President and CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru’s parent , Mr Mori said that since its launch in 1994 the Outback has earned a solid reputation as a unique crossover vehicle that blends the refined comfort, handling and convenience of a passenger car with the rugged off-road capability and versatility of an SUV.
He told the reveal press conference that distinguished by crisp new styling, the fourth-generation Outback features a roomier cabin and an expanded luggage/cargo compartment.
“With the introduction of an all new chassis and the new Subaru Lineartronic™ CVT (continuously variable transmission), the new Outback delivers enhanced performance, comfort and environmental considerations.
“From its reputation for reliability and driveability to higher fuel efficiency by Subaru’s advanced technologies, the Outback offers its occupants new levels of on- and off-road peace of mind,” Mr Mori said.
Subaru says the the new Outback has a greater road presence. Subaru engineers now offer occupants the roomiest cabin and cargo area and a more comfortable ride, and enhancements to conveniences that have characterized all of the Outback’s generations.
• The new Outback is 50 mm wider and 105 mm higher than the previous model, and with ground clearance increased to 220 mm and a wider track, the vehicle projects a greater road presence. Front and rear overhang dimensions have been shortened by 90 mm and overall length by 20mm, but wheelbase has been increased by 70mm, which allows for greater rear seat legroom.
• Access to the rear cargo area is facilitated by a wide aperture rear hatch. Maximum cargo capacity has been increased and now provides easy accommodation of four large suitcases.
For the US market improved Boxer engines that provide outstanding fuel economy power the new Outback.
Two engine types are available in the US market. Outback 2.5i, with a 2.5-litre engine that produces 127kW at 5600rpm and 231Nm at 4000rpm through a six-speed manual or a Lineartronic™ CVT.
The second model is Outback 3.6R, with a 3.6-litre engine producing 191kW at 6000rpm and 335Nm at 4400rpm, through a five-speed automatic.
Australian market details will be released later in the year.