While we’ve been busy taking in Buick’s forthcoming additions to its portfolio here in North America, that is the 2018 Buick Regal — including the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and TourX wagon, the brand has slipped in an innovative new safety feature to keep pedestrians at large safer.
Officially known as the Active Hood Safety System, and it’s the first time the brand has ever offered anything like it. How it works is the system senses the impact of a pedestrian between 16 and 30 mph. From there, a pyrotechnic actuator springs into action to lift the back of the hood up about 4 inches. Thus, the potential for injury is reduced by lessening the overall impact to the pedestrian.
Of course, this new system is in addition to a suite of available active safety features, which range from front pedestrian braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward automatic braking. These features come in the form of two “Driver Confidence” packages, though. The hood safety system is standard equipment on both the Regal Sportback and Regal TourX.
Be sure to check back as we comb over the all-new Regal Sportback and TourX during the 2017 New York International Auto Show next week.