Subaru is giving its Outback family wagon a facelift along with a number of technology upgrades. Mildly revised styling includes a re-worked front bumper, headlights, wing mirrors and wheel patterns, but stays true to the Outback formula. While inside a fresh steering wheel, airconditioning vents and additional stitching on the instrument panel round out the changes.
Technology-wise the Outback's infotainment system – 6.5-inches in 2.5i and 2.0D models and 8.0-inch in higher 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R grades - is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2.5i and 2.0D models don't score factory-fitted navigation.
Again only the top three variants receive upgraded safety kit which front and side view parking monitor and adaptive anti-glare high beam.
Every model does, however, feature the brand's third-generation EyeSight technology which has been upgraded to now include lane keep assist, which has been added to other features like autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control among other features.
Subaru has also tweaked its 2.5-litre petrol engine along with its suspension and CVT auto to help improve driver comfort by reducing noise and body roll and improve responsiveness.
Power outputs for the three engine choices remain the same, with the 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol model producing 129kW and 235Nm, while the 3.6-litre six-cylinder petrol unit from the 3.6R pumps out 191kW and 350Nm and the 2.0-litre diesel four-pot produces 110kW and 350Nm.
All models are available with a CVT automatic transmission only, Subaru has dropped the manual transmission from the range with this update.
Prices for the base Outback 2.5i and 2.0D remain the same as the 2017 model at $36,240 and $38,740 before on-road costs respectively.
The three other models in the range copped a mild price with the 2.5i Premium now costs $42,640, while the 2.0D Premium is priced from $45,640 and the sport 3.6R will set buyers back $49,140.
2018 Subaru Outback prices*
Outback 2.5i - $36,240
Outback 2.5i Premium - $42,640
Outback 3.6R - $49,140
Outback 2.0D - $38,740
Outback 2.0D Premium - $45,640
*All prices exclude on-road costs
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