After the debut of the Legacy sedan at the last Chicago Auto
Show, its more capable high-ride version, the Outback, will
come updated for the upcoming New York Auto Show. Subaru’s most
popular wagon-like vehicle has a great talent for the off-road
and all-weather ride but it is also very practical and
comfortable. However, in order to keep its popularity, Subaru
invested in more luxe interior, upgraded infotainment and
safety features. The new 2018 Subaru Outback will also get
refreshed styling and some drivetrain enhancement.
2018 Subaru Outback: Design
Thanks to the modifications on its exterior, the new 2018
Subaru Outback will look tougher. The front fascia will feature
broader and lower grille version with the winged strip with
brand’s logo in the middle. A more aggressive design of the
headlights will also add to its appearance. Subaru also
improved the front cladding for the better protection while
driving off-road. Other styling changes will be seen on its
rear side with more rugged design approach and new wheel design
will be available in the Limited trim.
For the interior, Subaru offers new premium materials and
upgraded center cluster. The steering wheel is also new and
trims except the base will have stitching on the dash. Upper
trims will add stitching on the door panels and seats. In
addition to that Titanium Gray will be a new interior color
option. The model will also have better sound insulation.
Tech and safety upgrades:
On the technology front, the new Outback comes with an upgraded
Starlink infotainment system. The base 6.2-inch screen gets a
6.5-inch replacement. A larger 8-inch unit will be available in
the higher-spec versions for the first time on this model. The
system will support Apple car Play and Android Auto. USB and
Bluetooth inputs alongside with Wi-Fi hotspot and TomTom
navigation will also be available.
The safety of passengers has also been revised. The rearview
camera is now the standard feature. The model also benefits
from the available adaptive headlights, individual tire
pressure monitoring system, reverse braking system, and
automatic locking doors. An additional upgrade is on the lane
keeping assist which now has activation at around 37 mph.
2018 Subaru Outback: Powertrain
Subaru has made some changes on model’s chassis and suspension
which should provide better driving refinement. Engineers have
also tuned the electric power steering system for more linear
response. The CVT should also provide smoother performance and
better accuracy thanks to some improvements.
On the other hand, the 2018 Subaru Outback will continue with
the same engine options. A 2.5-liter flat-four engine will
produce 175 hp and torque of 174 lb-ft. A more potent 3.6-liter
flat-six will provide 256 horsepower and torque of 247 lb-ft.
Both engine options will come with the continuously variable
transmission. Subaru’s all-wheel drive system with active
torque vectoring will also be available by default.
Subaru hasn’t commented on model’s fuel economy but expect
similar EPA numbers as on the current version.
2018 Subaru Outback: Availability, Price
The 2018 Subaru Outback will debut at the next New York Show.
It will go on sale this summer. We don’t expect big changes in
the price range but Subaru will give the final word.