CUPRA has introduced a new feature in its Formentor SUV which will help prevent car dooring accidents – where a car, pedestrian or other moving object is hit when the door is opened.
The “Exit Warning” feature, which is aided by a rear-facing camera, will deliver an audible warning to the passenger, if a cyclist, pedestrian or vehicle is coming from behind, and the SUV will be the first CUPRA vehicle to be equipped with it. The Formentor is also the first vehicle to be designed and developed from the ground up by SEAT.
While it may seem like the most effective solution at the moment for the reckless, car manufacturers have various safety features in place to counter such accidents.
Take the Range Rover Evoque we reviewed for example; if there is a moving object by or approaching the doors, a symbol by the door handle (in the passenger’s line of sight) will illuminate to warn the passenger against opening the door.
Might sound insignificant to you, but according to data in the UK, 10 cyclists were killed in 2019 alone from such incidents.
The VZ is the most powerful variant of the Formentor SUV, with 310 hp and 400 Nm from a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged engine driving all four wheels. The engine is paired to a 7-speed DSG gearbox, allowing the Formentor to get from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds!