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Subaru to introduce new Outback in New York

Front end revisions promote ruggedness, provide better engine breathing

Published: April 6, 2017, 10:00 PM
Updated: April 11, 2017, 5:38 AM

2018 Subaru Outback

Subaru will debut a refreshed Outback, with revised front and rear styling and interior upgrades, at the New York International Auto Show.

2018 Subaru Outback

As with the original some 20 years back, the newest Outback continues to push the rugged exterior while providing enough space for whatever its owners need to take along. The rugged face begins with a deeply sculpted bumper inset with wide lower grille openings. The C-shaped LED driving lights frame the headlights and further accentuate the hexagonal grille. It all adds up to enhanced protection for off-road driving.

The headlights include the new Subaru’s new Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH), which aims the headlights into turns as the car steers into them. And the EyeSight system now includes high-beam assist, which turns high beams on and off in accordance with traffic.

Standard power continues to be supplied by the 2.5-litre horizontally opposed 4-cylinder that puts out 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. Optionally, a 3.6-litre Boxer produces 256 hp and 247 lb-ft. Power is sent to all four wheels via the Lineatronic continuously variable automatic.

Depending on trim level, Outback rides on 17-inch or 18-inch wheels, and features a new tire monitoring system.

2018 Subaru Outback interior

The interior features premium materials, enhanced multimedia system and a new Titanium Gray motif. Subaru’s Starlink comes standard with a 6.5-inch display, which can be optioned up to an 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone like menus and apps. Two microphones also improve voice controls for easier hands-free operation.

Interior space can expand from the standard 1,005 litres behind the rear seats to 2,075 when the split 60/40 seatbacks are folded down (nearly flat). And whatever won’t fit inside can ride on the roof on standard roof rails.