Subaru has chosen New York Show for the launch of the new Outback and that is not a random thing to do, as the distribution of the model will start in the U.S next summer. The Subaru Outback 2015 debuted in NYIAS (New York International Auto Show) and it is a car made based on the latest Legacy. The company people say that this is the most spacious and economic model of the 20-year history of the Outback.
The new model is longer by only 15 mm than its predecessor and wider by 18 mm, while the wheelbase has been widened by 5 mm. Despite the almost negligible increase of the scale, people of Subaru say that the capacity of the cabin has grown by 76 liters, amounting to 3,061 lt. with that of the trunk being at 1,005 liters. (+ 34) with normal arrangement of seats and 2,076 lt. (+57) if they folded (60/40).
As one would guess, the Outback follows the aesthetics of the new Legacy, especially in the front part. On the rear, now, things are the other way round as the Outback is our prefigure of what to expect on the Legacy Wagon. The interior is also taken from the Legacy and is qualitatively enhanced compared to the previous Outback. There will be three trim levels: the normal Standard, the enhanced Premium and the supercomplete Limited one.
Legacy and Outback have both the same mechanical sets. At the base there is the 4-cylinder engine of 2.5 liters, which delivers 175 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 235 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The improved aerodynamics and the system closes the grille on the mask (Active Grille Shutter) resulted in reduced consumption of around 8.4 lt./100 km. The option of all 6-cylinder 3.6 liter engine, available only on the Limited version, has the power 256 hp at 6000 rpm and torque of 334 Nm at 4,400 rpm, while its consumption is 10.7 lt./100km.
Both mechanical assemblies cooperate with Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission, which features 6 virtual gears and have the gear shift on the steering wheel. It is driven permanently in four-wheel drive through the Symmetrical AWD, while the Active Torque Vectoring systems and X-Mode from the Forester enhance the off road capabilities of the Outback, like the Hill Descent Control. Finally, it has plurality of electronic systems that significantly raise the levels of passive and active safety.