2015 Subaru Outback – Elevating The CrossOver Segment
The 2015 Subaru Outback
When one speaks of the Subaru Outback, it is always associated with a sense of outdoor adventure and excitement. Regarded as the world’s first sports utility vehicle and the inventor of the crossover segment, Subaru will be introducing it’s next generation of SUV with the 2015 Subaru Outback.
Due to be released by the summer of 2014, Subaru’s latest SUV comes with a lot of anticipation among car enthusiasts. Subaru announced that the latest model of the Outback has many new features such as a wider visibility angle, slimmer A-pillar and wide range of safety features.
Although the SUV retains the same 2.5 liter H-4 engine, Subaru’s engineers have modified the existing power plant. Improved fuel efficiency, smoother combustion and lighter weight are among the factors incorporated in the modification. The engine produces a little more horsepower (from 173 to 175) as maximum torque remains at 174lb-ft.
The alternative engine variant is the 3.6 liter H-6 power plant that produces 256 horsepower. The 3.6 liter H-6 power plant was thought to be replaced by Subaru in favour of the 250 horsepower 2.0 liter H-4 turbo that was used by the 2014 Forrester. In any case, both engines will integrate new fuel efficiency technology through the active grill shutter system. The system is designed to deliver approximately 33 miles per gallon with an all wheel drive standard lay-out. This is quite impressive for an SUV.
With the vast improvement in fuel efficiency, an owner need not worry of running out of fuel as they venture farther out of the city limits. Subaru engineers estimate 25-33 miles per gallon for the 2.5i model. Similarly, 19-27 mile per gallon can be achieved for those equipped with the powerful boxer-six variant.
A Look From The Outside
Physically, the 2015 Subaru Outback may appear to be like it’s previous version. But as one takes a closer look, the differences lie in minute details. The latest Subaru Outback model is built around the new Legacy based chassis with a slight increase to it’s dimension. The wheelbase has increased .06 inches in length and 0.7 inches in width. Clearance from the ground remains at 8,7 inches. The 2015 Outback also introduces the use of a power rear gate.
For driving convenience, Subaru engineers have lessen the weight on the front portion of the SUV which they say leads to better steering response. The front and rear suspension have also been revised to provide an even better handling of the vehicle with a smoother ride. The Vehicle Dynamics Control enhances torque vectoring for better steering along sharp and unnatural curves.
The 2015 Subaru Outback also boasts of several safety features which include all new seat cushion bags for front passengers, a new sensor for roll-over prevention and a standard rear view camera. A pleasant safety feature is the “Welcome Lighting” which illuminates the interior of the vehicle as the driver approaches. Also worth mentioning is the Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection System where all rear blind spots are detected to assist the driver when changing lanes or during directional parking.
Slated to be released by the summer of this year, the 2015 Subaru Outback will be an exciting SUV to look out for.
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