Friday, 23 August, 2019

Subaru Outback First Look: 100-Percent New?

New-gen 2020 Subaru Outback carries on its rugged legacy - Autoblog 2020 Subaru Outback adds turbo and huge touchscreen to fan-favorite
Ginger Lawrence | 18 April, 2019, 18:00

Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology is now standard, and Outback is equipped for the first time in the USA with a Lane Centering Function.

All Outback models are equipped with Subaru's EyeSight system, a suite of advanced safety and driver assist systems.

Subaru's lifted wagon is back for more with the introduction of the 2020 Outback-the sixth generation of one of Subaru's mainstay family vehicles.

Subaru has been moving to upgrade its interiors over the last several years and, with the 2020 Outback, is adding a new premium-grade model, the Onyx Edition. Subaru also expects the improvement in front and side crash absorption to help the Outback bring home top safety scores. Subaru unveiled the all-new SUV/Crossover in front of a National Park Foundation display at the New York Auto Show showing customers it's the most rugged Outback ever launched by the brand. Still sharing the same underpinnings as the latest version of the Subaru Legacy line, the new Outback is expected to become one of Subaru's first models to be electrified during a life cycle that will take it into the middle of the next decade.

Inside the cabin, Subaru fine-tunes soundproofing for a quieter, more enjoyable ride while increasing rear passenger head, shoulder and leg room.

The Outback will be offered with a 2.5-litre boxer engine producing 180bhp as standard, but the new range-topping XT trim models will use the more powerful turbocharged unit. This new touchscreen runs an updated version of the automaker's Starlink infotainment system, with optional TomTom-based navigation and a new app called Chimani (which kind of sounds like a granola-based snack), which gives detailed information about all 417 national parks in the USA - how appropriately Subaru.

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If you own a PSVR headset, it'll work with the new system too-although there's likely to be a new headset released eventually. For now, it's believed that Sony unveiled their first details regarding the system because they'll not be attending E3 2019.

All Outbacks come standard with permanent symmetrical all-wheel drive and a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) that offer an "eight-speed" manual mode and paddle shifters. In addition, fuel economy is estimated at 26/33 mpg city/highway for the 2.5-liter and 23/30 mpg city/highway for the turbo. Blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert are optional, as is steering-responsive lighting.

Bringing out some facts and figures, the Outback offers up to 2,143 litres (75.7 cubic feet) of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded down. That gets black finish exterior trim and special, matching 18-inch alloy wheels.

Cloth upholstery covers the seats in base and Premium trims, while the Onyx Edition comes with water-resistant synthetic leather, Limiteds are dressed in real leather, and Tourings come with softer nappa hides. Touring trim gets ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Subaru upsizes infotainment with a new 11.6-in tablet-style HD touch display standard on all but the Base trim. Up to four USB ports and two 12V outlets are available. If you wish, there's an 11.6-inch touchscreen that's available for an extra cost.

Pricing has not been announced yet for the new wagon-slash-crossover, but the 2020 Outback will be on sale in the fall.