The all-new Liberty sedan (it's only available as a sedan, this time around, with the new Outback filling the role of mid-size wagon for the Japanese brand) is expected to go on sale from 1 January 2015, and Subaru has published full detailed specifications for the three-model range ahead of time. Pricing, however, has not been revealed.
As CarAdvice has previously reported, all models in the range will be offered with the company's EyeSight forward collision prevention system, which means the mid-sized rival to the Volkswagen Passat and Mazda 6 will have Pre-Collision Braking (auto low-speed braking), a new Pre-Collision Steering Assist (auto low-speed obstacle avoidance) system, lane-sway and departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.
The model line-up starts with the 2.5i, which, as you'd expect, is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder 'boxer' engine. Power outputs are yet to be confirmed, though it is expected to offer 129kW of power and 235Nm of torque. All Liberty models are offered with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) as standard, and power is sent to all four wheels via the brand's symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
Fuel use is yet to be confirmed, though documents seen by CarAdvice suggest the new Liberty 2.5-litre model will sip 7.9L/100km. All four-cylinder Liberty models have engine stop-start as standard.
Along with EyeSight technology the 2.5i has plenty of standard kit, including a touchscreen media system with reverse-view camera, auto headlights, auto wipers, fog-lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and the company's SI-Drive multimode driving system that allows the car to run in Intelligent (fuel-efficient), Sport (quick) and Sport# (sport sharp, fastest throttle and mimicked shift speed - only for the top-end 3.6R).
The next model up the range is the 2.5i Premium, which builds on the 2.5i's goodies by adding leather-accented seats, power adjustable front seats, Pandora music streaming capability, satellite navigation, push-button start, power folding side mirrors, LED headlights and a sunroof.
The top-end model is the 3.6R. It's powered by a 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer engine produces 190kW of power and 335Nm of torque. It misses out on engine stop-start, and is tipped to have fuel consumption above 10.0L/100km.
Being the range-topper, the 3.6R gets even more gear than the 2.5i Premium, including heated front seats and a harman kardon stereo system with 12 speakers.
All Liberty models come with a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, 12 months roadside assistance, and Subaru's capped price servicing program.
Stay tuned for pricing details and our first local drive review of the new Subaru Liberty sedan range in the coming weeks.