Land Rover Discovery Sport, the first member of the new Discovery family, has received the maximum five star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Unveiled in September 2014, the Discovery Sport features numerous cutting-edge safety features such as an all-new pedestrian airbag (first in small-SUV segment), which, upon detection of a pedestrian impact, deploys from the upper-rear surface of the bonnet within 60 milliseconds. The SUV is also the first Land Rover to feature Autonomous Emergency Braking system, which uses a digital stereo camera mounted next to the rear view mirror to detect objects that could pose a collision threat and delivers visual and audible warnings and automatically applies the brakes.
Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes, said: "The vehicle safety team worked tirelessly to ensure that the Discovery Sport delivered levels of safety never before seen in the small SUV segment. We have introduced some cutting edge safety technologies such as the all-new pedestrian airbag and an innovative Autonomous Emergency Braking system, in addition to our tried-and-tested Land Rover safety systems. All of our products are tested to stringent in-house safety standards that go significantly beyond the legal and consumer testing standards. As a family vehicle, safety was really a key motivator when designing this car. We are proud to have made no compromises on this."
Safety is on high note across all the variants of the Discovery Sport, including 5+2 seat models. All seating positions are assessed to ensure a high standard of occupant protection and even the third row gets retractor pretensioners as standard. Other active and passive safety systems include Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control, Roll Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking Systems, Reverse Traffic Detection, Emergency Brake Lights, Lane Departure Warning and Seatbelt Reminders. Optional features also include Blind Spot Monitoring with Closing Vehicle Sensing, Active Speed Limiting, Reverse Traffic Detection and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The rigid, high-strength steel and boron body shell of the Discovery Sport comes with a roof that will support more than 4.5 times the vehicle weight. Discovery Sport also has a comprehensive occupant safety package including driver and passenger airbags, driver knee airbag, and side curtain and thorax airbags.
Source : CarDekho