2015 Subaru Outback Bound For New York Auto Show: Report

Mike Stevens | Feb 11, 2014

2015 SUBARU OUTBACK

Recent reports suggest Subaru will no longer offer a wagon version of its Liberty midsizer, revealed last week in its new sixth-generation sedan body.

Instead, it is believed that Subaru will direct wagon drivers to options either side of the Liberty: the smaller Levorg, and a new version of the high-riding Outback.

(Although reports elsewhere suggest this is specific to the US market only, with others - including Australia - still likely to see a new Liberty wagon.)

Historically, the Outback has been a jacked-up and ruggedised Liberty wagon, but if reports of that model’s demise prove true, we could soon see a markedly different look to the Outback.

We might also expect a bigger Outback than ever before, possibly replacing the Exiga and Tribeca in a consolidated new Subaru line-up.

News last year of the Tribeca’s retirement brought confirmation that Subaru will return to the seven-seat SUV market - although that announcement had a ring of “eventually” to it, and there’s no guarantee the next Outback is that new model.

We could know sooner rather than later what Subaru is planning for the Outback, with reports this week suggesting a debut at April’s New York Auto Show is on the cards.

If nothing else, we can likely expect the new Outback to utilise the 2014 Liberty’s platform, along with its 2.5 and 3.6 litre boxer engines and CVT automatic transmission.

Subaru's stylish new Levorg wagon.
Subaru's stylish new Levorg wagon.

Subaru is also unlikely to stray far from its updated styling language, introduced with the new WRX and Levorg models and again last week with the new Liberty.

Expect the usual enhancements, though: a taller ride height and a body clad in bash guards and scuff panels.

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Above: the Tribeca is gone - could a new Outback replace it?
Above: the Tribeca is gone - could a new Outback replace it?

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  • Grumps
    Grumps says,
    2 months ago
    Would not be surprised if the Outback became the new Tribeca as they have been getting bigger with each new model.

    The current Outback is huge compared to the original 1996 model.
  • Mark says,
    2 months ago
    A friend of mine had a '96 Outback and had really liked it. The only problem he experienced was the front end sometimes bottoming out, as it's snout was a bit too long.
  • Hammer says,
    2 months ago
    What are the exterior designers at Subaru smoking these days? or could it be a bad batch of Sake perhaps?

    The Liberty have gone from a true alternative to the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, to something that even Kia can out design in the looks department.

    Snap out of it Subaru, before you destroy your brand equity.
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      2 months ago
      The Liberty have gone from a true alternative to the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, to something that even Kia can out design in the looks department.


      That's the truth. fourth gen Liberty was frickin gorgeous inside and out. It's aged beautifully too.

      What happened Subaru???

  • dane says,
    2 months ago
    Subaru sack your design department and hire some of the Australian designers who will not have a job soon. Your cars look awful and they are getting worse. Please save our eyes from cars like that Levorg wagon and the Outback.
  • donk1 says,
    15 days ago
    Looks like the new Outback for Australia may be a petrol only proposition. It appears that a diesel is not planned for here due to stagnant sales on current diesel versions, and there is also a possibility that the current diesel may be dropped shortly. If it goes, no doubt the Forrester will follow. It's a shame , because currently the CVT/diesel combo is a good choice, but lacklustre sales have pretty well guaranteed it being dropped from the local line-up.

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