Subaru Australia has marked the end of the Liberty mid-size sedan’s local 31-year run with the release of the aptly named Final Edition, a sporty special that’s appropriately limited to just 31 units.
Priced from $39,930 plus on-road costs, the Final Edition commands a $1990 premium over the 2.5i Premium variant it’s based upon, although Subaru Australia claims it comes with $6400 of additional value.
Extra standard equipment in the Final Edition includes front and rear STI lip spoilers, a mesh grille insert, 18-inch STI alloy wheels and black trim (foglight surrounds, side-mirror covers, side skirts garnishes and rear badges).
Inside, a Harman/Kardon sound system, Ultrasuede upholstery, blue seat, armrest and dashboard stitching; black trim (doors, steering wheel, dashboard and air vents) and an individually numbered ‘Final Edition’ plate feature.
Three paintwork options are available: Magnetite Grey (15 examples), Crystal Black (10) and Crystal White (six), which are matched to black, silver and gunmetal versions of the 18-inch STI alloy wheels respectively.
Just like the 2.5i Premium, the Final Edition is powered by a 129kW/235Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder petrol engine that’s mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and Subaru’s signature symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.
Subaru Australia general manager Blair Read said: "We wanted to mark the end of Liberty's distinguished history with the brand in a truly exclusive way, and these individually numbered vehicles are a tribute to what it has contributed to Subaru over more than three decades."
As reported, Subaru Australia was unable to secure right-hand-drive production of the next-generation Liberty that’s been available in other markets since last year, although the mechanically related new Outback large SUV will be sold here in the coming months, coming via Japan.
This means the shrinking sub-$60,000 mid-size-car segment will soon only be contested by Toyota Camry, Skoda Octavia, Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat, Subaru Levorg (wagon), Peugeot 508, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.