Subaru has launched its fifth generation All-Wheel Drive Outback Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) with a suite of new technology, combined with sophisticated design and premium soft-touch interior trim that sets it apart from the crossover wagon pack.

A new feature-packed infotainment system introduces a wide array of new functions, plus speech recognition.

Amazingly, despite the comprehensive list of new features, efficiency, style and quality, Outback variants are priced at up to 17.2 per cent less than the superseded car.

New Outback shares the honour of safest ever Subaru along with new Liberty - achieving a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), with a total score of 35.99 out of a maximum possible 37.

Every new Outback 2.5 and 3.6-litre variant is also equipped with the award-winning EyeSight® driver assist system, which can help avoid accidents or reduce impact.

All Outbacks are more efficient too - 2.5-litre variants have reduced fuel consumption by 8.8 per cent in the combined cycle and emissions by 9.7 per cent. 2.0 diesel manual is 5.0 per cent more efficient in the combined cycle (3.1 per cent auto) and produces 6.3 per cent lower emissions (4.1 per cent auto), while 3.6-litre variants are 3.9 per cent more efficient in the combined cycle and have 5.0 per cent lower emissions.

Fuel efficiency is also aided by a 10 per cent improvement in aerodynamic performance.

New to Outback is the X-Mode feature that enhances driver safety and confidence on steep hills off-road, where the original crossover wagon's optimum ride height is also a significant advantage.

Other innovations include the active grille shutter, aiding fuel efficiency by improving aerodynamic performance on Outback 2.5i variants.

Outback's even more spacious cabin shows incredible attention to design detail, with everything from seat stitching to soft touch surfaces, switchgear and noise insulation designed to produce an air of premium comfort.

The wider opening doors, combined with high seating, make access and convenience easier than ever.

The cavernous cargo area adds to practicality, along with a rear door-space step that makes roof loading and unloading of the integrated crossbars easier.

Outback is underpinned by All-Wheel Drive, again highlighting Subaru's safety commitment, with an outstanding five-star rating for occupant safety from the respected Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Along with new Liberty, Outback shares the best-ever ANCAP tally for a Subaru of 35.99.

Underlining Outback's safety credentials is the addition of new generation EyeSight® driver assist, which adds new features that help reduce fatigue and the likelihood of collision risk or severity.

For the first time in a Subaru, the refined six-cylinder horizontally-opposed Boxer engine is mated to the efficient new-generation Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), producing great response and better fuel efficiency.

Among the Outback headlines:

  • Sophisticated, stylish new exterior - great on-road presence
  • Premium interior excellence - huge focus on detail quality, tactile surfaces, switchgear, space, quietness and comfort
  • X-Mode - takes the sure-footed safety advantages of All-Wheel Drive to even higher levels, with superior off-road capability on steep hills and rough roads
  • Active grille shutter - innovative feature on Outback 2.5i variants, incorporated into the lower front air dam - aids fuel efficiency and aerodynamic performance
  • Efficiency - economy and CO2 enhanced in all three engine options
    • Introduction of fuel-saving Automatic Stop Start on 2.5i variants
    • Aerodynamic performance improved 10 per cent
  • All-new infotainment - new level of onboard information and entertainment
    • Speech recognition across wide range of key functions
  • New generation EyeSight® - new driver-assist features
    • Brake light recognition
    • Pre-Collision Steering Assist
    • Distance and wide angle range improved approximately 40 per cent
  • Gearbox refinements - efficient Lineartronicâ„¢ CVT debuts on 3.6 litre models and further refined for other variants
    • All Outback CVTs are enhanced for less noise and even better response
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive advantage - the legendary stability, agility and safety of Symmetrical AWD is refined even further in Subaru's newest SUV
  • Powered cargo door - featured in range-topping variants, it includes a high-strength hanger for items such as wetsuits and the ability to set door opening height

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: "Outback pioneered the global crossover trend and this latest generation is clear proof that it remains a true leader in its class.

"Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru vehicles, made solid reliability, in any situation, a key focus in Outback's development.

"We're confident they've more than achieved that and this new car combines cosmopolitan comfort with go-anywhere ability, thanks to tremendous attention to design detail.

"For those that do want to go off the beaten track, Outback has sufficient ground clearance to rival many heavy duty four-wheel drives, while also offering outstanding driver visibility. And, of course, the addition of X-Mode gives even more confidence.

"But Outback is equally at home in the suburbs, where the combination of its Boxer engine, low centre of gravity and AWD powertrain creates stability and on-road handling that betters many passenger cars."

He added: "In-cabin quietness and outstanding fuel efficiency are also comparable to passenger cars, while expanded interior space provides roominess for all occupants and a massive cargo area.

