Subaru Australia has introduced a new high-riding variant to its Liberty line-up, previewed earlier this year through an update to the brand's US-market range.
Known here as the Liberty X, the new sedan variant sits 200mm off the ground - 50mm higher than the regular model, and just 13mm short of the Liberty-based Outback wagon.
Available in four-cylinder 2.5X and six-cylinder 3.6X form, the new Liberty X range brings improved access through its higher hip point, and a strong suite of standard features.
“The ease of entry and exit of our SUVs has always been a key selling point and we have now been able to incorporate this into a sedan, for those who prefer that body style," Subaru Australia boss Nick Senior said.
Standard with both cars are Subarus' EyeSight collision avoidance system, a reversing camera, automatic lights and wipers, wiper de-icers, colour multi-function display, heated front seats, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, sunroof, smart key and push-button start, McIntosh audio.
There's also leather trim, powered front seats with memory for the driver's seat, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, and sports side sills.
The top-shelf 3.6X also gets SI-Drive driving modes, chrome door hands and boot garnish, gunmetal finish to the alloy wheels and unique door and dash trim highlights.
Inside changes will include a black metal look to the centre stack, centre console and steering switch panel, and the the electronic park brake and SI-Drive switches have been repositioned for easier use.
The Liberty 2.5X is equipped with Subaru's Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission, while the 3.6X gets a five-speed automatic.
Subaru says it will reveal details of the regular 2013 Liberty line-up later this year.
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- Liberty 2.5X - $44,490
- Liberty 3.6X - $55,990
Note: prices exclude on-road costs.