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Updated Subaru Outback bows before New York debut


Having already showcased the updated Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show in February, Subaru has nwo unveiled the facelifted Outback in the run-up to next week's New York Auto Show.

Mirroring the changes of its sedan counterpart, the Outback benefits from a wider yet lower hexagonal grille complete with active vent shutters, redesigned C-shaped headlights with daytime running LEDs, new front bumper, LED foglights and reshaped mirrors to reduce wind noise.

Changes underneath the exterior have also been extensive with returned suspension and electric power steering, a shorter, quieter pitch-chain for the standard Lineartronic CVT, added sound denting and new sound-insulating inner glass for the front and side windows.

Comfort and safety tech have also been sharpened up with a 6.5 or eight-inch Starlink infotainment system featuring satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, pre-loaded apps, Bluetooth and dual USB ports, Reverse Automatic Braking, Steering Responsive Headlights, Hill Start Assist and as part of the EyeSight Driver Assist system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection and Lane Keep Assist.

Motive power continues again comes from a 2.5-litre flat-four Boxer engine developing 130 kW and 236 Nm of torque, or a 3.6-litre flat-six with 191 kW and 335 Nm, both connected to a new seven-step CVT. As always, power is transferred to the road via Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system, with Active Torque Vectoring and an X-Mode setting standard.

US-spec model will offer a choice of three trim levels; Premium, Limited and Touring, while Subaru South Africa is only expected to announce final details closer to the Outback's local launch next year.

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