Subaru has toughened up the look of its Outback SUV with rugged and aggressive styling cues that underline its all-wheel drive ability.
The Outback offers genuine dirt road credentials and competent handling, combined with refined passenger car comfort, with the added insurance of a five-star occupant safety rating.
Responding to demand for improved ruggedness, the MY14 Outback features unpainted plastic front and rear under body guard protectors, side sills and cladding, wheel arch guards and front mudflaps.
“We’ve had a lot of customer feedback suggesting owners would like a slightly tougher-looking Outback with greater body protection, which is especially useful on rural roads,” Subaru Australia Managing Director Nick Senior says.
The Outback’s new look is completed by roof rails with integrated cross bars, a dark grey front grille and alloys, and headlights with tinted surrounds. Subaru values the upgrades at $2500, but prices increase by just $500 for each variant.
The styling upgrades are standard on all Outback models, however customers not wanting the full kit have the option to specify just roof rails, side sills, grille and alloys, or the headlights.
A $1500 option pack remains available for the entry Outback 2.5i, which adds satnav, leather trim, rear aircon vents, powered driver’s seat, electroluminescent gauges and colour information display – all features that come standard on Premium models. The MY14 Outback update follows a number of technical refinements applied to Outback models earlier in 2013.
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