Subaru Australia has confirmed a special-edition version of the current-generation Outback large SUV will have an extended run thanks to its popularity.
Quietly introduced last year, the 2.5i-X was limited to 286 examples, but a Subaru Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide it has returned for MY20 “due to high levels of customer interest”, adding “it’s currently an ongoing part of the range”.
Priced from $43,440 plus on-road costs, the 2.5i-X commands a $6000 premium over the entry-level 2.5i variant it is based upon.
Naturally, buyers are compensated for the extra cost with a longer list of standard equipment, including black 18-inch alloy wheels, a black grille insert, black side-mirror caps, side cladding and a power-operated tailgate.
Inside, the 2.5i-X steps up with a power-operated sunroof, satellite navigation, white ambient lighting, power-adjustable front seats, water-repelling fabric upholstery and green stitching.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, beyond the usual autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control, among others.
Just like the 2.5i-, the 2.5i-X is motivated by a 129kW/235Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder engine, which is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.
As reported, a new-generation Outback has been revealed overseas and is expected in Australian showrooms as soon as late this year, although exact timing is yet to be locked in.