New Subaru Outback SUV brings improved fuel efficiency and safety with reduced pricing.
Subaru's fifth-generation Outback SUV has arrived in Australia this week, with new technology, safety features and significantly sharpened pricing across all variants.
The new Outback range kicks-off $1,500 cheaper than before with the $35,490 manual 2.0D turbodiesel, while the auto-only 2.5i petrol is priced from $35,990.
Both the 2.5i and 2.0D are available in the better-equipped Premium trim-level for an extra $6,000, while a CVT automatic for the 2.0D is available for a further $2,000.
The top-spec Outback remains the six-cylinder petrol 3.6R at $47,990, which is a full $10,000 cheaper than before.
All Outback variants bar the 2.0D receive Subaru's EyeSight technology, which incorporates autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian and brake light detection as well as adaptive cruise control.
Subaru claims the new Outback is the safest yet, adding to the previous model’s five-star safety rating from ANCAP with the highest individual test scores recorded by a Subaru to date.
The 2015 Outback also features increased luggage space, with 512 litres available in the back with the seats up - a 22 litre increase over the outgoing Outback. Premium model Outbacks also score a powered tailgate.
The multimedia system in the Outback has also been updated, with 6.2-inch touchscreen now controlling the audio, car information and Bluetooth connectivity.
Premium variants and the 3.6R also get satnav integrated within the touchscreen. The top 3.6R scores all of the above plus a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
The Outback range keeps its all-wheel drivetrain options from the existing range, however the boxer engines and transmissions have been refined to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 output.
The 129kW/235Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with a CVT automatic transmission achieves 7.3L/100km, down from 8.0L/100km previously.
The 191kW/350Nm 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine loses its previous five-speed auto for the same CVT as the 2.5, and achieves 9.9L/100km on the combined cycle, down from 10.3L/100km.
The 110kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine achieves a combined fuel efficiency figure of 5.7L/100km when paired to a six-speed manual transmission (down from 6.0) and 6.3/100km (down from 6.5) when paired to the CVT automatic.
The improved fuel efficiency figures have not affected the towing capacity of the Outback, with each drivetrain maintaining the braked towing capacities of 1500kg for the 2.5i, 1700kg for the 2.0D and 1800kg for the 3.6R.
CVT variants will also come with X-Mode first seen on the Forester SUV, which is designed to improve off-road performance through specific traction/stability control and ABS settings, working in conjunction with hill descent control.