"We're confident that the onboard information and entertainment systems are the most interactive yet offered in a Subaru too."

Mr Senior predicts sales of around 400 Outbacks per month.

Every new Subaru is eligible for the Capped Price Servicing program, which applies throughout the vehicle's lifetime - not just the three-year warranty period. It includes all items required as part of the standard scheduled service, as set out in the Maintenance Schedule of Subaru's Warranty and Service Handbooks. These include labour, genuine parts, factory specified oils and fluids, and even the environmental levy and supplies charge, which includes items such as oil and waste recycling.



Outback's high quality interior trim passes the soft-touch test and spares no detail, combining the spacious comfort, feel and utility normally associated with a premium passenger car - truly a crossover in name and nature.

Expanded cargo space, ease of entry and superior ride quality are also achieved, while the advanced infotainment offers intuitive operation of a wide variety of media.
Overall cabin room is expanded, including space between passengers, while in-cabin safety features are enhanced.

Moving the A-pillar base forward and door-mounting the side mirrors also creates a more open feel and improved visibility, while the wide dashboard adds to the wide body effect.

The driver's seat is designed to aid a sporty sense of excitement.

Close attention is paid to frequently touched parts and finishing details, as well as practicality, combining quality and function.

Space around occupants shoulders, elbows and hips, as well as the head and rear legroom are improved, while seats are expanded to ensure a relaxing, comfortable environment.

Seating positions are higher too, offering better visibility.



In addition to moving the A-pillar forward, front quarter windows are installed along with door-mounted side mirrors, reducing the blind spot created around the side mirrors, for increased forward visibility. This also allows the driver to see beyond turns when cornering, for safer driving. It also improves lighting, making the cabin feel more open.


The A-pillar base is moved forward 50 mm, putting more distance between driver and windscreen, for a spacious, open feel that exceeds the actual dimensions, while offering better visibility.


Quarter windows are installed in the A-pillar base. Introducing door-mounted side mirrors lessens the blind spot around the mirror and also increases the glass area.


The height and size of the instrument panel are designed to convey an open feel. The panel is lowered to improve visibility, while the design motif features straight lines, emphasizing width, while cutting central depth, ensuring ample forward space.


Distance between the front seats is expanded 10 mm, improving front seat comfort. In addition, 10 mm is shaved from the sash frame to create more headroom. Door trim structure is revised to expand space in the seated position. Shoulder room is up 42 mm, elbow room 43 mm and hip room 35 mm. The new generation EyeSight stereo camera cover has less intrusive overhang.


The distance between front and rear seats (tandem distance) is expanded 7 mm, improving rear seat comfort. Seat height is raised 10 mm, achieving natural and comfortable seating. Front seat slide rails are altered to secure an extra 30 mm in rear legroom, for more comfort. Door trim structure is revised to expand space in the seated position.


Height from the cargo area floor to the tonneau cover is raised from 387 mm to 407 mm for more volume, while the floor is even flatter for increased utility. New Outback has 512 litres of cargo space, up 22 litres. With increasing focus on workplace health and safety, the optional cargo barrier adds appeal to fleet, corporate and government buyers.


The factory-fitted satellite navigation and audio systems can be touch-operated in a similar way to smartphones and tablets, while the display and control systems of the air conditioner panel are also designed for easy visibility and use.

Other displays and switches are larger and easier to see - the driver's instrument cluster features two gauges and a large colour display in between.

A side-sill step makes it easy for a person to safely balance while loading or unloading items on the roof, such as bikes and canoes.


There is the choice of a sporty black interior or a bright new ivory.

In the black interior, silver highlights are added as a base tone, creating a horizontal effect, with a firm, sporty and spacious feel.

In the ivory interior, a sporty, bright effect is achieved, with the lower doors finished in black, in consideration of dirt.

Entry-level Outback 2.5i and 2.0 Diesel feature shimmering silver geometric grain trim highlights, with projections and indentations that add depth to its finish.

Range-topping 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R include high-quality glossy black trim highlights, with a sophisticated pattern on a jet black background.

Bands of decorative stitching are added to seat edges, highlighting the high quality finish in all variants.

The standard-grade seat coverings are made of a plush woven material.

Range-topping cars feature a sophisticated, yet sturdy, mole weave. It is made of flocked mole thread, producing a high-quality look.

Leather trim seats in Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R create a high quality look through use of a new standard of leather, with a more supple texture.


A large wide and flat information display is located in the centre of the dashboard.

The head units have easy-to-understand display screens, with the larger size making it easier to see driving and fuel efficiency information. This is presented in a central, concentrated area, for instant understanding and convenience.

