Together with the introduction of the all-new Subaru Outback in Malaysia today, TC Subaru Sdn Bhd has also introduced Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology to the market. The technology, developed by Subaru, is a driving support system that uses a range of functions to assist the driver avoid accidents and have more peace of mind motoring.

EyeSight technology is like an extra set of eyes watching the road ahead, especially traffic. The core of the system is a set of dual colour 3D cameras mounted around the rearview mirror. The EyeSight system monitors vehicles ahead and when cruise control is activated, it will adjust the speed to maintain a safe gap.

The system also monitors the position of the car within lanes on the road and should the car move out of the lane or ‘sway’ from side to side, the driver will be alerted. This is useful in case a driver is drowsy and loses concentration.

There’s also a Pre-Collision Braking feature which can apply full braking force in emergency situations, helping to avoid or reduce the severity of frontal impacts. The Pre-Collision Braking feature is complemented by the Pre-Collision Throttle Management which detects a vehicle ahead and reduces engine power if the computer predicts that a collision might occur.

In addition to the EyeSight technology, the new Outback is fitted with Steering Responsive Headlights which swivel according to the direction of the car’s movement, eg when driving along a twisty road. Front blind spot visibility has also been enhanced with cameras fitted on the lower part of the front grille and side mirror which will allow the drivers to check the surrounding areas when manoeuvring though tight spaces.

The latest Outback has an improved 2.5-litre Boxer engine (175 ps/235 Nm) with a new alternator that is 8% lighter which is said to improve fuel efficiency. Overall fuel efficiency is claimed to be improved by 3% compared to the prior model.

The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) now has a 7-speed manual mode and the throttle response has been improved for a sporty acceleration feel. Changing the CVT chain to a short pitch chain has also reduced noise.

Other features include the STABLEX-Ride System for better steering stability and ride quality with less body shake, and X-MODE for optimised control of the engine. As with all Subaru models, there is Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (S-AWD) not only for better grip in off-road terrain but also enhanced stability on highways, especially in wet and slippery conditions.

TC Subaru has indicated a base price of RM246,188.40 (without insurance) which it says includes 10% Sales & Service Tax which is expected to be applied from September 1, 2018. This suggests that first deliveries of the vehicle can only start after the GST-free period which will be over at the end of next month.

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