Subaru Eyesight ADAS Coming Soon To Manual Transmission Models
Subaru’s giving its manual-equipped cars some ADAS love.
Subaru’s Eyesight set of sensors, passive safety, and accident avoidance technology certainly is one of the best in the business, but it’s been a thing completely absent from its more enthusiast vehicles. Eyesight is standard on most of the cars in the Subaru lineup, but only if they’re equipped with the CVT. The manual-equipped BRZ, WRX, and (now previous generation) Impreza didn’t get Eyesight.
All that looks to change, though. Subaru is developing Eyesight for the BRZ, and its deploying it on Japanese market cars very soon. Eyesight includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear collision alert, and more goodies to keep the driver safe on the road. Some have insisted the manual transmission’s ability to stall when an emergency stop is performed was part of why Subaru never tailored Eyesight to the manual-equipped cars. Not sure how well that holds up, Honda’s Sensing offers a similar level ADAS features. It’s been available on manual-equipped cars as far back as 2018. Whatever the case, it looks like Subaru’s sorted out the issues.
Currently, only the automatic-equipped Subaru BRZ is available with Eyesight. The exact details for the manual transmission and Eyesight combo will be released soon. However, Subaru did say that sales of the new combination will start first in Japan later this year. We expect North America to get the feature by the 2024 model year. Hopefully, that technology will come to the manual transmission Subaru WRX.
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