D he sixth generation of the Subaru Outback is visually more powerful and dynamic than its predecessor. The fenders are wider, the front grille has a hexagonal pattern, large headlights look forward and the tailgate sits a little higher than before. Lateral panels in the lower area protect against scratches and should remind you of a hiking shoe, time to smile. Chrome-plated door handles and satined exterior mirror caps ensure a bit of high quality.
More quiet inside
The widened windshield ensures for more brightness in the interior. In addition, Subaru dares with nappa leather and black piano lacquer applications, a bit of luxury. In addition, it should be three decibels quieter inside than before. In return, the Outback got new door seals, soundproof glass and a soundproof film for the inside of the windshield. There are electrically adjustable front seats for the Limited and Touring models, and the seat length is also adjustable on the driver's side. The Touring also gets seat ventilation and steering wheel heating. Four USB sockets are available for connecting to the vehicle's infotainment system and for charging, and there are two twelve-volt connections for additional power supply.
Easy to network
The 11.6-inch screen is also new for the infotainment system. The new Outback has its own WiFi hotspot and various connections for networking mobile devices, and there are plenty of apps as standard. These include Android Auto, Apple Carplay and Subaru's own Starlink. For the first time, the Chimani app, which offers comprehensive information on all 400 US national parks, is standard in a car. With the US version, the buyer also receives a three-year subscription for the SiriusXM satellite radio. An audio system from Harman Kardon with twelve loudspeakers is available as an option.
With the seat backs folded down, the loading area of the Outback is 1.98 meters long - the SUV should be able to carry up to 2,144 liters of luggage. The tailgate can now be opened for the first time with a swiping gesture in front of the deep-seated Subaru logo. Pull-out cross bars and lashing eyes are integrated in the standard roof rails.
Significantly more safety
The Outback is said to be an enormous 70 percent stiffer than its predecessor. In front and side crashes, the vehicle structure should absorb 40 percent more energy. Eight airbags including a knee airbag are part of the standard equipment as well as adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system and a drowsiness detection system using an infrared camera. Optionally, adaptive LED light, a reversing brake assistant, a lane change assistant, a blind spot warning and a head-up display are available.
Of course, the Outback still has the symmetrical Subaru all-wheel drive, active torque vectoring , Driving dynamics programs and a hill descent aid. The ground clearance is a respectable 21 centimeters. The suspension should work more responsive than before, there are MacPherson struts at the front and at the rearan aluminum wishbone.
Another turbo - after a long time
For the XT equipment there is a turbo engine for the first time since 2009. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer develops 260 hp at 5,600 rpm and generates a maximum torque of 376 Newton meters at 2,000 rpm. The revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder suction boxer delivers 182 hp at 5,800 /min and 239 Newton meters at 4,400 /min.
The power is divided up by a continuously variable CVT transmission with eight virtual gear stages that can be engaged using the steering wheel shift paddle. The trailer load of the 2.4-liter turbo is 1,588 kilograms - according to Subaru, the highest load an Outback could ever pull.
US sales of the new Outback will start in autumn 2019, then Subaru will also be there the prices known.