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2015-01-23 06:42

SA-BOUND: Subaru has upgraded its Outback wagon for 2015. It will reach UK showrooms on April 1 2015, those in South Africa later in the year. Image: Subaru

  • Six Outback model variants
  • Two engines, manual or Lineartronic
  • On sale in the UK from April 1 2015

Subaru is launching its fifth-generation Outback with a host of upgrades that include new styling, more space, better interior and more safety equipment. It will go on sale in the UK from April 1 2015.

Subaru South Africa has already confirmed the Outback will arrive here later in 2015: "The new Outback will arrive towards the end of March, with new Legacy also appearing similar timing if not slightly earlier.
"We will have the 2.5-litre petrol, 3.6-litre petrol and the two-litre diesel – all with CVT available. The range will be in premium guise only, meaning only three models in the line-up for SA."

The Outback was introduced in 1995 and has since claimed to be "the first crossover" that spawned a whole range of copy-cat models. Nevertheless, the automaker says, the Outback has continued to combine the virtues of a tourer with those of an SUV, claims.


The automaker adds that the new model will remain in the same price bracket as the outgoing version in the UK (the equivalent of R479 500 to R565 200), "despite a generous standard specification".

New to the latest model is EyeSight, Subaru’s collision avoidance technology. The system is said to work "as a second pair of eyes" for drivers through stereo colour camera technology which sweeps the road and traffic ahead for hazards. This, claims the company, is the first time the technology has been made available in the UK and Europe.

EyeSight is standard on 'auto' transmission units and includes autonomous pre-collision braking control and pre-collision throttle management, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure and trailer-sway warning.


Two engines are available in the UK – each a horizontally-opposed four-cylinder: there's a two-litre turbodiesel that makes 110kW/ 350Nm or a normal 2.5-litre petrol tuned for 121kW/235Nm.

Diesel units will be offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or Subaru’s Lineartronic (constantly variable) transmission; 2.5-litre petrol units come only with the latter.

The nose has an hexagonal grille and "hawk-eye" headlights; the profile is a subtle evolution of the current Outback.

The cabin is said to be more spacious and furnished with "higher quality" materials that result in "a much more premium cabin complemented by a new range of factory-fitted infotainment and satnav systems.


There are two trim levels: SE and SE Premium. Each, Subaru says, offers a generous level of equipment.

SE models can be identified by their diode headlights (with washers), cruise control, "active torque vectoring", 17” alloy rims, heatable front seats, power adjustment for the driver’s seat, and privacy glass. There's also s seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satnav, audio, smartphone connectivity and a rear-view parking camera.

Petrol SE models add engine stop/go system and "intelligent drive" - driver-selected engine modes for differing terrain.

SE Premium models add a sunroof, keyless entry and start button, 18” alloy rims, leather upholstery and a powered tail hatch.
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