The all-new SUV debuting at the New York International Auto Show comes with a suite of driver aids that includes automatic emergency brakes, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, plus a system that uses a camera to detect if the driver isn't watching the road and remind them to do that if they're not. The performance upgrade will be a 2.4-liter boxer four making 260 hp and 277 pound-feet of torque.
Subaru claims that the body structure is 70 percent stiffer, and that it can absorb over 40 percent more energy in front and side crashes.
More exciting is the introduction of multiple XT trims, which come standard with a 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine. Manufacturer's estimated fuel economy is 26/33 mpg city/highway for the 2.5-liter and 23/30 mpg city/highway for the turbo. The new Onyx Edition adds to the Premium trim with a blacked-out exterior and a trim-specific gray two-tone interior with water-repellant StarTex seats.
Subaru says the new model is "the safest, most capable Outback ever".
Dimensionally, the new Outback has grown larger and features a roomier cabin with greater cargo capacity, able to swallow over two cubic metres volume with the rear seats folded flat.
Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist system with Lane Centering Function is standard fit, with systems like DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation system, Front View Monitor, LED Steering Responsive headlights and Reverse Automatic Braking to be optional.
Japanese vehicle manufacturer Subaru has taken the wraps off its sixth-generation Outback estate/wagon. Most Outbacks include a hands-free power tailgate, too.
The rear seat is now more spacious, with rear head, shoulder and leg room enlarged, while USB ports have been increased to four. For sports gear or larger cargo that won't fit in back, the standard roof rails with retractable cross bars provide another convenient option, straight from the factory.
"The result is a rugged and functional design that inspires wanderlust and enables active lifestyles", says the company.
As is the case with the Legacy, the new Outback features the latest-generation STARLINK multimedia interface, which is accessed via an 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen. Inside, the Outback boasts improved materials and fit-and-finish, an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system available across most of the lineup, and more connected services, like the ability to be started remotely through an app.
The Outback isn't Subaru's sales leader - though it's certainly up there there - but it's Subaru's bread-and-butter vehicle. An available 12-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system, with Clari-Fi™ compressed audio restoration technology and GreenEdge™ high-efficiency speakers and amplifier, delivers premium sound.
The Outback has always been a Legacy Wagon with a taller suspension and some extra body cladding, so it's not surprising that the new 2020 model gets numerous same upgrades and improvements as its sedan counterpart.