Subaru has announced a simple, three-variant range for its all-new Outback SUV arriving in March.
The line-up will start with the base variant (simply called Outback) at $39,990 plus on roads, a $2550 increase on the current entry point.
Subaru Australia general manager Blair Reid said the brand has moved the Outback more upmarket based on customer feedback to be the flagship of its model line-up.
Standard gear includes a vertical, tablet-like 11.6-inch infotainment screen and big focus on safety.
The brand’s latest Eyesight Driver Assist system adds lane centring function, autonomous emergency steering, emergency lane keep assist, speed sign recognition with intelligent speed limiter, lane departure warning and prevention and autonomous intersection collision braking — the latter now essential for a five-star ANCAP crash rating.
An additional $4500 gets buyers into the Outback Sport, which adds water repellent sports seat trim, heated front and rear outboard seats, front and side view monitors, black exterior highlights, a hands free powered tailgate with memory height function, roof rails with green highlights, built in sat nav and a dark metallic finish for the alloy wheels.
The top-spec Touring is an extra $3300 above the Sport and gets a Harman Kardon stereo, Nappa leather accented seat trim, electric sunroof, heated steering wheel, silver roof rails with integrated stowable cross bars and gloss finished alloy wheels.
All will have a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Boxer petrol engine — no diesel, no turbo — offering 138kW and 245Nm, a 7 and 4.2 per cent upgrade on the current petrol Outback.
The continuously variable transmission has been reworked to offer improved take-off acceleration and efficiency, and also has an eight-speed “manual” mode.
When off-road, drivers of all variants can choose mud, snow and hill descent control.
The Outback’s arrival will start a busy year for new Subaru models, with the next-generation BRZ, WRX and Levorg all expected to arrive in 2021.