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It corners the market on confidence. And cornering.

  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

  • Symmetry gives you balance. Balance gives you control and capability. This is why Subaru has been continually developing the Symmetrical AWD system since 1972, pairing it with the SUBARU BOXER engine to give you amazing stability and control. This almost perfect symmetrical layout, maximises power delivery and pairs it with exceptional traction for total control in almost any condition.

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Constant Contact

The more your tyres are engaged with the road, the more control you have. Power is routed to all four tyres all the time in order to maintain the strongest connection to the road as possible, maximising handling and control.

 

Agility In An Emergency

In bad weather, or in the precious seconds it takes to react to a sudden situation, the symmetrical drivetrain with almost total side-to-side balance provides the stability, agility and traction that help you step around danger.

 

Dynamic Performance

Exceptional traction makes acceleration immediate and exhilarating. And the symmetry helps the Outback deliver responsive handling because it’s more stable during cornering, for a unique feeling of control at all times.

Keep your profile low and your expectations high.

  • SUBARU BOXER Engine

  • Few other cars drive with the self-assured confidence of Outback, so you won't be surprised by how uniquely it is accomplished. The horizontally-opposed configuration of the SUBARU BOXER engine places the pistons 180 degrees apart, for a lower, flatter profile than other engine types. This gives the engine, and therefore the overall vehicle, a lower centre of gravity and better sense of balance. Further, the pistons’ opposing movements inherently counteract each other, naturally helping to reduce vibration.

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Increased Stability

Because the engine block has a flatter profile and sits lower in the chassis, the overall vehicle is more stably balanced and resistant to side-to-side motion than other designs.

 

Smooth Power

At any rpm the engine delivers immediate, responsive power that comes on smooth. The pistons lay flat and work against each other to reduce vibrations, making the ride as comfortable as it is exciting.

 

Long-lasting Performance

The engine’s flat design is inherently rigid and self-balancing, generating less vibration than “V-type” or “in-line” engines for more durability and more reliable performance.

Centred around stability. Control around every corner.

  • What’s inside:

  • A wealth of components harmoniously interacting with each other, whilst instantly changing the way they respond based on your input. And all with one goal in mind: perfect handling.

  • What it does:

  • With each part, big and small, working in concert with the rest, the Outback achieves a unique balance between taut response and a smooth ride. Giving you responsiveness with security, no matter the conditions.

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Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept

Innovative Subaru engineering balances handling precision, occupant protection and driving passion. The Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (DC³) extends the benefits of its lower centre of gravity and AWD stability to virtually every measure of Outback’s performance.

 

Greater stability and comfort

Outback elevates the inherent advantages of its signature Subaru layout—balance, composure and response—with Subaru DC³. The body uses more high-tensile steel in critical areas to achieve high strength with flexibility. Handling is made even more surefooted and stable, whilst the ride is made more comfortable. The steering system in diesel models has also been specially fine-tuned for a more direct linear feel to further improve driving enjoyment.

 

Smooth and Quiet Ride

A highly rigid Cradle Mount front-end structure delivers an accurate, natural steering feel whilst allowing the engine and suspension to be effectively isolated from the cabin for a smoother, quieter ride. The result is everything that makes driving a pleasure: confidence with comfort, sportiness with safety, and elegance with efficiency—all in impeccable balance.

 

Front Suspension

Working in harmony with Subaru DC³, Outback’s strut type front suspension features the highly rigid Cradle Mount System, a wide tread and long wheel travel. Together they deliver flatter cornering as well as a quieter, more comfortable ride over a variety of road surfaces. In addition, thicker front sway bars provide sharper handling. For diesel models, improved damping force has been fine-tuned to reduce body-roll while enhancing handling characteristics.

