Outdoor rugged Subaru Outback now available


Subaru South Africa has officially released pricing as well as spec details of its new fifth generation Outback crossover.

As before, the newcomer once again uses the Legacy sedan as a base, but sports a raised ride height and cladding at the base of the doors as well as moulded front and rear bumpers.

Compared to the outgoing Outback, the newcomer features a range of subtle changes, namely a Hexagon front grille, restyled headlights with daytime running LED’s, new front and rear bumpers, redesigned LED taillights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the cabin is said to be quitter thanks to more sound denting and lowered levels of vibration, while built quality and comfort levels have also been improved. Taking pride of place, a brand new 6.2-inch touchscreen display replaces the old audio setup on the centre display while at the back, boot space has been increased to 512-litres from the previous 490-lite thanks to a slightly longer wheelbase. An electrically operated tailgate is also standard fare on all models.

Underneath its revised bonnet, the Outback can be have with the option of two petrol and one turbodiesel Boxer engine, both mated to Subaru’s Lineartronic Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT) and featuring the company’s rally derived Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

The three model range consists out of the (hardly) base S-Premium powered by a 2.5-litre four cylinder petrol that produces 129 kW and 235 N.m of torque. Fuel consumption is a claimed 7.3 L/100 km and emissions at 167 g/km.

Moving one up, the Premium comes fitted a 2.0-litre turbodiesel that makes 110 kW and 350 N.m. Subaru claims a miserly low consumption figure of 6.3 L/100 with emissions at 165 g/km.

Rounding off the range, the R-S comes powered by a 3.6-litre flat six that punches out 191 kW and the same 350 N.m as the diesel. Consumption is a claimed 9.9 L/100 km and the taxable emission at 230 g/km.

Aside from its exterior changes, the Outback has also been revised under the skin with new suspension, quicker steering and different shocks. Standard on all models is a revised version of Subaru’s SI-Drive system which allows for the choosing of four drive models; X-mode, Intelligent (I), Sport (S) and SportSharp (S+), the later setting only on the R-S.

In addition to the off-road biased X-mode, all Outbacks are fitted with Active Torque Vectoring, which has been programmed to work with the Vehicle Dynamic Control to prevent a loss of track when on dirt or wet roads. Ground clearance is rated at 213 mm.

Standard spec on the Outback is just as impressive with all models featuring dual-zone climate control with rear passenger vents, rain sense wipers, electrically folding mirrors with puddle laps, reverse rear camera, sunroof, auto-levelling headlights, push button start, eight-way electric driver’s seats, Bluetooth with voice recognition and audio streaming, cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, seven airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, TCS and Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and ISOFIX mounting points.

Compared to six-speaker sound system with USB and aux input on the diesel, the S-Premium and R-S comes equipped with a 12-speaker Harmon Kardon unit and electric passenger seats, but does without a full-size spare wheel and heated front seats.

A three year / 100 000 km warranty is also standard fare with petrol models featuring a three year / 75 000 km service plan, and the diesel a similar time but over 60 000 km.



2.5 S-Premium 129 kW / 235 N.m R479 000
2.0D Premium 110 kW / 350 N.m R529 000
3.6 R-S 191 kW / 350 N.m R529 000


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