The Subaru Levorg Wagon, which was introduced last year, is offered in Japan with an external airbag. It inflates around the bottom half of the A-pillars and the bottom of the windshield to reduce the risk of pedestrian injury.
The Levorg is one of the lesser known Subaru models, mainly because it is a station wagon targeted at the Japanese car market. The first generation model, introduced in 2014, was also sold in some European countries and Australia, while the current version of the model, introduced last year, has not yet been released outside of the Land of the Rising Sun.
The JDM-spec Levorg (Japan only) can be fitted with an external airbag to protect pedestrians in the event of an accident.
It inflates around the bottom half of the A-pillars and the bottom of the windshield to reduce the risk of injury. Subaru mentions that a pedestrian airbag may not pop up if the impact from a collision is weak or because the vehicle is traveling at an inadmissible speed.
Keep in mind that the Levorg is not the first production car to feature this safety feature, as the 2012 Volvo V40 was also offered with a pedestrian airbag mounted under the hood next to the windshield. In the Swedish compact hatchback, the sensors related to the external airbag are active when the vehicle is traveling at a speed of 20-50 km / h and when the ambient temperature is between -20 and +70 degrees Celsius.
While external airbags are intended for pedestrians only, similar technology is being developed to protect against vehicle collisions. In 2019, ZF demonstrated a side sill airbag that served as an extension of the crumple zone between the A and C pillars in the event of a side impact. The external airbag was five to eight times larger than the normal driver’s airbag and ranged in volume from 280 to 400 liters.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that Subaru had produced 20 million all-wheel drive vehicles by 2021. The Japanese automaker continues to hold the leading position in the production of four-wheel drive vehicles. Last month, the brand celebrated the release of its 20 millionth car. It took almost 50 years.