to respond quickly when applying them on almost any type of road.
Electric Brake-force Distribution is a system that distributes braking power at an optimum rate between the front and rear wheels to suit driving conditions. The front and rear wheels rotate at a different rate depending on how the car is driven and its weight. The system detects these changes, and distributes braking power to certain wheels to suit driving conditions for more reliable braking.
During emergency braking conditions, most drivers are unable to apply sufficient brake pressure, which often makes collisions worse than they might have been. The Brake Assist function assists the driver in pressing the brake pedal to prevent these situations from occurring. The speed at which the brake pedal is pressed, and the force that is applied are detected to determine whether emergency braking assistance is required, and if so brake pressure is increased automatically.
If the driver accidentally presses both the accelerator pedal and brake pedal at the same time, the system limits engine output and applies the brakes first and foremost. This is effective in preventing accidents if the driver presses the wrong pedal.