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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Subaru Liberty model year upgrade makes a reversing camera and a full-size alloy spare wheel standard on every five-seat Liberty in Australia.

Subaru Australia says it has added $3000 value to the entry-level Liberty 2.5i while keeping its price unchanged ($32,990 to $36,990 before on-road costs).

Prices of other models have fluctuated between $500 reductions to $3500 increases, depending on the variant. The updates and price changes do not apply to the six-seat Liberty Exiga wagon.

In addition to the alloy spare and camera, the base model 2012 Subaru Liberty 2.5i now comes standard with leather upholstery, rear air vents, eight-way power driver’s seat, electric lumbar support, 4.3-inch LCD screen for audio information and reversing camera images, and a USB input.

The Liberty 2.5i Premium and Sports Premium models now come equipped with a reversing camera and satellite navigation.

The top-spec 3.6R Premium becomes the first Australian Liberty variant to offer Subaru’s ‘Eyesight’ safety system as standard. Eyesight incorporates a number of high-tech anticipatory safety programs, including autonomous braking and brake assist, throttle management (useful, for example, when Drive is selected instead of Reverse), adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, vehicle sway warning, and lead vehicle start alert.

Subaru’s Eyesight can avoid a collision with another car without input from the driver at speeds of up to 30km/h. Subaru Australia has been testing Eyesight for the past 12 months to calibrate it for local conditions.

The Subaru Liberty has endured a difficult 2011, with sales falling 37 per cent between January and November compared with the same 11-month period in 2010 (3634 vs 5764). The Liberty’s share of the sub-$60,000 medium segment has fallen from 10.3 per cent to 6.9 per cent, seeing it slip behind the Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord Euro and the Hyundai i45.

2012 Subaru Liberty manufacturer’s list price (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • 2.5i manual sedan – $32,990 (unchanged)
  • 2.5i CVT sedan – $34,990 (unchanged)
  • 2.5i manual wagon – $34,990 (-$500)
  • 2.5i CVT wagon – $36,990 (-$500)
  • 2.5i Premium CVT sedan – $40,990 (+$2500)
  • 2.5i Premium CVT wagon – $42,990 (+$2000)
  • 2.5i Sports Premium CVT sedan – $45,490 (+$3500)
  • 2.5i Sports Premium CVT wagon – $47,490 (+$3000)
  • 2.5 GT Premium manual sedan – $52,990 (unchanged)
  • 2.5 GT Premium auto sedan – $54,990 (unchanged)
  • 2.5 GT Premium manual wagon – $54,990 (unchanged)
  • 2.5 GT Premium auto wagon – $56,990 (unchanged)
  • 3.6R Premium auto sedan – $53,490 (+$1500)



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