In March, Subaru Australia will officially launch an all-new model, based on a fresh platform. Although technology and safety are taken to all new heights, the traditional rugged and dependable character continues on.
Three model grades will hit the Aussie market, spanning from the Outback AWD, AWD Sport, and AWD Touring. These will replace the outgoing 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models. All three variants feature a new 2.5-litre flat-four petrol engine, featuring direct injection. The unit produces 138kW and 245Nm, up from 129kW/235Nm in the outgoing 2.5i.
Impressive safety features
All variants are being presented with an impressive suite of safety technologies as part of Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist system. Much of the tech will mean the new model is set to be one of the safest SUVs in the class. Functions include lane-keeping aid, autonomous emergency steering and braking, speed-sign recognition, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver monitoring.
There’s also a new passenger seat cushion airbag, which pushes the front section of the seat upward to reduce forward movement of the waist. It’s a very clever initiative, setting a new benchmark for the market segment.
Other innovative features include special safety measures to withstand the new Mobile Progressive Deformable Barrier (MPDB) crash test, as well as a new stop-start system with ‘Change of Mind Control’ that promises to restart the engine within 0.2 seconds.
More space than ever before
Thanks to the adoption of the Subaru Global Platform, the 2021 Subaru Outback is larger, offering a bigger cabin than ever before. The cargo area also presents a wider opening than before, and the key interior dimensions are increased for improved passenger comfort.
The new platform, which has since been introduced for the latest Impreza, Forester, and XV, also promises improved rigidity to enhance driving dynamics. In other words, it should be more engaging and more fun to drive, with better handling than before.
Of course, the new Outback is prepared for when the going gets rough. Thanks to a dual function X-MODE drive system, the new model is capable of driving on unsealed roads with confidence, including on mud, snow, and steep slippery surfaces.
As for the interior, Subaru is introducing a new high-definition 11.6-inch touch-screen infotainment system. It aims to centralise and simplify many on-board controls, with a new vertical orientation making it easier to read and interact with, just like a tablet.
New Subaru Outback prices
The new model will go on sale in March, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):
- 2021 Subaru Outback AWD – $39,990
- 2021 Subaru Outback AWD Sport – $44,490
- 2021 Subaru Outback AWD Touring – $47,790