STYLISH: The Subaru Outback is now available in South Africa and fans can choose from three models. Image: Quickpic.
The fifth generation of Subaru's Outback is now available through the brand's South African dealer network (since mid March), with fans of able to choose from three models.
Each one offers a different boxer engine, but the same drivetrain: the latest version of Subaru's symmetrical all wheel driveT system mated to the acclaimed LineartronicT CVT. Another common thread is the level of cabin sophistication, ambience and roominess.
A key objective with the latest Outback was to move further upmarket in terms of material quality but retain the Outback's rugged nature and genuine on-road/off-road ability - when it comes to finding the perfect partner for adventure, Outback remains the benchmark, the report says.
The Outback has achieved 5-star ratings for both Euro NCAP and ANCAP testing, and its body has been carefully designed to place high tensile steel at critical points, further enhancing the crash structures. This has resulted in minimal increases in weight.
Pricing starts at R479 000 for the 2.5 litre version, which is powered by an uprated version of the 2.5-litre boxer engine, now producing 129kW and 235Nm thanks to a number of internal and external changes. Fuel consumption has benefited hugely, with overall consumption plummeting to 7.7 litres/100km.
This is followed by a two-litre turbodiesel - the only compression-ignition boxer engine in the world - and priced at R529 000. While peak power and torque remain at 110kW and 350Nm, the torque peak starts lower down and continues further up the rev range. Consumption has improved to 6.3 litres/100km.
The flagship of the range is the Outback 3.6 R-S, with the smooth 3.6-litre H6 engine under its aluminium bonnet. Power output of this lusty, free-revving powerplant is a heady 191kW, with torque of 350Nm. Despite these numbers, it requires just 9.9 litres/100 km.
With improvements in key areas, the latest Outback continues to evolve, the developers say, meeting environmental requirements with increasingly clean-burning engines, low friction drivertrains, and exceptional safety standards.