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Safer Subaru's for 2016

By Franky Johnson

The Subaru Outback and Legacy models are now safer than ever before. And that’s saying something when you consider that number of awards and safety ratings that these cars have already notched up.

2014 saw the introduction of all-new Subaru Outback and Legacy models. Both of these cars proclaimed Subaru’s ongoing pursuit of unrivalled safety, refinement and an adventurous driving experience. Just two years later, Subaru isn’t resting on its laurels with the introduction of even more safety and driver-focused features to this pair of vehicles.

Now on sale in South Africa, the 2016 Legacy and Outback models benefit from a suite of safety features under the latest Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection system. Using a radar system fitted to the left and right rear combination lamps, three new features have been enabled:

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA): When reversing out of a parking area in which rear visibility is blocked, this new feature warns drivers of traffic approaching from the side. Utilising a flashing visual indicator in your side mirror as well as an audible warning, drivers are alerted if another vehicle is approaching from the side(s). This is a standard feature on the Legacy and Outback and works best in conjunction with the standard Rear-Vision Camera. The system is activated as soon as ‘Reverse’ gear is engaged. Vehicles can be detected from up to 70 metres away but the audible warning alarm will only sound when the equated Time to Collision is 3,5 seconds.
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA): This feature has been developed to watch over your shoulder and warn you of potential danger. Using the radar, the system monitors your blind spot and when it senses that a vehicle is approaching on the right or left hand side, a warning light will appear in your side mirrors alerting you to the vehicle(s) presence. Working in conjunction with BSD, Lane Change Assist displays a flashing indicator in each side mirror if it senses another vehicle approaching in a neighbouring lane when the driver signals for a lane change. Once again, the vehicle detection maximum range is 70 metres and the audible alarm will sound when the equated Time to Collision is 4.0 seconds.
  • In a bid to further improve night vision and safety, High Beam Assist (HBA) has also been added to the new Legacy and Outback models. High Beam Assist makes use of an HBA camera located in front of the interior mirror. This camera detects various light sources including headlights from oncoming vehicles, tail lamps of proceeding vehicles, street lights and other reflective objects, accordingly and automatically adjusting the lighting for each. Simply put, the driver doesn’t need to manually switch between High beam and Low beam any longer.
    Paired with this technology is the anti-dazzle interior mirror which detects ambient light in the cabin and adjusts the mirror brightness to ensure safer and focused night time driving.
  • Also applicable to the 2,5 and 3,6 litre Outback and Legacy Vehicles is the new Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. Under sudden and hard braking, the hazard lamps rapidly flash to warn the vehicle behind in a bid to prevent rear collisions.

Whilst safety is paramount, Subaru also imbued the Legacy and Outback models with more user-friendly Smartphone integration with the introduction of Siri Eyes-Free. Now standard across the entire 2016 Subaru range in South Africa, Siri Eyes-Free works in conjunction with the standard voice recognition system. Operation of the system is simple. Link a compatible Siri-enabled device to the Subaru Outback or Legacy, and easily engage with Siri as you would in any other circumstance: to search the web; to make a call; to play music or to read and send your messages. For those drivers without Apple devices, the cars’ still allow hands-free interaction using the normal voice recognition feature to control the telephone, audio and climate control systems.

2016 SUBARU OUTBACK LINE-UP
2.5i-S Lineartronic™ CVT R519 000
3.6R-S Lineartronic™ CVT R579 000

2016 SUBARU LEGACY LINE-UP
LEGACY 3.6 R-S CVT R569 000

All of these cars are offered with Subaru’s comprehensive 3 Year / 75 000km Maintenance Plan and our 3 Year / 100 000km Warranty.

Both the Outback and Legacy have been awarded 5 stars in the Euro NCAP, JNCAP and ANCAP safety-ratings and have also received the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick.

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