2013 Subaru Liberty And Outback Revealed, New 2.5 Litre Boxer On-board

Mike Stevens | Mar 30, 2012

Subaru's US-market Legacy (Liberty in Australia) and Outback have been revealed ahead of their New York Auto Show debut, picking up a host of styling tweaks and Subaru's new 2.5 litre boxer engine.

For 2013, the Liberty and Outback pick up a large new Impreza-inspired grille design, along with new bumpers and new wheel designs.

In the cabin, there's upgraded materials and trims, revised equipment options and a new electro-luminescent instrument cluster.

The big story however is under the bonnet, with Subaru's new naturally-aspirated 'FB' DOHC 2.5 litre four-cylinder boxer engine replacing the existing SOHC 2.5 litre boxer.

Subaru's second-generation Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission is also featured, along with a six-speed manual transmission.

Power is up from 123kW and 229Nm to 126kW and 235Nm, while fuel consumption in the Liberty, paired with the CVT, is shaved from 8.9 to 8.7 litres.

The range-topping 3.6 litre six-cylinder boxer engine carries over unchanged. The turbocharged 2.5 GT model has been discontinued in the US, although it remains to be seen if the Australian model will follow.

Subaru says it has also refined the suspension and steering of both cars, promising a smoother and quieter driving experience. Body roll has also been reduced by 40 percent.


As a North American update, it remains to be seen how much of this upgrade will make its way to Australia, although the updated face and the new engine are likely a shoo-in.

Speaking with TMR today, Subaru Australia's David Rowley could not confirm local plans or timing for this update.

"Of course, with the passing of each model year we make refinements to the range, so you can be certain there will be further developments for MY13. As to what they’ll be, watch this space," Mr Rowley said.

The Australian Liberty and Outback models have not gone without their share of updates, with the important new EyeSight preventative safety system joining the range in December last year.

Other upgrades in December included, for the entry-level 2.5i grade; leather trim, air vents for the rear row, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, electric lumbar support, a 4.3-inch LCD screen with USB connectivity, and a full-size spare wheel.

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  • J says,
    4 years ago
    These cars just get uglier and uglier. Now when I'm at the stage of thinking about these cars for my family they have driven me away with crap design.
  • Steven says,
    4 years ago
    They look like Dame Edna Everage.
  • DC says,
    4 years ago
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    Subaru Australia, keep this ugly duckling in America. Don't bring it in OZ. mad
  • Smart us says,
    4 years ago
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    its time to brake hands and poke eyes of subaru designers rolleyes sorry just kidding ... not... an average golfer spends most money for new golf clubs instead of getting lessons that would help the game... not to forget subaru is controlled by Toyota - so maybe thats the reason getting poor design treatment rolleyes
  • DMR says,
    4 years ago
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    I think the new face of the liberty looks a lot better. Then again that is faint praise as the current liberty is one of the ugliest cars on the market. When you look at the latest design concept of the liberty wagon, it looks good. However Subaru always manage to lose everything that made a concept look good and are left with ugly ugly cars.
  • DWS1 says,
    4 years ago
    Why did they have to make that fog light surround so big and clunky on the Outback.

    At least the revised head lights look Ok while filling the huge space they have there.

    The Liberty looks like it has a bit of HSV too much-ness about it.
  • CAH says,
    2 years ago
    ???, no manual transmission or LR gear in the petrol models.
    Automatic transmission is rubbish and noisy, constant high pitched whine. Rented 2 different Outbacks for a total of 18 days both transmissions were as described.
    Have owned 12 Subaru models since 1984, all have suited my needs better than any other vehicle, not so the latest model. Subaru has lost the plot and their niche market.
    Also agree with the opinions re: looks & design, "Uglier Than a Hat Full Of A.. H...s"
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