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Subaru Outback 2020 first look: Tesla-style portrait screen, revised cabin

Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist

11 Apr 2019 • 2 min read

Subaru has released the first look (or glimpse, really) of its new 2020 Outback ahead of its offical debut at the New York Motor Show next week.

Just two photos have been released to date, one showing the lower front-end of the new Outback, and the other showing a tech-focused cabin with a giant 11.6-inch portrait-style infotainment screen in the centre of dash.

But before you get too excited, the car you see before you isn't necessarily identical to the cars we will eventually get in Australia, with an update to our Outback expected sometime in 2020.

North American cars are built in Subaru's Indiana plant in left-hand drive, while Australian cars are built exclusively in Japan. That said, the car you see here no doubt points to the design direction, and interior treatment, of future Australian versions.

While engine/gearbox specification is yet to be confirmed, the Outback is built on the US-spec Legacy platform, and so is expected to share that car's powertrain options. That would mean a choice between a 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine and a 2.4-litre turbo. Both engines pair with a CVT transmission that send power to all four wheels.

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