Revised and more elegant Subaru Outback crossover for 2015
Subaru has revealed an extensively upgraded and revised Outback for 2015. The most notable changes to the crossover are to the styling, where Subaru has exchanged the bulbous and bold design language of the previous model for a more conservative, but more elegant look.
The front of the car now has a similar face to that of the recently launched WRX, with Subaru’s signature hexagonal shaped grille incorporated into the front bumper and what Subaru calls “hawk-eye” headlights.
As the Outback is a high-riding wagon with light off-road capabilities, Subaru has fitted it with plates protect expensive hardware under the car and make it appear tougher, puffed up wheel arches, alloy wheels, fog lights and of course, Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Up the back, the wagon is fitted with sharp and angular LED taillights.
The cabin has been described by Subaru PR boffins as “comfortable and sporty,” with an abundance of high quality materials throughout, an infotainment system, dash instrumentation that is intended to have a three-dimensional effect and an overall cleaner and more simplistic cabin design.
Designers have pushed the A-pillar forward to not only increase interior space and light, but front-quarter windows have been added to reduce blind spots and subsequently enhance safety. Speaking of safety, Subaru’s EyeSight system is fitted to help prevent accidents thanks to stereo cameras which scan the environment ahead. This system is backed up by Pre-Collision braking and clever cruise control.
The driving experience as also been improved, with a lower centre of gravity, body rigidity and an upgraded chassis, fuel reducing electric steering, suspension and brakes. ActiveTorque Vectoring enhances steering feedback.
Those who fancy taking their Outback er, outback will be delighted by X-Mode an off-road programme that coordinates power from the engine, the AWD system and brakes to ensure that the car has optimum traction on less than grippy surfaces.
Buyers will have a choice of two boxer engines: a 2.5 litre four that has a modified intake, exhaust and combustion systems to reduce fuel consumption. The engine produces [email protected] and [email protected].
Four cylinder Outbacks are only offered with a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) transmission with six programmed steps and flappy paddles should the driver decide to change gears themself.
The 3.6 litre box six remains and pumps out [email protected] and [email protected] The bigger engine is married to a conventional six speed sports auto.
Details and specification levels for Australian models are yet to be announced, but the big Suby will arrive down under early next year.