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Alongside the new Subaru Liberty, the MY10 Outback will also hit the showrooms across the country this week with a new look, more room and many new features.

The crossover wagon, which has found a niche all of its own, the Outback has been the family car that can go anywhere without needing to be an SUV. Subaru have kept the formula relatively similar, only improving on the car’s already respected design philosophy.

Similar to the new liberty, the Outback sees the addition of a variety of new features across the range, such as driver’s knee airbag, which is sure to see it continue the five star safety rating, and a cradle that keeps the engine separate from the reinforced passenger cabin in case of a heavy frontal crash.

MY10 Subaru Outback

At launch there will be two engine choices available, a 2.5-litre and a 3.6-litre, Subaru says a 2.0-litre diesel variant will arrive in November to introduce a whole new market for Subaru.

The biggest complaint with Subaru cars has always been the lack of a good automatic gearbox, however Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru vehicles, has listened and brought out a whole new gearbox called the stepless Lineartronic CVT.

This not only reduces fuel consumption but ensures a smoother ride, and it comes with paddle shifts. A six-speed manual transmission is also available on some variants.

MY10 Subaru Outback

The range starts at $37,990 for the Outback 2.5i and tops out at $55,990 for the Outback Premium with satellite navigation, which means there is no price hike for any variants over the superseded model.

CarAdvice will soon bring you a First Steer and full review of the new Subaru Outback range.

Fuel Economy:

Outback 2.5i manual 8.9L/100km
Outback 2.5i CVT 8.4L/100km
Outback 3.6R 10.3L/100km

Outback 2.5i

Safety

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Automatic transmission lock-out – need foot on brake, key in ignition “on” position, to release electronic parking brake
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Curtain airbags – full length
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual front side airbags
  • Engine cradle – helps isolate the engine from the passenger cabin in heavy crash
  • Fog lights – front
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters. Double pretensioners on driver’s seatbelt
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear bumper reflectors
  • Rear door child lock
  • Seatbelt indicator lights – all seats
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear centre seatbelt
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program

Interior

  • Climate control air conditioning – dual zone
  • Cargo area light
  • Cargo security blind
  • Cup holders
  • Electric parking brake
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather trim gear shift (manual)
  • Lineartronic CVT transmission option
  • Map lights (2)
  • Leather steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons
  • MP3/WMA compatible audio system
  • Multi-function trip computer
  • Paddle shift gear change (auto)
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Rear illumination LED instrument display
  • Rear seats auto fold function
  • Rear seats recline function
  • Remote central locking
  • Remote fuel lid release
  • Seatback storage nets
  • Six-stacker in-dash CD player, MP3/WMA, AUX jack with six speakers
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • Vanity mirrors
  • 60/40 split/fold rear seat

Exterior

  • 17-inch alloy wheels – large steel temporary spare
  • Chrome-surround grille
  • Colour-coded mirrors and door handles
  • Headlights auto off
  • Privacy glass (rear)
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Rear wiper

Other features

  • Auto tailgate unlock on wagon
  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Self-levelling rear suspension
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • 2.5 litre SOHC horizontally opposed boxer engine – 123 Kilowatts of power at 5600 rpm and 229 Newtonmetres of torque at 4000 rpm.

Outback 2.5i Premium adds:

  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather trim
  • Rear air vents

Outback 2.5i Premium with SatNav adds (to 2.5i Premium):

  • Bluetooth compatibility
  • DVD/CD player (single disc)
  • Reversing camera
  • Satellite navigation – factory fitted
  • Three-pin RCA AUX jack

Outback 3.6R adds:

  • Dual exhaust
  • Engine cover
  • Light sensing headlights – auto on/off
  • Rain sensing auto windscreen wipers
  • Rear air vents
  • SI-Drive
  • Smart key access and push button start
  • Six-cylinder engine produces 191 kW of power at 5600 rpm and 350 Nm at 4400 rpm.
  • Wood-type dashboard and door highlights
  • Xenon HID low beam headlights with washers

Outback 3.6R Premium with SatNav adds:

  • Bluetooth compatibility
  • DVD/CD (single disc)
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather trim
  • McIntosh sound system
  • Power driver’s seat – eight-way adjustable – and power lumbar support
  • Power front passenger seat
  • Reversing camera
  • Satellite navigation – factory fitted
  • Three-pin RCA AUX jack

Pricing (all are manufacturer recommended price):

Outback 2.5i manual $37,990
Outback 2.5i Lineartronic CVT automatic $40,490

Outback 2.5i Premium manual $41,490
Outback 2.5i Premium Lineartronic CVT automatic $43,990

Outback 2.5i Premium with SatNav manual $43,990
Outback 2.5i Premium with SatNav Lineartronic CVT automatic $46,490

Outback 3.6R automatic $48,490
Outback 3.6R with SatNav automatic $55,990




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