31
March
2009
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18:00
Europe/Amsterdam

Class-leading active and passive safety

  • Impact-absorbing body
  • Seven SRS airbags
  • 3-point ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelts
  • Active front headrests
  • Powerful front and rear disc brakes
  • ABS, EBD, BA, TRC and VSC (active safety systems)

Impact absorbing body

The new Urban Cruiser has been designed to ofer the highest levels of active, passive and pedestrian impact safety performance.

Its lightweight yet high rigidity, impact-absorbing body shell incorporates a signifcant percentage of high tensile steel. To reduce the impact force on passengers' backs and chests during a side collision, impact-absorbing material is positioned in each part of the door trim. A crushable door armrest structure further absorbs side collision impact forces.

The new Urban Cruiser's bonnet features an energy absorbing structure and a crushable cowl at its rear edge. The bonnet hood lock is well distanced from the upper bonnet surface, and the vehicle front incorporates upper and lower leg impact absorbers. Additional absorbers located where the rear edge of the bonnet meets the upper fender and a front wiper motor engineered with a collapsible bracket further minimise pedestrian impact injuries.

Seven SRS airbags

All Urban Cruiser versions are equipped, as standard, with seven SRS airbags driver and front passenger airbags, a driver's knee airbag, front side airbags and full-length side curtain shield airbags.

3-point ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelts

All front and rear seats feature three-point, ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelts with a pre-tensioner and force limiter function. The ELR is designed to lock up the seatbelt when excessive load is applied over a preset value. During a collision, the force limiter fractionally reduces seatbelt tension to lower occupant chest impact forces.

Active front headrests

The Urban Cruiser is ftted with active front seat headrests to reduce whiplash injuries during rear end collisions. Should a rear impact of sufcient velocity occur, the headrests are operated automatically, moving forwards and upwards to support the heads of the driver and front passenger.

Powerful front and rear disc brakes

The Urban Cruiser is ftted with 275 mm ventilated disc brakes to the front. To the rear, 2WD models are equipped with 259 mm discs and AWD models 279 mm discs.

ABS, EBD, BA, TRC and VSC (Active Safety Systems)

The new Urban Cruiser is ftted, as standard, with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).

EBD works with ABS to ensure that the most efective brake force is applied to each wheel, according to road conditions. By preventing the wheels from locking, EBD helps to maintain sure-footed stability during cornering and braking. BA identifes the need for, and applies, additional braking force if the driver fails to apply sufcient force during emergency braking, or releases brake pressure too soon.

TRC monitors and controls the amount of power that is applied to the road through the car's wheels. If the system detects that one or more wheels is about to lose traction it instantly determines the best way to restore traction to that wheel, either by decreasing the power being sent to the wheel that is about to spin or, in more extreme cases, momentarily braking the wheel until it regains traction.

VSC is designed to prevent loss of car control when entering a corner too fast or in slippery conditions which might lead to a skid. Via sensors monitoring car body rotation, wheel speed and brake pressure, the system assesses vehicle stability and the proximity of either an understeer or oversteer slide. The system restores stability by applying smoothly modulated braking to the appropriate wheel individually.