Subaru just revealed its all-new Outback at the 2014 New York Auto Show, continuing the model's original concept since its inception in 1995 as a vehicle that combines "passenger-car comfort with the long-distance capabilities and load space of an SUV."
Like the previous four generations, the all-new Outback has ample ground clearance and a tough, rugged styling, with bigger tires and muscular fenders that supposedly highlight a strong footing that grips the road. Protective panels cover the lower body parts not only to protect the vehicle when driving off-road but also enhancing the Outback's active and rugged image. Up front, the bumper-integrated hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights echo those of the Outback's stablemates, while the rear combination LED taillights project a sharp and energetic image.
Inside, the dual-dial gauge cluster flanks a large color LCD panel, while the three-spoke steering wheel is complemented by a flat central display on the center panel with intuitive touch control and an interface design that reportedly makes the screen easy to see and use. To expand the cabin area, the A-pillar has been moved forward while front quarter windows were added to reduce the blind spot created by the side mirrors. For the cargo area, rope hooks have been added to the crossbar-type roof rails, while an electric-powered tailgate that can automatically open and close to a specific height is available as an added option.
For the US market, the Outback is available with either a 2.5-liter flat-four engine that puts out 175hp and 236Nm, or a 3.6-liter flat-six mill that produces 256hp and 335Nm. Paired with both engines are Lineartronic transmissions, with the 3.6-liter model getting a high-torque version that "achieves advanced levels of power and environment-friendliness."
Unless the next-generation Legacy wagon will use a different platform, the new Outback gives us a good idea of what Subaru's midsize wagon will look like when it's launched soon.