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by Matt Brogan

Update – 2010 Subaru Liberty

Subaru have today announced the European premiere of its new Legacy (sold as Liberty in Australia) and Outback models will take place at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new models show a more evolved look of the current design while also adopting a few new technologies such as Subaru’s new “Lineartronic” CVT automatic transmission, new chassis design with integrated cradle engine mounting system and revamped packaging to afford the cabin more passenger space.

Subaru’s new Boxer Diesel (engine), which was launched last year, will also be available in both models for European consumption along side regular petrol and turbo-petrol offerings.

Engine sizes are as follows with all vehicles to feature Subaru’s highly acclaimed Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive:

  • 2.0-litre petrol (four cylinder)
  • 2.5-litre petrol (four cylinder)
  • 2.5-litre turbo-petrol (four cylinder)
  • 2.0-litre trubo-diesel (four cylinder)

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Other changes to the fifth-generation Legacy include a longer wheel base (65mm for sedan and 55mm for wagon) while the wheelbase on Outback models grows by 80mm.

Legacy dimensions:

  • Sedan: 4730mm (L) x 1780mm (W) x 1505mm (H)
  • Sedan: 2750mm (Wheelbase)
  • Wagon: 4775mm (L) x 1780mm (W) x 1535mm (H)
  • Wagon: 2750mm (Wheelbase)

Fuel efficiency is also said to have improved by as much as 5.9 per cent on sedan models and 6.9 per cent on wagon models when equipped with Subaru’s new CVT transmission.

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The fourth-generation Outback on the other hand receives a redeisgned exterior for “greater presence”, renwed cabin comfort levels and features.

Outback engine sizes are as follows:

  • 2.5-litre petrol (four cylinder)
  • 2.0-litre turbo diesel (four cylinder)
  • 3.6-litre petrol (six cylinder)

Outback dimensions:

  • Wagon: 4775mm (L) x 1820mm (W) x 1605mm (H)
  • Wagon: 2745mm (Wheelbase)



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