Crossover SUV laces up with extra tech, turbo energy
The redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback hits the street, path, mountain, river crossing, or middle-of-nowhere in late 2019. Its styling is essentially carried over—assume tall station wagon with chunky roof rack, unpainted facet cladding, and a stack of LED fog lights on most trims. Inside, the upgrades are actually a much bigger story because of a vertical 11.6-inch touchscreen for infotainment and local weather controls on most trim ranges that takes up appreciable dashboard actual property.
Underhood, the 2020 Outback retains a 2.5-liter flat-Four rated at 182 hp in base, Premium, Restricted, and Touring trims. Go for the brand new 2.4-liter, 260-hp turbo-Four and Subaru slaps an XT badge to the tailgate of recent Onyx Version, Restricted, and Touring trims.
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A turbocharged Outback XT is nothing new, however Subaru hasn’t provided a boosted mannequin since 2009. Final 12 months’s non-compulsory flat-6 bites the mud as Subaru ends its 6-cylinder totally. An electrified Outback hybrid isn’t a part of the image—no less than not but, although officers remained mum on timing.
Go for the turbo-Four and the Outback is rated to tow 3,500 kilos.
Official EPA gasoline financial system scores will come nearer to its on-sale date, however Subaru’s preliminary estimates are 26 mpg metropolis, 33 freeway with the bottom engine and 23/30 mpg with the non-compulsory turbo-4. Cementing the Outback as a road-trip cruiser, the bottom engine delivers a 600-mile vary between fill-ups.
All-wheel drive and a repeatedly variable automated transmission (CVT) come normal on the Outback, which rides on a modular structure that now underpins all however the automaker’s sporty BRZ coupe. The brand new platform opens up a extra spacious cargo space within the 2020 Outback that now gives 75.7 cubic ft to swallow baggage. Most Outbacks embrace a hands-free energy tailgate, too.
The brand new Outback must be a formidable four-wheeler, no less than by crossover SUV requirements. Its raised suspension provides it 8.7 inches of floor clearance and an off-road traction management mode may be chosen on the faucet of a button.
Like double-knotted bootlaces, normal automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise management, and lively lane management assist preserve the brand new Outback secure and safe. An accessible driver-attention monitor makes use of an infrared digicam to look at the driving force and sounds an alert if it detects distracted eyes.
Inside, each the bottom Outback’s 7.0-inch touchscreen and the tablet-like 11.6-inch touchscreen normal on different trim ranges include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. As much as 4 USB ports and two household-style retailers stand by to energy units.
Fabric upholstery covers the seats in base and Premium trims, whereas the Onyx Version comes with waterproof artificial leather-based, Limiteds are wearing actual leather-based, and Tourings include softer nappa hides. A 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is normal in most fashions, whereas full energy adjustment for the passenger’s seat and heated and cooled entrance seats come on larger trim ranges.
Subaru hasn’t stated how a lot the brand new Outback will value, however we doubt it’ll be a lot larger than the roughly $27,500 base worth for the outgoing mannequin. Search for a loaded-up Outback XT Touring parked at your nearest climbing path to hover round $43,000 when it hits the market this fall.