Subaru has launched its fifth generation 2015 Outback with a suite of new technology, refreshed styling, upgraded interior and more efficient engines.
Priced from $35,990 for the Outback 2.5i CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), the new range is up to 17.2 per cent cheaper than the superseded model.
The new car is 25mm longer, 20mm wider and 25mm taller, resulting in a more spacious cabin despite its wheelbase remaining at 2,745mm. It features Subaru’s hexagonal grille and “hawk eye” headlights that integrate with the bodylines for a cleaner look.
The rear wrap-around LED lights also draw on the hawk eye theme for a more integrated visual presence.
New to the Outback is the X-Mode feature that enhances driver safety and confidence on steep hills off-road. Other innovations include the active grille shutter incorporated into the lower front air dams of Outback 2.5i variants. It closes when driving to reduce resistance and improve aerodynamic efficiency.
Every new Outback variant is equipped with Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight driver assist system, which can now see and interpret brake lights to help avoid accidents or reduce impact. This is backup by a 5-star ANCAP crash rating.
All Outbacks are more efficient too – the 129kW/235Nm 2.5-litre variants have reduced fuel consumption by 8.8 per cent in the combined cycle (7.3L/100km) and emissions by 9.7 per cent.
The 110kW/350Nm 2.0 diesel manual is 5.0 per cent more efficient in the combined cycle (5.7L/100km) and produces 6.3 per cent lower emissions, the 2.0 diesel auto is 3.1 per cent more efficient (6.3L/100km) and produces 4.1 per cent lower emissions.
Finally, the 191kW/350Nm 3.6-litre variants are 3.9 per cent more efficient in the combined cycle (9.9L/100km) and have 5.0 per cent lower emissions.
All 2.5i variants get Automatic Stop/Start that shuts off the engine during idle. Fuel efficiency is also aided by a 10 per cent improvement in aerodynamic
A CVT is now mated with the 3.6-litre engine, replacing the old 5-speed and drives all four wheels via Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
Feature wise, a powered tailgate, Pandora connectivity, auto wipers and lights and LED headlights (low-beam) are now standard on the 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R variants, while a 12-speaker Harman Kardon system is standard on the 3.6R (six-speaker system on the rest).
The 2015 Subaru Outback is available in Crystal White Pearl, Platinum Gray Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Lapis Blue Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Venetian Red Pearl and Deep Sea Blue Pearl.
All models get a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that operates like a smartphone, with pinching and sliding action.
The Outback 2.0D has 17-inch wheels while all other variants get 18-inch, all with full-sized spares.
|Model||Price (Excl. on-roads):|
|Outback 2.5i CVT||$35,990 (-$3,000)|
|Outback 2.5i Premium CVT||$41,490 (-$2,000)|
|Outback 2.0D Manual||$35,490 (-$5,000)|
|Outback 2.0D CVT||$37,490 (-$5,500)|
|Outback 2.0D Premium Manual||$41,490 (-$2,000)|
|Outback 2.0D Premium CVT||$43,490 (-$2,500)|
|Outback 3.6R||$47,990 (-$10,000)|