Subaru's popular Outback crossover wagon has been updated for 2016, with more standard safety equipment across the range, free map updates for sat nav equipped models and a range of other additions to the car's already generous equipment list.
For the 2016 model year, the entry-level Outback 2.5i and 2.0D gain electric folding mirrors, while the 2.0D also scores dusk-sensing headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.
Integrated daytime running lamps also feature across the Outback range, and a new colour has been added to the palette - Dark Blue Pearl.
Meanwhile all auto-equipped model grades now boast Subaru's EyeSight active safety system - including diesels, for the first time.
The extended availability of EyeSight means all Outback's fitted with an automatic gearbox now have autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, along with adaptive cruise control, collision detection and lane departure warning.
The system is even able to detect when the vehicle in front applies its brakes, enhancing its response to rapidly-slowing traffic.
The high-grade Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R variants gain even more safety gear, with blind sport monitoring, lane change assist, auto-dimming rear view mirrors, high beam assist and rear cross traffic alert becoming standard.
Those models also now get three complimentary map data updates, uploaded every 12 months provided the car is serviced at an authorised Subaru service centre.
The Outback's mechanical package is unaltered for 2016, with the range powered by three engines - a 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated petrol four, a 2.0 litre turbodiesel four and a 3.6 litre naturally-aspirated petrol six-cylinder, all featuring Subaru's signature horizontally-opposed cylinder format.
All Outbacks take drive to all four wheels via a permanent all-wheel-drive driveline, though the 2.0D and 2.0D Premium are the only models to offer a choice of transmission - either a six-speed manual, or a continuously-variable automatic (CVT). All petrol models are CVT-only.
The base 2.5 litre petrol makes 129kW of power at 5800rpm and 235Nm of torque at 4000rpm and consumes an average of 7.3 l/100km.
Step up into the 2.0D and power drops to 110kW at 3600rpm, but torque skyrockets to 350Nm between 1600-2800rpm. Fuel economy also improves, with the Outback diesel drinking a claimed average of 5.7 l/100km as a manual or 6.3 l/100km as an automatic.
The range-topping 3.6R is the thirstiest with its combined average figure of 9.9 l/100km, but is also the most powerful with 191kW and 350Nm.
All Outbacks ride on MacPherson strut front and double-wishbone rear suspension with ventilated disc brakes at each corner, while 18-inch alloys are the standard wheel package for all models bar the base Outback 2.0D - which receives 17-inch alloys instead.
The current-generation Outback has been a sales success for Subaru Asutralia, with sales increasing by 345 percent last year.
Overall Outback volume for 2016 was 10,927 cars delivered, putting it in fourth place in the large SUV segment behind powerful players like the Toyota Prado, Kluger and Jeep Grand Cherokee - despite being more station wagon than traditional SUV.
Subaru expects the updated 2016 model to continue on this trajectory, but due to its extra equipment there are price rises for most models.
The entry-level Outback 2.5i is the only grade to escape a price increase, with all others increasing in retail price by between $500 (Outback 3.6R, Outback 2.5i Premium) and $1500 (Outback 2.0D Premium manual and CVT)
- Subaru Outback 2.5i CVT - $35,990
- Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium CVT - $41,990
- Subaru Outback 2.0D manual - $36,490
- Subaru Outback 2.0D CVT -$38,490
- Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium manual - $42,990
- Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium CVT - $44,990
- Subaru Outback 3.6R - $48,490
All prices do not include on-road costs.
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