2015 Subaru Outback kick starts new year from $35,490
THE 2015 Subaru Outback will come in from the SUV pricing wilderness when launched next year, starting from a super-sharp $35,490 for the entry-level diesel model.
In an aggressive move, Subaru has slashed the sticker figure across its range which also heralds improved looks inside and out.
The 2.0-litre diesel becomes the new price leader, starting from $35,490, while the previous 2.5-litre petrol base model will begin at $35,990 - which is $3k less than its predecessor.
Yet the biggest news comes at the top end of town. The range-topping 3.6R variant is down a whopping $10,000 to $47,990.
Price drops are due to a range of factors, including the upcoming free trade agreement with Japan and a more favourable Australian dollar versus the yen.
All engines have been updated with minor fuel consumption and emissions improvements.
"Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru vehicles, made solid reliability, in any situation, a key focus in Outback's development," Subaru Australia's managing director Nick Senior said.
"We're confident they've more than achieved that and this new car combines cosmopolitan comfort with go-anywhere ability, thanks to tremendous attention to design detail.
"For those that do want to go off the beaten track, Outback has sufficient ground clearance to rival many heavy duty four-wheel drives, while also offering outstanding driver visibility. And, of course, the addition of X-Mode gives even more confidence.
"But Outback is equally at home in the suburbs, where the combination of its Boxer engine, low centre of gravity and AWD powertrain creates stability and on-road handling that betters many passenger cars."
Mr Senior predicts sales of around 400 Outbacks per month - double the current figure.
MY15 Subaru Outback pricing
Outback 2.5i CVT (a) $35,990 (-$3000 on previous model)
Outback 2.5i Premium CVT (a) $41,490 (-$2000)
Outback 2.0D (m) $35,490 (-$5000)
Outback 2.0D CVT (a) $37,490 (-$5500)
Outback 2.0D Premium (m) $41,490 (-$2000)
Outback 2.0D Premium CVT (a) $43,490 (-$2500)
Outback 3.6R (a) $47,990 (-$10,000)