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Subaru Levorg Gets Top Safety Rating - 5 Significant Implications For U.S. Models

The Subaru Levorg just earned the highest five-star safety score in Japan. See what it means for the next-generation Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek models in the U.S.

How safe are Subaru vehicles? Subaru Corporation announced the Levorg sports wagon just earned the JNCAP five-star safety award in Japan. The automaker has stated its goal of zero traffic fatalities by 2030, and the Levorg moves it closer. What does the safety technology mean for the Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek?

New Platform x

All-new Subaru Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek models ride on the Subaru Global Platform, and Levorg gets the new Platform x with an entire inner frame structure. Look for next-generation Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek models to get the optimized body structure with high-strength steel plates. The new architecture gives enhanced collision safety performance.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Outback

Enhanced collision safety performance

Subaru says the new sports wagon gets improved performance on all front, side, and rear surfaces and suppressing mass increase.

Pedestrian protection

New Subaru models will also get pedestrian protection airbags as standard equipment. The pressure sensor inside the bumper detects a collision with a pedestrian. It instantly covers the windshield and the lower end of the A-pillar with an airbag to reduce damage to the pedestrian's head.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Outback

Improved field of view

The new-generation EyeSight also comes with 360-degree sensing by combining four front and rear radars in addition to a newly developed stereo camera that Subaru says "greatly expands the field of view."

Electric brake booster

Models will have improved software performance and adopt an electric brake booster, which will support collision avoidance in a broader range of scenes, such as turning left or right at an intersection or traveling in areas with poor visibility.

Subaru has already achieved the highest safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the Forester compact SUV. Now they aim to use its EyeSight advanced safety system to achieve improved safety performance for zero fatal accidents in its automobiles.

Next year, the 2022 Subaru Forester is due for a significant refresh in its fourth year of Subaru's life cycle. Look for the new model change to come with the new EyeSight X. The compact SUV is likely the first U.S. model to come equipped with leading-edge technology. The next-generation Outback and Crosstrek will follow.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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