Subaru has introduced its new 6th-generation Outback station wagon at the New York Auto Show.
Sadly, station wagons are not so popular in South Africa but the Outback has soldiered on regardless in a market that has turned its attention to crossovers and SUVs. The Outback, however, remains a practical choice and now a new Outback has been revealed.
It’s built on the Subaru Global Platform and while it has a familiar but more chiselled look, this is an all new-vehicle. It’s stiffer and safer than ever before and Subaru says that the new Outback’s body absorbs up to 40% more energy in a front-side crash. 8 airbags are fitted as standard as is Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology which now offers advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering. Subaru has also adopted various sound-deadening strategies to create a quieter cabin and improved comfort levels as a result.
The new Outback adopts a sharper look and remains as practical as ever.
In terms of engines, the new Subaru Outback will be offered with either a turbocharged 2.4-litre Boxer engine with 194 kW and 376 Nm of torque or a revised naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre engine offering 136 kW and 239 Nm of torque, which is slightly more powerful than the outgoing unit (129 kW/235 Nm).
All Outbacks are mated with a CVT which features an 8-speed manual mode and steering-mounted paddle shifters. Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard.
The Outback is also fitted with an all-new suspension system which is said to be lighter and more responsive. MacPherson struts with a new internal rebound spring, aluminum L-arms and 23 mm hollow stabiliser bar is found up front while a double-wishbone setup with a subframe, coil springs, and 19 mm stabiliser bar is fitted to the rear.
A large infotainment touchscreen and a host of comfort and convenience features are offered on the new Outback.
The new Outback is fitted with an 11.6-inch tablet-style StarLink infotainment system and central information display for the driver. The infotainment system is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is also on offer.
Added comfort is provided by 10-way electric front seats with heating and cooling functions and while rear passenger space has increased, the Outback can also be equipped with up to 4 USB ports and 2 12 V DC power sockets. As you would expect, luggage space remains generous and the tailgate now opens automatically by waving in front of the Subaru badge on the centre of the tailgate while a new single-touch lifting cargo cover is also a new feature.
Subaru SA has stated that the new Outback will take at least a year to reach South Africa (Q2 2020) but its exact arrival will be confirmed in due course.