Subaru is working on a refreshed version of the company’s fifth-generation Outback – the company’s “outstanding performers” in 2015 – to build positive model sales milestones.
An all-new Outback record number – 10,927 – was sold last year. bringing it to the fourth position in the very large size SUV segment after Toyota Prado, Kluger and Jeep Cherokee.
Senior Nick, Senior Nick, said: “Customers value the safety, design, value for money, prestige, reliability and dynamics on the road of Outback as the key factors in the purchase of surname”.
The new job, aimed at strengthening Outback’s success, comes with a host of extra features, not the least of which is a range of safety technologies. EyeSight active safety system first appeared in diesel Outback. Previously only gasoline, this system is now standard for all manual versions of diesel engines.
The EyeSight system has also been expanded to include new Vision Assistant features. These include blind spot monitoring, lane guidance, auto-dimming rearview mirrors and high beam, and rear traffic warning.
Other main functions of EyeSight include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, Pre-Collision Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Front Start Warning.
Another safety addition is the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), which detects emergency braking situations and automatically flashes dangerous lights, to alert the following vehicles.
There is a real feeling of improved quality for everything inside; leather trimmings and more.
Prices have increased from $ 500 to $ 1500 on most Outback variants, along with some detailed changes.
These include a three-year free map update on the satnav Premium and 3.6R Outback variants, a new Dark Blue Pearl paint option, new grille insert on Premium and 3.6R Outback, an electric folding mirror on Base Outback variants and Diesel Outback brackets now have automatic headlamps and wipers, aligning it with the base petrol version.
The Outback range includes Outback 2.5i CVT, Outback 2.5i Premium CVT, Outback 2.0D guide, Outback 2.0D CVT, Outback 2.0D Premium manual, CVT Premium Outback 2.0D and Outback 3.6R.
We drove the Outback 2.0D Premium (CVT) when it debuted in Australia, and its fit and finish are cool and appealing to something of this ilk. There is a real feeling of improved quality for everything inside; leather trimmings and more. The MY15 interior is a taller layer than anything that has been done before in the Outback and has been ported to this rejuvenating version: the soft touch surfaces around, nicely designed and easy to be comfortable. It’s not luxurious, but it is not – it’s a remote area.
Electric leather seats are heated, and there is also an electric sunroof.
The control panel and multimedia touch screen system are both easy to see and use and integrate very well.
Outback has a good balance between looking solid enough to handle log traces and ‘hip’ enough to solve Paddington.
There is plenty of room for five adults – with plenty of legroom in the second row – and plenty of storage.
The boot is big enough to swallow 512 liters of your device; with seats reduced to 1801 liters. In the previous generation, Subaru actually brought the input of family travelers on board and put it into the mix.
Visibility is king at the best time but even more so when you go up and down bushes, slippery bushes in the rain: you want to see potholes, obstacles and kangaroos before you hit them. And the Outback has good driver visibility and is really covered. The view was excellent with thin pillars and open glass every way.
On the outside, the Outback has a nice balance between the look sturdy enough to handle log trails and ‘hip’ enough to tackle Paddington; We think it can do both easily. It sits as low as a car but has the presence of a hot-tempered SUV without that typical bulky bulkiness.
Outback is 4815mm (length), 1840mm (width), 1675mm (height) with a wheelbase of 2745mm. For those who want to go off the road (a bit), it has a respectable minimum ground clearance of 213mm. It rides on 18-inch alloys and has a full size alloy spare.
On the road
This Outback’s 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine – producing 110kW @ 3600rpm and 350Nm @ 1600rpm – is partnered with linear CVT.
From the outset, it is a more vivid drive than the previous generation diesel. It still has no missiles, but it can escape the track without too much curse from the driver.
The steering is sharp for something aimed at city-country center.
The view is great: there are heaps behind, there are no blind spots.