Subaru has wheeled out a number of upgrades for its Liberty mid-sizer, with the popular sedan (which currently sits in third place in the segment, behind the Toyota Camry and Mazda6) scoring new safety gear and suspension refinements.
The 2.5i Premium and 3.6R models now get the Vision Assist package as standard, which brings blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, high beam assist and rear cross traffic alert.
All models also receive an Emergency Stop Signal feature, which flashes the hazard lights automatically after an emergency stop to warn vehicles travelling behind. The 2.5i also picks up electric folding wing mirrors, which are already standard on the higher grades.
That's in addition to the active safety features offerd by Subaru's EyeSight system, which is standard on all models and features active cruise control, autonomous braking, lane departure warning and collision detection, among other features.
The 2.5i Premium and 3.6R also get three years of free map upgrades as well, provided the car is serviced at an authorised Subaru service centre during that period.
Engines and drivelines remain the same, with a 129kW/235Nm 2.5 litre petrol flat four in the Liberty 2.5i and 2.5i Premium and a 191kW/350Nm petrol flat six in the Liberty 3.6R.
All Liberty models take power to all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission, and fuel economy is listed at 7.3 l/100km for the 2.5i and 9.9 l/100km for the 3.6R
But what has changed is the suspension, which has been retuned on local roads to improve suppression of noise and vibration, lift ride comfort and reduct body roll and pitch. The Liberty's suspension remains a MacPherson strut front, double A-arm rear arrangement, but the damper valving is new for 2016.
With specification levels remaining almost unchanged for the base model Liberty 2.5i, the price of entry to the Liberty range remains unchanged at $29,990.
With the Vision Assist suite of safety tech now standard on the 2.5i Premium and 3.6R, a price increase of $500 applies to those models.
- Subaru Liberty 2.5i - $29,990
- Subaru Liberty 2.5i Premium - $35,990
- Subaru Liberty 3.6R - $42,490
All prices do not include on-road costs
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