The updated Subaru Outback is now available in South Africa and as before the local line-up consists of just two derivatives.
The new model gets a with a revised front bumper design with sharper edges and less accentuated fog lamp surrounds than the previous Outback. There is extra front cladding for better protection from mud and stones and the headlights have been updated.
The Subaru signature hexagonal grille still features three blades but now only the first blade is finished in chrome while the two below are now finished in a matte black coat. The front grille gets a camera lens for the new Front View Monitor.
New mirror housings have been designed with integrated LED turn signals as well as a new side view camera.
Then engine selection remains the same, with the entry level Outback powered by a four-cylinder, 2.5-litre Boxer petrol engine that produces 129kW and 235Nm to all four wheels. While the flagship model is powered by a 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer engine producing 191kW and 350Nm.
According to the manufacturer, the noise vibration levels have improved and the ‘suspension dampers have been tweaked, as has the electric power steering feel and braking feel’.
Inside, the facia gains a ‘more contemporary cabin layout’ in black with contrasting silver inserts. The steering wheel features new multifunction controls for the infotainment system, EyeSight safety system and vehicle display screens. Subaru says that the most noticeable change to the interior is a new seven-inch touchscreen, as used in the new Impreza and XV. In addition, an extra two USB ports have been added to the back of the centre console for rear passengers.
The Outback now features new 18-inch wheel designs and Subaru has also added two new exterior colours to range, namely Crimson Red Pearl and Wilderness Green Metallic.
Subaru Outback 2.5i-S ES R579 000
Subaru Outback 3.6R-S ES is R649 000
Both derivatives come with a 3yr/75 000km full maintenance plan and a 5yr/150 000km warranty. The maintenance plans are extendable up to 5 years / 150 000km at time of purchase.