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2013-11-27 06:43

EVEN BETTER: Subaru has tweaked its Outback range for 2014, including a new diesel Boxer derivative. Image: Quickpic.

Subaru SA has refreshed its Outback range with three models, including the addition of the world’s only Boxer diesel engine.

According to Subaru, the Outback is a vehicle which “subscribes to the connotations of fusing the best attributes from various vehicles into one exceptionally practical package".

WORLD FIRST

The automaker says the new, enhanced Outback range is more versatile with all models featuring traditional Boxer-engine power, Lineartronic continuously variable transmission and Subaru’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (corporate names, both).

Highlights include the Outback Diesel CVT, which is driven by the world’s only Boxer diesel engine, and the new Outback 2.5i-S.

Subaru SA’s marketing manager Ashley Lazarus said: “The Subaru brand is associated with versatility, among many other attributes, and as such offers a range of vehicles as unique as they are capable.

“The Outback range is an example of our brand’s breadth of ability. The three distinct models manage a difficult feat by not only being capable off-road machines but also ideal city cruisers, making the Outback the ultimate urban adventure vehicle”.

The automaker says the horizontally-opposed punching action portrayed by the pistons, which gives the engine line-up its ‘boxer’ nomenclature, also means that the engine is flat and can be mounted lower in the engine bay to create a lower centre of gravity and more dynamic handling, even with 213mm of ground clearance

SAFETY

The range includes Subaru’s body reinforcement hoops and seven air bags, seat belt warning buzzers, a collapsible brake pedal, IsoFix child-seat anchors and whiplash-reducing head restraints on all models.

Safety goodies, ensuring a five-star Euro-NCAP safety rating, include anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-pressure distribution, emergency braking pressure, vehicle dynamics control and traction control.

Each Subaru Outback comes with a three-year or 100 000km warranty. Both 2.5-litre petrol models have a three-year or 75 000km maintenance plan, the Diesel CVT a three-year or 60 000km maintenance plan.

PRICING
Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Lineartronic - R409 000
Subaru Outback 2.5i-S Premium Lineartronic - R419 000
Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium Lineartronic -  R469 000

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