By 2020, Subaru's backward-looking Outback carriage undergoes a wide range of changes while remaining unmistakably an Outback. And since New York is hardly the first site to think about when thinking "Outback", Subaru decided to have the great outdoor accompanying next generation car for this week's car show. The car manufacturer brought both the Outback and an eye-catching screen displaying American National Parks (as well as Subaru's partnership with the National Park Foundation).
Yes, the Outbacks look good with coniferous trees in the background. As for the car itself, we called it. As expected, the turbocharged 2.4-liter Boxer four that appeared in the Subaru stack in 2019 was not the only property the Ascent crossover had for a long time.
Riding on the significantly stiffer Subaru Global Platform (architecture it shares with the new Legacy sedan), Outback's exterior design changes are modest, but many.
Outback's headlights only receive a minor transformation, but the exploding Galaxy badge suspended in the center grille with a chrome bar seems to have gone on a recent eating binge. It's huge. Below, the front fascia acres of clothing to reject brush and twigs, while the circular fog lights seen on the current gene model switch to a vertically oriented set.
As before, this clothing continues backwards, tracks the wheel arches and emphasizes the body along the rocks. Along the flanks, the drawing line, which is seen on the current model, which connects the front fender to the taillight, now flows over a marked backward. Another set of curls appears in the hood, which lends Outback something of a power exhaust. Out, um, back the rear lights keep their general shape, but grow markers. The rear bumper now also sees more clothing. It's almost like the late 90s are back.
(It should be noted that non-Onyx Edition Outbacks, unlike the one you see here, underlines the front and rear shock absorbers with a metallic strip breaking up in matte gray lining.)
Under Hood Receives 2020 Outback 2019 Forester's reworked 2.5-liter Boxer four as a base engine that now generates 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. Not far from its predecessor, although Subaru claims that the mill boasts nearly 90 percent new items. The current flows to all four wheels through a Lineartronic continuous variable transmission.
In an interesting event, the 2020 Outback wins the XT trimmer, which Forester lost in 2019. As in the predecessor Forester, XT denotes the presence of a turbocharged engine, though this not a 2.0 liter – it's the 2.4 liter in the rise, good for 260 hp and 277 lb-ft torque and also paired to a Lineartronic. The tranny has a standard manual mode and paddle shifters.
Selection of turbo four, replacing the previous model (3.6 hp, 247 lb-ft) 3.6-liter flat six, gives the buyer 3,500 pounds of pulling capacity.
Assuming that buyers are actually heading to the Subaru National Park, then they loved a lot, they may notice that they are getting better as the roads become rougher. It could be a product of Outback's revolved suspension that uses front MacPherson struts with a new internal rebound spring, aluminum-backed L-arms and a new 23mm hollow stabilizer bar. The rear double-barrel signal adds a new 19 mm hole stabilizer rod. Ground clearance, as before (and as always), is 8.7 inches.
Inside, the cargo area behind the front seats goes with almost two cubic meters. You can access this room, depending on the trim, through a hands-free engine tailgate, which means that Outback is now closer to a crossover than ever before. Improvements in weatherstripping and thicker window glass are said to lower road noise in the cabin (at highway speed) by 3 decibels.
Other notes are the standard EyeSight driver assistant technology on every trimmer – a package that includes adaptive cruise control with lane centering. Also new for 2020 is Subaru's Front View Monitor, which deletes blind spots by displaying a 180-degree forward view on 11.6-inch multimedia display. This expansive screen is standard on all but base trim.
Subaru's Outback trim is as follows: Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT and Touring XT models. Expect pricing will be announced closer to 2020 Outback sales sales.