Subaru Australia has announced a raft of safety and convenience updates for the 2012 Liberty, including the new EyeSight preventative safety system for the top-shelf 3.6R Premium variant.
For the entry-level Liberty 2.5i, Subaru has added a reversing camera to the standard equipment list, making the life-saving equipment a range-wide feature.
Other upgrades for the Liberty 2.5i include leather trim, air vents for the rear row, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, electric lumbar support, a 4.3-inch LCD screen with USB connectivity, and a full-size spare wheel.
Subaru says the new standard features add up to $3000 in additional value, at no extra cost.
Satellite navigation has also been added to the Liberty 2.5i Premium and 2.5 Sport Premium variants as standard equipment, joining the 2.5i GT Premium and 3.6R Premium.
"These upgrades make Liberty an even more compelling package, combining safety, luxury and functionality to produce a highly durable and desirable car with the added benefit of sure-footed All-Wheel Drive," Subaru Australia boss Nick Senior said.
The big news for Subaru is the debut of its EyeSight preventative as standard equipment with the range-topping 3.6R Premium variant.
"We’re honoured to become the first export market for EyeSight, which we’ve committed to gradually introducing right across our Australian range in the coming years," Mr Senior said.
EyeSight brings Subaru into the advanced safety game, adding technologies pioneered by the likes of Volvo and Volkswagen.
Unlike the European options, Subaru's EyeSight does away with the need for a radar system, using only a stereo camera system mounted either side of the inside mirror.
The system includes seven key functions:
- Pre-crash braking – applies the brakes when a vehicle ahead is detected slowing or stopping suddenly (and the driver has failed to apply the brakes).
- Pre-crash brake assist – if the system determines that a collision is highly likely and the driver applies the brakes, the system can generate 1G maximum deceleration to help reduce impact or damage.
- Progressive Start Control – if a driver accidentally applies full throttle close to a barrier or large object situated in front of the car (such as a car park wall or vehicle immediately ahead at close range), EyeSight inhibits the throttle opening, helping minimise or potentially avoid impact.
- Adaptive Cruise control – is designed to maintain a safe distance from the ‘target’ car in front irrespective of the varying speed of that vehicle.
- Lane Departure Warning - alerts the driver if the system determines that the car is drifting across clearly marked lanes.
- Vehicle Sway Warning - alerts the driver if the car starts to sway from one side of the road to another, which may occur with fatigue.
- Progressive Motion Monitor - when the EyeSight-equipped vehicle is stopped and the vehicle in front starts to move, the driver receives an audible reminder and information display indicator notifying them that the vehicle in front has moved.
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5i manual sedan - $32,990
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5i Lineartronic CVT sedan - $34,990
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5i manual wagon - $34,990
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5i Lineartronic CVT wagon - $36,990
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5i Premium Lineartronic CVT sedan - $40,990
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5i Premium Lineartronic CVT wagon - $42,990
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5i Sports Premium Lineartronic CVT sedan - $45,490
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5i Sports Premium Lineartronic CVT wagon - $47,490
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5 GT Premium manual sedan - $52,990
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5 GT Premium auto sedan - $54,990
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5 GT Premium manual wagon - $54,990
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5 GT Premium auto wagon - $56,990
- 2012 Subaru Liberty 3.6R Premium auto sedan - $53,490
Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.