M cars come with a package of intelligent safety features aimed at minimising the risk of accidents – and for that great feeling of knowing one is always in safe hands. Highly robust, large-volume supporting structures and the intelligent use of ultra-high-strength multi-phase steel ensure maximum rigidity in the safety passenger cell, while keeping the overall weight to a minimum.
The impact of a collision is channelled away from the passenger cell to other parts of the car body, such as the undercarriage, side frames, front bulkhead or roof and is absorbed by deformation zones at the front and rear. In the case of a side-on collision, occupants are protected by strengthened structures in the area of the B-pillars and side skirts, highly rigid side impact protection in the doors, as well as a stable seat crossmember.
To better protect pedestrians, a shock absorber is built into the front area between the bumper and bumper cover, which reduces the severity of leg injuries in the event of an accident. In addition, the bonnet is fitted with deformation elements that form a crumple zoneand help absorb impact energy.
Active Protection is the BMW ConnectedDrive preventive passenger protection system. Active Protection warns the driver if it detects signs of tiredness. Safety belts are pretensioned in critical situations, electric seats are returned to upright positions (if the car has them) and the windows are closed. After an accident occurs, the brakes are automatically applied to bring the car to a standstill.