Subaru has confirmed that its all-new 2015 Liberty, revealed in February, will hit the Australian market in January.
Arriving in sedan form only, the new Liberty will be joined by the jacked-up Outback wagon later in 2015 as part of the brand’s new ‘sedan + SUV’ strategy.
Fans of conventional wagons may not go without forever, however, with Subaru Australia known to be pressuring the home office for a local launch of the smaller Levorg wagon.
As for the new Liberty, we can expect another increase in size, following the outgoing fifth-generation model’s leap to a 2750mm wheelbase - a significant increase over the fourth generation’s 2670mm base.
For 2015, the Liberty’s wheelbase remains unchanged, but overall length grows from 4735mm in the outgoing model to 4796mm with the new sedan.
Powertrains for the local line-up are still to be confirmed, although we can likely expect the same 130kW/236Nm 2.5 litre four-cylinder and 190kW/335Nm 3.6 litre six-cylinder petrol engines offered in the US.
Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT auto will be the only transmission option, with the high torque-compatible auto mated to the 3.6 litre engine for the first time - replacing the five-speed auto of the previous model.
All-wheel-drive will again be fitted as standard.
The 2015 range will also feature the latest version of Subaru’s Eyesight collision warning and avoidance technology.
First launched with the Liberty in 2011, the Eyesight system uses camera and radar technology to recognise obstacles in the path ahead and take action to avoid a collision.
In its latest incarnation, the system’s features include pre-collision braking and steering assist, adaptive cruise control and a number of improvements to overall performance, logic and camera positioning.
The addition of Eyesight to the Liberty line-up has been an advantage not only to occupant safety, but also owner insurance premiums, with a number of providers offering discounted coverage for suitably equipped models.
Watch for Australian pricing and details of the 2015 Liberty range to be released in December.