 

Rear Suspension

Expertly balancing sporty handling with refinement, Outback’s double wishbone rear suspension is the perfect complement to Subaru DC³, handling rough roads and sharp corners with poise and precision. To enhance stability, safety and provide increased responsiveness, the damping, bushings and spring rates have been revised. Shock absorbers include a self-levelizer to help maintain ride height when carrying a heavy load aboard. The rear selfstabilizer damping force is specially tuned for diesel models to deliver a high level of stability and comfort.

Within opposition lies strength.

  • What’s inside:

  • The horizontally-opposed pistons of the SUBARU BOXER engine fire with a powerful punch-counterpunch action.

  • What it does:

  • It’s naturally balanced for exceptional smoothness, inherently rigid for high strength, and lower-profile to out-handle ordinary SUVs.

  • Redesigned Engine

  • The SUBARU BOXER engine has always offered exceptional balance and smooth response, but we’ve figured out a way to make driving a Subaru even more inspiring. Subaru engineers painstakingly reviewed the effectiveness of every valve, port and piston to create an engine that is lighter and uses fuel more efficiently. Not only does this new engine achieve new heights of efficiency, but it offers better low-end torque response – meaning you’ll feel immediate, satisfying response every time the accelerator is pressed.

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2.0-LITRE DOHC TURBO SUBARU BOXER DIESEL

The inherent rigidity, smoothness and quiet operation of the SUBARU BOXER engine make it the ideal configuration for the world’s first BOXER DIESEL to power a passenger vehicle. Higher pressure common-rail fuel injection, an improved oxidizing catalyst with closed Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), a variable nozzle turbo and electric power steering all combine to greatly reduce fuel consumption while emitting less CO2 emissions. Ceramic glow plugs quicken starting in cold weather. A prodigious 350-Nm of peak torque is delivered at a lower 1,600 rpm – providing smooth, freebreathing performance at any speed. And both the interior and exterior have been outfitted throughout with noise insulation to improve the levels of silence.

MAX OUTPUT: 110 kW (150 PS) / 3,600 rpm
MAX TORQUE: 350 Nm (35.7 kgfm) / 1,600 – 2,400 rpm

FUEL CONSUMPTION:
2.0D-X (6MT) (*1); 5.9 lit./100km
2.0D-X (Lineartronic) (*2); 6.3 lit./100km
2.0D (6MT) (*1); 5.9 lit./100km
2.0D (Lineartronic) (*2); 6.3 lit./100km
CO2 EMISSIONS:
2.0D-X (6MT) (*1); 155 g/km
2.0D-X (Lineartronic) (*2); 166 g/km
2.0D (6MT) (*1); 155 g/km
2.0D (Lineartronic) (*2); 166 g/km

3.6-LITRE DOHC SUBARU BOXER

The largest, most refined SUBARU BOXER engine available provides Outback drivers with smooth power, quiet operation, low emissions and commendable efficiency. Light, compact and perfectly balanced by design, it features the dual Active Valve Control System for impressive torque. Lower friction and increased rigidity further reduce noise, vibration, fuel consumption and emissions.

MAX OUTPUT: 183 kW (248 PS) / 5,600 rpm
MAX TORQUE: 350 Nm (35,7 kgfm) / 4,400 rpm

FUEL CONSUMPTION (*3):
3.6R (5AT); 10.6 lit./100 km
CO2 EMISSIONS (*3):
3.6R (5AT); 250 g/km

2.5-LITRE DOHC SUBARU BOXER

Naturally smooth and strong, Outback’s 2.5-litre DOHC engine delivers higher torque with high fuel efficiency. Refinements throughout help it deliver a prodigious 235-Nm of torque at a lower 4,100 rpm to make it more responsive around town and more satisfying on the highway. Combined with the improved Lineartronic CVT, it’s more efficient and clean-running to reward on every drive.

