Soon to launch in Japan, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is going to feature the brand’s first ever pedestrian protection air bag.
This will be the first time its making an appearance in the brand and the improved safety features will come standard in the Impreza sedan and 5-door models. In the event of a collision between the vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian protection airbag will deploy to shield them from the full impact of the hit thus reducing injuries. We don’t have a visual representation of the Subaru pedestrian airbag yet but it could look similar to that of the Discovery Sport or Volvo V40 where an airbag is deployed from the same area as the windshield wipers. By covering the windshield with an airbag, damage to the pedestrian’s head should be reduced.
Discovery Sport Pedestrian Airbag
Launched alongside the pedestrian airbag is an improved version of Subaru’s EyeSight safety system. The current version of Subaru’s driver-assist system includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, and lane departure and sway warning. Thanks to the EyeSight Advanced Driver Assist System, the current outgoing Impreza earned a Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Subaru says the 2017 Impreza’s collision safety performance has been increased by 1.4 time compared to the current model thus improving safety for both driver and passengers. We can expect to see the 2017 Impreza bag another Top Safety Pick + award too.
Here’s a Japanese ad to show us what we have to look forward to.