Subaru’s fifth-generation Outback has arrived in Australia, bringing new styling, more features, improved fuel economy - and huge price cuts.
For the new model year, Subaru's all-new Outback SUV wagon will start from $35,990. That marks a $3000 reduction on its own, but savings go as high as $5500 in the middle of the range and a huge $10,000 at the top end.
The savings will be welcome news from any perspective, but particularly to those that would have otherwise looked to the regular Liberty wagon, now gone from the Australian line-up.
Subaru Australia boss Nick Senior predictably predicted a boost in Outback sales in Australia to around 400 per month for the new model, compared with around 205 per month for the outgoing model in the 11 months so far for 2014.
The CVT automatic-only 129kW/235Nm 2.5 litre petrol-powered engine (up 2kW) now has stop-start technology and is 8.8 percent more frugal than before, with a fuel figure of 7.3 l/100km.
This is thanks in part to the new Outback’s ten percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency.
A new active grille is also fitted to 2.5 litre variants, with slats that open and shut as required to aid aerodynamics and improve fuel consumption.
The 110kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbo-diesel unit sees fuel economy improve by five percent in the manual (5.7 l/100km) and 3.1 percent in the CVT auto (6.3 l/100km).
The 191kW/350Nm 3.6 litre engine is now also matched with a CVT automatic only, and is 3.9 percent more efficient with a fuel figure of 9.9 l/100km.
Interior And Exterior Features
Interior features include a new infotainment system with speech recognition, an additional 22 litres in the cargo area and a more spacious cabin with increased shoulder, elbow and hip room.
Doors now open wider for easier passenger access while the tailgate is now powered for the first time, and a new high-strength hanger is incorporated in the cargo area for items such as wetsuits.
The instrument cluster incorporates a 3.5-inch display screen, and interior colour options now include ‘sporty black’ and ‘bright ivory’.
Four-cylinder variants get a six-speaker audio system while 3.6 litre models double this to twelve speakers with Pandora connectivity.
Outside, the new Outback is now 25mm longer at 4815mm, 20mm wider (1840mm) and 25mm higher (1675mm). The wheelbase remains unchanged at 2745mm, and the minimum ground clearance is 213mm.
Subaru describes the Outback’s front styling as “a classic hexagonal grille and hawk eye headlights”, with the ‘hawk eye’ theme continuing in the LED tail lamps.
New alloy wheel designs also feature in 17-inch on the diesel and 18-inch sizes on petrol-powered models, and all Outbacks are equipped with a full-sized, alloy spare wheel.
Body stability and chassis performance are improved, and Subaru promises a better ride quality with less body roll, less road noise and greater straight-line stability.
New safety features include a switchable ‘X-Mode’ all-wheel-drive system for greater control on steep hills and rough roads, along with an improved driver-assist ‘EyeSight’ system in some models.
EyeSight brings new brake-light recognition and pre-collision steering assist functions, along with existing lane-departure and progressive-start control features; and more.
Motivation will continue to come from the trio of Subaru Boxer engines powering the outgoing model, including a pair of four-cylinder engines and the 3.6 litre six-cylinder unit.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- 2.5i CVT - $35,990 (down $3000 / 7.7 percent)
- 2.5i Premium CVT - $41,490 (down $2000 / 4.6 percent)
- 2.0D manual - $35,490 (down $5000 / 12.3 percent)
- 2.0D CVT - $37,490 (down $5500 / 12.8 percent
- 2.0D Premium manual - $41,490 (down $2000 / 4.6 percent)
- 2.0D Premium CVT - $43,490 (down $2500 / 5.4 percent)
- 3.6R - $47,990 (down $10,000, or 17.2 percent)
Subaru’s lifetime capped price servicing program is included, and the Outback comes with a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.
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