The high-riding Subaru Liberty X sedan has been launched in Australia, providing buyers with a mid-sized sedan with SUV-like ground clearance.

The Subaru Liberty X, confirmed back in April, is only available as a sedan, with the $44,490 123kW/229Nm Subaru Liberty 2.5X paired exclusively with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and the $55,990 191kW/350Nm Liberty 3.6X only fitted with a five-speed automatic transmission.

The 2013 Subaru Liberty X sees a newly designed grille and front bumper, new side skirts, a tweaked rear bumper and new silver 18-inch alloy wheels (gunmetal on 3.6X) along with the extra 50mm of ground clearance, now totalling 200mm – only 13mm off the Subaru Outback.

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Both models feature Subaru’s ‘EyeSight’ driver assist system along with a reversing camera, leather trim with heated front seats, satellite navigation, auto lights and wipers, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

The Liberty 3.6X also gains chrome door handles and a chrome boot garnish, unique door and dashboard trim details for the interior and SI-Drive – making switching between three different driving modes possible.

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Explaining the addition of a raised sedan from a brand synonymous with higher-riding SUV platforms, Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior said, “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.”

The rest of the updated 2013 Subaru Liberty line-up will be revealed later this year.

  • horsie

    Great idea !

    • Henry Toussaint

       It’s the greatest Idea since seat belts! Not……………..Why would want to make this uglier?

      • Dominique Vøn Hütch

        Not prepared to give Subie credit for at least providing something different monsieur toussaint!

  • Noddy of Toyland

    Most pointless car of the year. Less room and ground clearance than the wagon Outback, and side skirts further reducing the ground clearance and don’t add to the look.


    Subaru Aus needs to stop the milking and drop the price by $15,000. The Liberty is below the Accord/Camry and is cheaper than these 2 else where in the world.

  • teslakite

    This thing rides so high it’ll never be able to run children over. You could have a picnic underneath it during rainy days. Subaru have it SAFE.

  • Sonic

    They raised the suspension? For Subaru, isn’t that worthy of giving this car an entirely new nameplate (ie: Impreza, XV)?

  • Lp876

    LOL… they did the impossible… they made it uglier!!!

  • Guest

    same concept as the alltrack audis/ vws? theyre all useless

    • Legnab

      No, audi’s/vw’s  look good , this is plain ugly . and the germans dont do sedans on stilts.

  • GIG

    Speechless…Speechless…That’s how you make me feel…

  • Wile E Coyote

    Hope it catches on .

    Good motoring includes uncontrollable  outbursts of laughter.Imagine the Ssyong  Stavic as an elevated sedan.