Subaru is a name that is synonymous with offloading and claims to have invented the crossover category over 20 years ago with the iconic Outback.
When the original Outback was launched in 1994 it blended the four-wheel drive system of an off-roader with the body and more car-like manner of a wagon. Ground clearance was somewhere in the middle and that combination of features captured the markets imagination.
However over the years various manufacturers have come to market with my luxurious and featured versions of the crossover and Subaru has had a tough time of it keeping up.
However the new 2015 update of the Subaru Outback looks to challenge other players with some new features and an updated look.
Key Elements of the Update
Upgraded interior: Soft-touch materials are more prevalent, the layout of the dashboard and controls is simpler but classier and equipment including the touchscreen and driver information display are more modern.
Improved seating & Space: SUV room on the inside complemented by a supportive, upright but a comfortable seating position offering a good view of surroundings. Head and shoulder room has noticeably grown, as has the boot, which is a very useful 512.
Slightly more Power: Compared with the previous 2.5-litre boxer four-cylinder engine, the 2015 version has two more kilowatts taking output to 129kW with torque unchanged at 235Nm, but the meagre figure is only just enough to spirit the Outback along under day-to-day driving conditions.
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