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by Tim Beissmann

The 2013 Subaru Liberty Exiga is now on sale in Australia, with the mid-sized wagon finally adding the long-absent seventh seat while retaining its existing prices.

Subaru Australia previously offered the Liberty Exiga as a six-seater in 2+2+2 configuration as it was only available from the factory with a lap seatbelt in the second-row middle position – a feature that would have compromised the car’s five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Now standard in 2+3+2 form, the Subaru Liberty Exiga gets lap-sash seatbelts in all seating positions, as well as three sets of child-seat anchor points.

The introduction of the seventh seat is part of a modest 2013 model year update that also brings revised door mirrors and a new 17-inch alloy wheel design to the range-topping Premium variant.

The entry-level Subaru Liberty Exiga starts at $37,990 before on-road costs while the Premium variant is $42,490.

The upgrade comes just six months after Subaru Australia launched the 2012 model year Liberty Exiga, which introduced a reversing camera and steering wheel-mounted controls for Bluetooth, voice command and AUX/USB functions to the base model, and automatic headlights across the range.

The Subaru Liberty Exiga is powered by a 123kW/229Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder ‘Boxer’ engine and is teamed exclusively with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).




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