The new Outback promises to be more capable off-road. Picture: Supplied.
The new Outback promises to be more capable off-road. Picture: Supplied.

Subaru unveils next generation Outback SUV

SUBARU has given its popular Outback a turbo boost.

The Japanese brand announced a new 2.4-litre turbo four-cylinder engine would power the new model, which was unveiled at the New York Motor Show.

The sixth-generation Outback, which will debut in Australia towards the end of this year or early next, has also had a cabin overhaul with a large 11.6-inch tablet-style centre touchscreen dominating the dash.

The high-riding wagon, which has been a staple for Subaru for 25 years, has been developed from the brand's new global platform, which debuted on the Impreza.

The new Outback is more refined and more capable off-road. Picture: Supplied.
The new Outback is more refined and more capable off-road. Picture: Supplied.

The new underpinnings promise better refinement and noise suppression, as well as an improved ride and more stable cornering thanks to an all-new suspension. Sound insulated glass will also make the cabin quieter.

The new 2.4-litre turbocharged boxer engine delivers 195kW of power and 375Nm of torque and is likely to be reserved for top-spec XT versions, while the standard engine will be an overhauled version of its naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder putting out 134kW and 239Nm. The maker says nearly 90 per cent of its parts are new. Both engines will be matched to a continuously variable transmission with an eight-speed manual mode controlled by paddle shifters.

The new model will come with turbo power in the US. Pic: Supplied.
The new model will come with turbo power in the US. Pic: Supplied.

The new turbo engine hasn't been confirmed for Australia, but the local operation generally offers most of what is available overseas.

Subaru says the new model is "the safest, most capable Outback ever".

The car will debut the latest version of Subaru's driver assistance technology, including a driver distraction mitigation feature, advanced adaptive cruise control and lane centring.

New for the 2020 model is a front-view monitor, which detects and displays potential blind spots in front of the vehicle on the 11.6-inch display.

A tablet-like screen dominates the dash. Picture: Supplied.
A tablet-like screen dominates the dash. Picture: Supplied.

The Outback promises to be more capable offroad thanks to generous ground clearance of 220mm and the latest version of its X-Mode off-road tech with hill descent control. The maker says the new model will be able to tow up to 1588kg and travel up to 950km on a single tank.

Inside the Subaru will debut a two-tone grey interior, with seats wrapped in a water-resistant material.

More expensive models will have a 10-way power driver's seat and seat warmers in front and back.

The Subaru’s seats are covered in a water resistant material. Picture: Supplied.
The Subaru’s seats are covered in a water resistant material. Picture: Supplied.

Subaru says the new model has improved head, shoulder and legroom in the rear, as well as a larger cargo space, with hands free operation for the tail gate. Up to four USBs and two 12-volt outlets have been fitted.

Pricing details will be released closer to launch.



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