Australian pricing and specifications for the all-new 2021 Subaru Outback have been officially released, with the high-riding wagon picking up some significant new tech and features.
The new-generation model is the first Outback built on Subaru's modular Global Platform, which will ultimately underpin the brand’s entire range (barring the BRZ sports car, which is built in collaboration with Toyota). The Outback will be offered with a choice of three variants, priced between $39,990 and $47,790 plus on-road costs.
All models are powered by a "90 per cent new" 2.5-litre, naturally-aspirated, horizontally-opposed four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 138kW/245Nm (up 9kW/10Nm).
The six-cylinder petrol and four-cylinder turbo-diesel options offered with the outgoing model have been axed. The 194kW/375Nm 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine offered in the US is off-limits for Australia, as is an electrified variant planned for the European market.
All-wheel-drive is standard-fit on all models, as is a CVT automatic transmission with an available eight-step manual mode. Subaru claims a braked towing capacity of 2000kg.
Opening the range is the eponymous 'Outback AWD', priced from $39,990 plus on-road costs – up $2550 over the outgoing, entry-level Outback.
Standard equipment on the 'base' Outback will be headlined by an 11.6-inch portrait infotainment touchscreen, a 4.2-inch driver information display, automatic LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, auto start-stop and a wide array of safety technologies, including autonomous emergency braking, available in both forward and reverse, and offering support for intersections.
Other standard safety technologies include lane-keep assist, lane-centring assist, lane-departure warning, lane change assist, driver attention monitoring, evasive steering assist, speed sign recognition (with a speed limiter), blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Also on offer is a new passenger seat cushion airbag, which in the event of a frontal crash pushes up on the front section of the seat base, preventing the front passenger's waist from moving forward or sliding beneath the seatbelt.
Positioned above the entry-level grade is the Outback AWD Sport, priced from $44,490 plus on-road costs.
The mid-spec variant adds "water-repellent" sports seat trim, heated front and rear outboard seats, front and side parking cameras (projecting a camera feed from the front bumpers and side mirrors respectively), hands-free power-operated tailgate with a memory function, satellite navigation and sports pedals.
Other additional features over the base Outback AWD include black exterior accents (exclusive to the Sport), roof rails with green accents and a dark metallic finish for the 18-inch alloy wheels.
Sitting atop the Australian range is the flagship Outback AWD Touring, priced from $47,790 plus on-road costs.
Additional equipment over the Sport includes nappa leather-accented seat trim, dual-mode memory driver's seat, auto-folding side mirrors with memory, a heated steering wheel, power-operated sunroof, a nine-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system with subwoofer, amplifier and CD player, gloss alloy wheel finish and silver roof rails with integrated, stowable cross bars.
The 2021 Subaru Outback is on sale now.
2021 Subaru Outback Australian pricing
- Outback AWD – $39,990
- Outback AWD Sport – $44,490
- Outback AWD Touring – $47,790
Note: All prices listed above exclude on-road costs, including dealer delivery charges and stamp duty.