• More refined Outback due in May.
• Two trim levels to address unique customer needs.
• DriverFocus facial recognition system to debut.
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Subaru has announced the imminent arrival of the new Subaru Outback in South Africa.
Sporting a new 2.5-litre direct injection boxer engine, as well as wholly improved levels of refinement and dynamic ability, the new Outback aims to extend the product positioning of being all-terrain capable while offering superior levels of luxury, practicality, and convenience.
The Outback will be offered in two trim levels - the rugged Field and the more urbane Touring.
The new Outback introduces a number of new technologies. When the driver waves a hand or arm directly in front of the Subaru badge on the tailgate, the latter will open; ideal for parcel-carrying shoppers and those wishing to keep their hands clean or dry on a rainy day.
A new system
Making its debut on the Outback, the DriverFocus distraction mitigation system uses cameras and facial recognition to monitor the driver for signs of fatigue or distraction before issuing a warning if a lack of focus and attention to the road is detected. This system's facial recognition also allows for the automatic adjustment of the driving position and mirrors to pre-programmed settings for up to five drivers.
The new Subaru Outback also heralds the latest in-car design and cabin architecture. A key highlight here is the new 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen that operates through smartphone-style swipe, drag and touch features. It is enabled with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; four x USB ports are also fitted as standard on both models.
The Outback also features the latest iteration of its EyeSight active safety package. This system now includes autonomous corrective steering, improved lane-keeping, vibration feedback through the steering wheel and an altogether wider field of view and, therefore, operation through the dual cameras.
The new Subaru Outback will be available from all Southern African dealers from 1 May.
- Outback 2.5i-Field ES - R699 000
- Outback 2.5i-Touring ES - R729 000
All models are sold with a three-year/75 000km maintenance plan and a five-years/150 000km warranty.