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Subaru is bringing a high-end safety feature to its entry-level crossover with introduction of its EyeSight pre-collision mitigation system to the 2015 XV Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The stereo-camera technology can warn of an impending frontal crash and automatically apply the brakes and it incorporates lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control, as well.
Subaru of America debuted the new 2015 XV Crosstrek and XV Crosstrek Hybrid crossover on October 23rd, hoping to continue the success of their Crosstrek line and its role in the company’s huge uptick in revenue for the past six years.
Subaru’s flashy EyeSight suite is available on the new Crosstrek. Touted as one of the most significant leaps in crash prevention recently, EyeSight possesses a substantial list of features sure to make this year’s Crosstrek a huge improvement from last year:
• Pre-collision warning – alerts the driver to imminent frontal collisions
• Pre-collision braking – applies brakes faster than human reaction time in emergency situations
• Pre-collision throttle management – reduces engine power in possible frontal impact scenarios
• Lane departure warning – alerts the driver when they drift into other lanes
• Adaptive cruise control – automatically brakes to keep a set distance between other vehicles
In addition, vehicles equipped with EyeSight come standard with Steering Responsive fog lights, which briefly illuminate on turns based on the car’s steering wheel position. Cars using Subaru’s EyeSight already have typically scored the highest possible ratings on frontal crash tests, and the host of safety features should do the same for the Crosstrek.
2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and Hybrid models of the Crosstrek come equipped with a 6.2-inch infotainment system and rear vision camera. The system uses touch controls for audio and other vehicle features, and uses Subaru STARLINK, Pandora and iHeart Radio, and Aha smartphone integration. Pricier Crosstrek models have a bigger screen at 7 inches, multi-touch capabilities, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, SiriusXM NavTraffic and NavWeather, voice controls, two USB ports, and color LCD gauges.
The Hybrid model was shown to be adaptive to the driver’s needs, always prioritizing fuel efficiency through a combination of its electric drive motor and gasoline engine. For example, acceleration from a stop is generated from the electric motor. Depending on pressure on the accelerator, battery charge status, climate control use, and other factors, the gasoline engine will then kick in.
When stopped, the Crosstrek’s Auto Stop-Start feature halts the engine, reducing fuel use. Removing your foot from the brake pedal shifts the vehicle back into the low-power mode of the electric motor. When using the air conditioner, Stop-Start may not work, and instead the vehicle will use the electric motor to charge its battery.
Subaru EyeSight is a welcome addition to one of the company’s most popular American vehicles, and is sure to improve an already solid offering. The XV Crosstrek seems sure to continue making waves the company started six years ago.