Subaru’s bestselling nameplate in America is getting ready to receive a total makeover. According to the newest reports, the Japanese car manufacturer works on the six-generation of its wagon-like crossover which will be introduced sometime in 2019 as the 2020 Subaru Outback.
Judging by the reports, the redesigned model will keep its rugged-looking exterior design almost untouched. To be more precise, the automaker has no intention to make any drastic changes to Outback’s
In addition to the new design, the 2020 Subaru Outback will also change its footprint. The redesigned model will get some extra inches in length and width. This way, Subaru will make it even more competitive, especially when we take into account that the model gets a new platform, which will enable better disposition with the interior space.
The Subaru Global Platform, which supports every new model from Subaru, also improves comfort and ride quality, plus reduces noise and vibrations inside of the cabin. It also promises increased rigidity of the new-gen Outback, that will in addition to new safety kit make the off-road model even more safe to drive. Speaking of which, the automaker will make both Eyesight and DriverFocus standard on all 2020 Outbacks.
Beneath the hood, the redesigned off-road wagon-crossover-something will get rid of its current 3.6-liter boxer-six with 256 hp and 247 lb-ft. Basically, the engine is still quite solid option, but the automaker will kill it in name of fuel efficiency. In place of the flat-six, the 2020 Subaru Outback is getting a new 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer-four. The engine made debut under the hood of the new Ascent, so we know that there will be 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque for the topping Outback. The entry-level model, on the other hand, will continue to use a 2.5-liter boxer-four. The unit has been improved too, so it now produces 187 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of twist. Some sources claim that the automaker prepares a hybrid or even a plug-in hybrid option for the next-generation Subaru Outback, but I have no solid info regarding the issue at the moment. In any case, no matter which drivetrain the wagon-crossover gets, it will do its business via all-wheel-drive and CVT.
The redesigned Outback will most probably be introduced next spring in New York. The rugged off-roader will become available shortly after that. You can expect a slight price hike in the future.