Shown in a single teaser image, the US-specification Subaru Outback shares much with the Subaru Levorg wagon concept – first seen at the 2013 Tokyo motor show – including its three-slatted grille, headlights, bonnet creases and wing mirrors.
The Outback's bonnet, however, doesn't feature the Levorg's bonnet scoop, indicating the US-spec variant will miss out on one of the Tokyo concept's 1.6- or 2.0-litre turbocharged direct fuel injection ‘boxer’ four-cylinder engines.
And while the Levorg remains on the local division's wish list, Subaru Australia has confirmed the all-wheel-drive Outback will launch locally in early 2015, promising to blend "car-like handling and SUV capability".
With an engine line-up comprising a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder, a 2.0-litre trubo-diesel four-cylinder and a naturally aspirated 3.6-litre six-cylinder, the current Liberty-based fifth-gen Subaru Outback (pictured below) starts at $38,990 and has been on sale in Australia since 2009.
The 2014 New York auto show begins on April 16.