Subaru Outback

Subaru for the Outback

25 May 2018

SUBARU has introduced a series of improvements to its Outback SUV range, although prices remain unaltered.

The changes are mainly designed to improve the quality of the cabin whilst enhancing safety in the process.

Externally there is a redesigned front grille, bumper, door mirrors and headlights. The hexagonal grille redesign has a sharper, more defined shape whilst incorporating the distinctive Subaru wing design.

An addition to both the exterior design and the safety suite is a new front view camera, which is positioned below the six-star badge on the  front grille.

It can monitor a 180-degree area in front of the car that would normally be in the driver’s blind spot. These images, plus visible guidelines, are displayed on the touchscreen to help drivers to assess potential hazards ahead of the vehicle and helping manoeuvring.

To achieve all-round visibility, the new Outback is fitted with an additional side view camera mounted at the base of the passenger door mirror. Displaying the area diagonally in front of the passenger side of the vehicle, the image helps the driver to navigate through tight spaces.

The vehicle now gets the familiar Lane Keep Assist system that has been common on rivals’ vehicles for some time.

 It offers a gentle steering nudge if the vehicle is about to deviate from its lane at speeds of 40mph or above. Subaru’s so-called EyeSight driver assist technology suite includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lead Vehicle Start Alert, Lane Sway and Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Pre-collision Braking System and Pre-collision Throttle Management.

Steering-responsive headlights are also new to the Outback, with increased visibility at night, with the headlight beams mirroring the driver’s steering input to illuminate corners when turning.

Interior changes include a subtle redesign, with gloss black panels and silver surrounds to create a more sophisticated look, whilst the touchscreen size is increased from seven inches to a new eight-inch  multifunction colour touchscreen for the SE Premium model, which is also compatible with both Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB radio functionality. The SE trim level also receives a refresh with an updated 6.5-inch multifunction colour touchscreen and fabric seating trim with heated front seats.

The Outback is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre petrol engine, which produces 175bhp of power and 235Nm of torque. Economy is claimed to be 39mpg, with CO2 emissions of 166g/km.

Prices start from £30,000 for the SE Model and £33,000 for the SE Premium.