Subaru has launched an all-new version of its rugged Outback SUV, which goes on sale at the end of May.
The sixth-generation Outback is priced from £33,995 and comes with a choice of three trims. There is a single powertrain – a 2.5-litre petrol ‘boxer’ unit with a CVT.
Standard equipment across the range includes the next generation EyeSight Driver Assist technology, which uses a stereo camera with nearly twice the field of vision. The system provides Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering Function, Emergency Lane Keep Assist, Speed Sign Recognition with Intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning with steering wheel vibration, Lane Departure Prevention and Pre-Collision Braking System with expanded support for collision avoidance at junctions and crossroads.
A new Driver Monitoring System complements the existing safety technologies, which will alert the driver when distracted or feeling fatigued. Reverse Automatic braking is also a new safety feature fitted as standard for all-new Outback that helps drivers to avoid collisions when reversing and mitigates the damage in case of collision.
Subaru says handling performance and ride comfort have been increased, with “significant improvements” made to the suspension and chassis to remove vibrations from the steering system, floor, and seats.
By increasing the rigidity of the body, front suspension and rear subframe, the new Outback has minimised body roll by 50%.
Interior space is improved when compared to the outgoing model, providing more room for passengers and a 522-litre boot. Practicality is enhanced by split folding rear sears, integrated roof rails and an electric tailgate.
The dashboard features a new 11.6-inch infotainment screen with a portrait orientation, while a facial recognition camera can identify who’s driving and configure the car to their preferred settings.
Improved materials promise a more premium feel, while features like water repellent seat upholstery and exterior plastic cladding reflect the Outback’s rugged abilities.
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