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by George Skentzos

The new generation Subaru Liberty and Outback have been unveiled in Japan, following the debut of the North American version last month.

Subaru has confirmed that the Australian versions will be based on the Japanese market vehicles, meaning this is our first glimpse of what we should come to expect in September when the local models arrive.

The Subaru Liberty will continue to be offered in both sedan and wagon variants alongside the Outback, coupled with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as expected.

2009 Subaru Liberty and Outback revealed

“New Liberty and Outback are stronger, more spacious and even safer than the current cars.” said Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia

“They also adopt the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Concept that’s been so successfully applied to new generation Impreza and Forester, producing a great drive. Both models have proved their customer appeal by achieving record sales.

An efficient Lineartonic Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT) will be available for all new models, coupled with a six-cylinder 3.6-litre engine – the biggest yet for both Liberty and Outback.

2009 Subaru Liberty and Outback revealed

Safety has been enhanced with the addition of knee airbags, with Subaru confident both cars will achieve strong five-star occupant safety ratings when tested locally by the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

Rain sensing windscreen wipers and auto on/off headlights have also been included along with push button start options and a reversing camera with factory-fitted SatNav options.

2009 Subaru Liberty and Outback revealed

Pricing and full specifications for the new generation Subaru Liberty and Outback will be announced closer to the local launch in September.

Subaru Australia has also confirmed it will launch the six-speed manual Outback diesel in November.




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