2015 SUBARU OUTBACK
As always, the Outback builds on the look and architecture of the Liberty, adding jacked-up suspension and a more 'ruggedised' body package.
The new Outback is a larger proposition than its predecessor however, growing in length by about 15mm and in width by 18mm.
It also sits higher, with 221mm of ground clearance - bettering many rival SUVs - compared to 213mm for the outgoing model.
In all, the new Outback measures 4817mm long, 1840mm wide and 1680mm tall, riding on a 2745mm wheelbase.
Like the Liberty, Subaru has pushed the A-pillar forward in the new Outback by around 5cm, adding a more raked look and an additional corner window in the base.
Shown here in US market trim, the Outback’s engine options will include a 130kW/236Nm 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine and Subaru’s larger 3.6 litre six that offers 191kW and 335Nm.
Both models are equipped with all-wheel-drive and a CVT transmission, with the more powerful model getting a high torque-compatible version of the auto shifter.
As an Outback, of course, the new model gets a more rugged look than the Liberty, including hard plastic guards and skid plates at both ends.
What About The Liberty Wagon?
This time around, Subaru is expected to offer the high-riding SUV as the line’s only wagon option.
For now, however, the company has yet to offer any official word on a Liberty wagon for the future, suggesting it will first watch the market’s response to the sedan and Outback-only approach.
Likewise, the Levorg is known to be under consideration for a wider global launch - including Australia - but the carmaker has yet to make a decision.