• The Subaru Outback Field and Touring versions come with a 2.5-litre direct injection Boxer engine that makes 138kW and 245Nm.
• Pricing starts from R699 000 for the Field and R729 000 for the Touring.
• There is nine new body colours to choose from.
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Subaru's new Outback SUV boasts a more powerful Boxer engine and uprated interface while also ushering in several firsts for the brand and segment.
For the first time, customers can choose between two trim levels. Pricing starts from R699 000 for the Field and R729 000 for the Touring derivatives, respectively.
Both models come equipped with a 2.5-litre direct injection Boxer engine that makes 138kW and 245Nm, mated to an eight-speed CVT transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels via a Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
A number of firsts
The Field model comes with 18-inch black metallic alloy wheels, black silica painted under guard, black roof rails with green accents, black door mirror caps, black 'Outback' lettering on the rear and green 'Outback' lettering on the side guards. The Touring model sports silver trim in these areas and 18-inch aluminium finished alloy wheels. LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights come as standard as well.
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Safety and security are of Outback's esteeming qualities. It debuts a number of new technologies such as the Hands-Free Tailgate function, DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System and a new 11.6" touchscreen interface. Furthermore, active safety features like Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control, ABS, EBD, ESC, Active Torque Vectoring, and an Auto Vehicle Hold function come as standard inventory.
Both models also feature Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assistance system that uses dual camera-based technology and integrates features and assistance systems such Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure, Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Lead Vehicle Start Alert.
X-Mode and Hill Descent Control driver-selectable programmes come standard and aided with 213mm of ground clearance, allowing for better traction across snow, mud, grass, or rocky surfaces. Customers can also choose between a range of nine new body colours. The SUV also employs the use of eight airbags, including a new and first-ever passenger seat-cushion airbag.
The Outback also comes with eight-way power-adjustable front seats with seating memory function. Field models come with choice silver fabric seats, where Touring models come with full Nappa leather upholstery. Seat and steering heating is standard, and the heating area for rear passengers extends higher up on the shoulders than before. This is the first time the Outback is offered in South Africa with seat heating for both front and rear occupants.
A 522-litre boot capacity is initially on offer and can be extended to 1 267-litres with the rear seats folded flat, which can be accessed via hands-free tailgate operation.
The new larger touchscreen gives access to navigation, media, radio, and the use of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Two USB ports are available for front passengers, and another two are available for rear-seat passengers. Occupants can pump their jams through a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system.
The model comes with a three-year or 75 000km maintenance plan and a five-year or 150 000km warranty.