Subaru EyeSight: An extra set of alert eyes on the road for you


Flanked by Subaru models at the unveiling of the Outback are, from left, stunt driver Russ Swift, Motor Image Pilipinas general manager Gerry Hernandez, Motor Image Pilipinas country head Reza Mutalib, and Bolt of Talent winner Lance Busa.

Motor Image Pilipinas, the sole authorized importer and distributor of Subaru Vehicles in the Philippines, recently unveiled three models now equipped with their EyeSight Active Safety Technology at the Manila International Autoshow 2018 recently held from April 5 TO 8 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

This is the fourth and final pillar of Subaru’s core technologies for their current generation cars that aim to improve safety, efficiency and performance, the other three being the horizontally-opposed or boxer engine, the symmetrical all-wheel drive, and the new Subaru global platform.

EyeSight now comes equipped as standard on the Subaru XV crossover and the Subaru Levorg sport wagon, plus the recently launched face-lifted Outback large luxury crossover that also made its debut at the Manila International Autoshow 2018.

Subaru’s EyeSight is the Japanese brand’s active safety technology that has six primary functions: pre-collision braking, which automatically applies brakes in the event of an impending collision; adaptive cruise control, which maintains a safe distance with the car ahead of you by adjusting the speed accordingly; pre-collision throttle management, which reduces throttle input to increase distance with the vehicle ahead of you or to help give you more time to react, brake or avoid an object in front; lane departure warning and lane sway warning, which alert you if you are moving outside of your lane by monitoring the lines on the road; and lead vehicle start assist.

Adaptive cruise control

EyeSight is composed of a system of cameras placed behind the rear-view mirror inside the car.

EyeSight continuously monitors everything happening in front of you: traffic and road conditions, the lines on the road, and other vehicles ahead to keep you out of harm’s way.

It is literally like another pair of eyes scanning your surroundings. A variety of sensors help determine a safe speed and distance between your vehicle and other objects and vehicles ahead of you.

In the United States and in other markets where EyeSight has been available for some time, this has allowed Subaru vehicles to drive safer, avoid more accidents, and thus lower insurance and long-term maintenance costs.

Pre-collision throttle management

The United States of America’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a non-profit organization of automotive insurance companies that aims to increase safety in vehicles and lessen vehicular accidents, has awarded the highest possible rating for front crash prevention on all vehicles equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight Technology.

Revised Outback

Subaru also unveiled a revised Outback in four and six-cylinder guise. The updated Outback features a more chiselled appearance.

The front fascia receives a revised grille with larger openings. Towards the edge of the bumper, the sculpting on the fog lights have been enhanced to match the new, sharper looking, C-Shaped LED headlights.

Pre-collision braking

Wrapping up the changes to the 2018 Outback are a set of newly-designed alloy wheels.

The rest of the Outback remains unchanged, which include the two impressive powerplants. Choice engine is, of course, the sweet six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers an impressive 260 hp and 350 Newton meters of torque powering all four wheels via Subaru’s Lineatronic HD CVT transmission.

Lane departure and lane sway warning

The lower-model 2.5i delivers 175 hp and 235 Nm of torque.

These are now priced at P2.178 million for the 2.5i-S, and P2.408 million for the 3.6R-S.

EyeSight cameras behind the rear-view mirror

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