JOINING THE LIBERTY in Subaru showrooms, the all-new 2010 Subaru Outback is now available in Australia: bigger, more powerful and more efficient than the outgoing model.
Sharing most of its equipment and safety features with the brand new Liberty, the 2010 Outback sits 70mm higher and comes with the additional body cladding and restyled bumper designs Outback owners have come to expect.
Unlike the Liberty - at least initially - November or December will see the Outback line-up joined by a diesel engine, possibly leading to a similar addition to the rest of Subaru's model range.
TMR spoke with Subaru Australia National Corporate Affairs Manager, David Rowley, who confirmed that Subaru will launch its first diesel in Australia later this year.
Rowley said that an expanded diesel range in Australia will hinge on the success of the diesel Outback.
“We are expecting to announce the diesel Outback early in December, and depending on consumer interest, we will look at bringing in diesel versions of the Liberty, Impreza and Forester,” he said.
The all-new Outback will initially be offered with two of the three engine options available with the Liberty: the naturally aspirated 2.5 litre four-cylinder, and the larger 3.6 litre six cylinder.
The 2.5 litre SOHC naturally-aspirated engine produces 123kW and 229Nm of torque while achieving a fuel economy of 8.9 l/100km on the combined cycle with the manual transmission, and 8.4 l/100km with the CVT.
The 3.6 litre DOHC naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engine of the 3.6R - the largest engine ever offered with the Outback - develops 191kW at 5600rpm and 350Nm of torque at 4400rpm.
Subaru says that, using regular unleaded petrol, the 3.6R engine - available with an automatic transmission only - consumes just 10.3 l/100km on the combined cycle.
In all, three transmissions are on offer. Both the CVT and six-speed manual transmissions are available with the naturally aspirated 2.5i, and the the 3.6R is offered with a five-speed automatic only.
Interior And Driving
The Outback 3.6R features Subaru’s Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) system, offering three different driving setups to allow drivers to refine performance and responsiveness.
Intelligent mode is designed to provide a smoother power output, contributing to greater fuel economy.
Sport mode - the default setting - optimises performance on city and highway drives, and Subaru describes this mode as a good option for routine, day-to-day driving.
Sport # mode increases revs for sharper, sportier driving, and this mode cannot be engaged when the engine is cold.
A new, more open dash and instrument panel is joined by an electronic parking brake and 10-way driver’s seat and four-way front passenger seat.
The newly-designed three-spoke steering wheel features steering-mounted controls and sports style.
Paddle shifters are featured on automatic and CVT models.
An ‘ECO’ gauge acts to advise economy-minded drivers of the status of their driving as it relates to fuel consumption, the needle staying in the green zone for eco-friendly driving and moving to the yellow zone for higher consumption.
The full Liberty and Outback range has been awarded a 5-Star ANCAP crash safety rating, with a 3-Star pedestrian safety rating.
Vehicle Dynamics Control, Subaru’s electronic stability program, is standard across the range.
Other safety features include ABS anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and Curtain, Driver’s, Driver’s knee, dual front and side airbags.
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