Subaru debuted its all-new 2015 Outback at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) today.
Subaru originally introduced the Outback model 20 years ago, also at NYIAS, and in result invented the crossover utility vehicle segment. The 2015 model is the sixth generation of the “go-anywhere” wagon.
The Outback combines rugged off-road capability, impressive handling, a sophisticated interior and advanced safety features. During the press conference, Subaru expressed the versatility of its Outback model and stated its desire for it to be “the all-around family companion.”
For the 2015 model, the Japanese automaker made the exterior of the model slightly longer and wider. It also added a new active grille system designed to improve fuel efficiency, which is 33 mpg on the highway. The interior cabin space has also increased, boasting the largest rear legroom in the model’s history. Rear heated seats are also included, meaning, meaning the whole family can keep warm on those late night mountain adventures.
The all-new Outback features two engine options: a 2.5-liter Flat-4 able to deliver 175 horsepower and 147 pound-foot of torque or a 3.6-liter Flat-6 able to deliver 256 horsepower and 247 pound-foot of torque. Both options come with Subaru’s all-wheel drive (AWD).
As for safety features, the 2015 Outback flaunts Subaru’s new and improved EyeSight technology. This driver assistance and crash avoidance technology includes color back-up cameras, blind-spot detection, and a front-crash prevention system. Cross-traffic and lane change alerts are also available.
The 2015 Outback will be made exclusively in Subaru’s plant in Lafayette, Ind. and will hit dealerships this June. MRSP is stated to be in line with the current model’s pricing.
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