The new line-up promises to be more versatile than ever as the range retains the traditional Boxer-engine power, Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) and Subaru’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive for the ultimate mix of driving comfort, off-road ability and balanced power delivery.
Beating beneath the bonnet is a 2.5-litre Boxer engine, which is equipped with 123kW of power and some 229Nm of torque and while we usually are not fans of the CVT ’box, the one in the Scooby is particularly smooth.
For those who prefer oil-burners, the only Boxer diesel engine in the world can be found in the Subaru Outback Diesel CVT. The low-down torque profile of the turbocharged diesel motor (350Nm) means the Lineartronic transmission turns the driving experience into an economical and comfortable event - it sips just 6.5 litres/100km on the combined cycle.
The rugged explorer among us will find solace in the Outback with its ground clearance of 213mm and Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system, which mean on- and off-road driving is a breeze.
Three variants will be available. The Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Lineartronic, which standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, hard-wearing bumpers and side sills, a sunroof, roof rails, ambient cabin lighting, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a rear-view camera, electric driver’s seat with memory and premium six-speaker sound system with MP3/CD/USB/Aux compatibilities and Bluetooth.
Building on the versatile and capable tone set by the Outback 2.5i, the Outback 2.5i-S Premium Lineartronic realises urban adventure while still exhibiting the important crossover values implied by the Outback badge. With ride height and practicality intact, the sporty model in the range features a number of visual enhancements which lend it a classy look and feel.
Colour coding all-round gives the 2.5i-S a more powerful stance, the front being augmented by dark-painted headlight clusters and a black radiator grille with a strong chrome accent imparting power and aggression. Eighteen-inch gunmetal alloy wheels also increase visual appeal, the look being completed by silver-painted roof rails. Feature upgrades to go with the Sport nomenclature on the inside include carbon-like interior trim and sports alloy pedals.
Also subscribing to the inherent value proposition connoted by the Subaru badge, the range-topping diesel model features specification advantages which include dark-painted 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and push-button starting, innovative roof rails that feature built-in crossbars which can be easily folded across the roof for fitment of a bike rack or roof storage box, contrasting black-painted side skirts and bumper edges and a striking intercooler scoop on the bonnet, along with dark-painted xenon headlight clusters and a black-painted grille.
Across the Outback range, safety remains an important element and the vehicle received a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, which was in part achieved thanks to a host of electronic aids which include ABS, EBD, BAS, Vehicle Dynamics Control and traction control. The Subaru Outback also received the IIHS Top Safety Pick award, something it shares with the rest of the Subaru product offering.
All Subaru Outback models come standard with a 3-year/ 100 000 km warranty. Both the 2.5-litre petrol models feature a 3-year/75 000km maintenance plan while the diesel comes with a 3-year/60 000km maintenance plan.
Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Lineartronic R409 000
Subaru Outback 2.5i-S Premium Lineartronic R419 000
Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium Lineartronic R469 000