Subaru is offering the new generation of Levorg station with an interesting option in Japan. By ordering this option, airbags are added to the car hood, the role of which is to prevent severe injuries to pedestrians and cyclists in collisions and accidents.
The Subaru-Leverg exterior airbag is designed to cover part of the hood and windshield junction when opened, as well as the lower half of the columns when opened. According to the Japanese automaker, the airbag only opens when the collision speed or speed is within a certain range.
Leverkusen is not the first car to have an airbag on the hood, as Volvo had previously introduced the V40 with such a feature in 2012. The airbag of this car is also located under the hood and near the windshield, and its sensors are activated at a speed of 20 to 50 kilometers and at a temperature of minus 20 to positive 70 degrees Celsius.
Earlier, in 2019, ZF also unveiled the initial version of the outer airbag. The German company’s airbag, of course, was located on the side and under the pedals, and its task was not to protect pedestrians, but to reduce the severity of the impact. The airbag had a volume of 280 to 400 liters when filled.
It is worth mentioning that different companies are discovering new applications for airbags. For example, Mercedes-Benz has equipped the current generation S-Class with dedicated rear passenger airbags; Honda luxury brand Akura has also designed modern airbags that fit the front passenger in the collision.
The Subaru Liveorg station is one of the lesser-known Japanese cars, as this model is mainly developed for the domestic market and is not available in other international markets. The first generation of this car was introduced in 2014 and in addition to the motherland, it was sold in some European countries as well as Australia. But the second generation, unveiled last year, is currently limited to the domestic market, and it is unclear whether Subaru will launch it in other countries.