MAX OUTPUT:
127 kW (173 PS) / 5,600 rpm
MAX TORQUE:
235 Nm (24.0 kgfm) / 4,100 rpm

FUEL CONSUMPTION (*1):
2.5i-X (Lineartronic); 7.6 lit./100 km
2.5i (Lineartronic); 7.6 lit./100 km
CO2 EMISSIONS (*1):
2.5i-X (Lineartronic); 175 g/km
2.5i (Lineartronic); 175 g/km

2.5-LITRE SOHC SUBARU BOXER

Naturally smooth and strong, Outback’s SOHC engine delivers high fuel efficiency. Its smart design makes it more responsive around town, more satisfying on the highway, and cleaner-running on virtually any road.

MAX OUTPUT:
123 kW (167 PS) / 5,600 rpm
MAX TORQUE:
229 Nm (23.4 kgfm) / 4,000 rpm

FUEL CONSUMPTION (*3):
2.5i (Lineartronic); 9.1 lit./100 km
CO2 EMISSIONS (*3):
2.5i (Lineartronic); 214 g/km

Confidence in every gear.

  • What’s inside:

  • Outback offers a choice in transmissions—including the highly efficient Lineartronic (Continuously Variable Transmission)—each one mated to its own variation of Symmetrical AWD.

  • What it does:

  • No matter how you choose to control the engine’s performance, you’ll always enjoy the solid balance and control of Symmetrical AWD.

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6-Speed Manual Transmission + Viscous Centre Differential AWD

For maximum control and sporty satisfaction, a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission is standard on Outback 2.0D. It’s paired with an AWD system utilising a centre differential with viscous LSD (Limited Slip Differential). If wheel speed differs between the front and rear axles, the system helps distribute power to the wheels with the most traction. The 6-speed offers smoother, more precise shifting, along with the compact size and light weight that add to Outback’s sporty feel.

 

5-Speed Automatic Transmission + Variable Torque Distribution AWD

Outback 3.6R model is equipped with a refined E-5AT automatic transmission paired with Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) AWD. VTD instantaneously distributes the engine’s torque to all four wheels whilst focusing on the rear wheels to suit the conditions, for enhanced handling, superior traction and stability. The electronically controlled 5-speed transmission features driveradaptive shifting, blipping control for quicker, smoother downshifts, and manual-style control via paddle shifters.

 

Lineartronic + Active Torque Split AWD

For instant, seamless response to changing conditions, Outback 2.5i models are available with Lineartronic, which uses a chain instead of a belt—allowing a greater span of overall ratios for improved performance and efficiency, faster response to your throttle input. It’s longitudinally paired with an active torque-split AWD system that responds to traction conditions, the transmission and driver inputs by continuously controlling the torque distribution front to rear. Paddle shifters also provide a six-step manual mode for quick response on demand.

 

Cruise Control

Standard electronic cruise control allows the driver to maintain a preset speed on the open road. Located on the steering wheel, the controls are finished in a modern dark-metallic sheen.

 

Paddle Shifters

Whether equipped with the innovative Lineartronic or the 5-speed, every automatic transmission Outback includes a sporty manual mode with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

 

SI-DRIVE: Bring your best performance out.

Admired for versatility, the Outback 3.6R offers SUBARU Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) so that you can adjust the responsiveness of its drivetrains to support your driving style, road conditions or any driving state at your immediate request. These three SI-DRIVE modes quickly re-map the throttle response and automatic-transmission shifting behavior with a simple press of a conveniently located button, ensuring you always have the best performance for any circumstance.

Sport Mode

Sport mode delivers smooth engine performance at any driving speed. You’ll immediately feel a linear response that brings to life the refined, torque-rich response.

Sport Sharp Mode

Direct and strong shift points of the automatic transmission occur at a higher rpm, whilst downshifts take maximum advantage of the transmission’s blipping control to stay on top of Outback’s broad, flat torque curve.

Intelligent Mode

SI-DRIVE activates Intelligent Mode for immediate driving response and environmental responsibility. Throttle mapping balances smoothness and efficiency for an enhanced level of control.

*1 Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: According to EC715/2007-EC566/2011F.
*2 Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: According to EC715/2007-EC630/2012J.
*3 Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: According to UN /ECE R101.
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