New features include a vehicle information display, which features a record of fuel efficiency history.

In Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R, the head unit display includes a vast array of easily accessible information including:

  • Multi-meter traveling information + driving conditions
    • Includes accelerator opening, oil temperature (normally aspirated engines), X-Mode (CVT variants-only)/VDC, travel time/average speed
  • Multi-meter fuel efficiency information + driving information
    • Includes average fuel efficiency A, B, cruising distance, instantaneous fuel efficiency /ODO fuel efficiency/interval fuel efficiency


The combination of dual gauges is divided by a colour LCD display, creating a strong image with easy visual recognition.

Outback 2.0D and 2.0D Premium have a 3.5-inch LCD display and 2.5i, 2.5i Premium and 3.6R have a 5-inch display.

All Outbacks, with the exception of 2.0D, have a blue ring illumination function, enhancing visibility and texture. Functions are colour-coded for easy recognition - EyeSight warnings in relevant variants appear in red and when manual shift mode is selected on automatic models, orange is used. During the "welcome" function and normal driving, drivers can customize using any of 10 colours as the ring colour.

When the driver enters the car and closes the door, the needles, ring lights, speakers and the LCD display operate.

The passenger and rear seatbelt reminders and airbag indicator are displayed in the overhead console, preventing them from becoming a driver distraction and also improving visibility from the rear seat.

The hazard light switch is moved from the middle of the centre panel to the top, for greater visibility.

The power mirror and - on Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R mirror folding - switches are relocated to the door trim, closer to the side mirrors.

The steering wheel is equipped with a multifunction button array for operating the navigation, audio, radio and other multimedia, without releasing the wheel. This allows for quick, direct operation, by pressing the cursor.

A second button is added to the active cruise control on petrol variants, for smoother use of the vehicle distance settings, which increase from three to four.

The toggle for active cruise control speed settings has a second level for finer, quicker speed settings. (Level 1: Adjusts speed by 1 km/h increments; Level 2: adjusts by 10 km/h increments).

The X-Mode, hill hold and electric parking brake switches are located on the upper part of the console.

The trip/reset switch is located below the instrument gauges for easier use.

The power cargo door can easily be operated by pressing a switch on the door itself, or near the driver's seat; or by pressing and holding the rear gate switch on the keyless key. Pressing the switch while the door is being opened stops the gate at that position. Pressing the switch again continues to close it. A memory function switch allows the height of the cargo door to be set by the driver. The cargo door will reverse its motion if the open/close button is pressed accidentally, or if the door hits a person or object, even slightly.


"MAX A/C" easily activates quick cooling with a single switch. Every Outback is equipped with auto air conditioning, which sets temperature control to low, air volume to MAX, blow mode to VENT, fresh air/recirculate to RECIRCULATE, and A/C to ON. If the MAX A/C switch is pushed during this operation, the air-conditioner returns to the immediately preceding setting.

A temperature control dial enables quicker control.

The heater control panel can now also display the outside air temperature.


The front seat lumbar support mechanism includes a resin plate for a wider support area. Burden on the lower back during long drives is reduced, further improving comfort.

In addition to front headrest height adjustment, the angle can also be adjusted to one of five settings.

A band of decorative stitching is added to the top of the front and rear seat ridges, for a more luxurious finish, running up the seat cushion and backrest.

Seatback storage pockets are enclosed, and the width extended, improving usability.

Seat shape, body pressure distribution and other factors were quantified in both front and rear seat development to achieve ideal comfort - and safety.

In the rear, large saddle-shaped headrests improve passenger safety during rear collisions. Outback rear seats have a recline function too.

Cushion length is increased by 12 mm to 358 mm, width by 14 mm to 342 mm and backrest width by 9 mm to 330 mm.


Front seat heaters on Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R have three-level temperature control, located next to the heater controls, for easy visibility.

The capacity of the roof lining glasses case is increased, housing a pair of 70 mm-thick, sport-type sunglasses.

Models with factory-fitted SatNav and premium audio have two USB ports, allowing two connected devices to charge while listening to music.

A storage pocket with lid is added in front of the gear shifter. It contains a 12 V power outlet, USB port, AUX port and lighting, for increased utility.

The volume of the armrest cushion is increased to improve comfort. Console box volume is greater too. A middle tray is installed in the console, including a coin holder.

Switches located at the rear of the gear shifter, are for Electric Park Brake, Hill Hold (2.0D manual) and X-Mode (CVT variants-only), for easy usability.

EyeSight variants now have standard-sized sun visors, due to the smaller stereo cameras.

Map light lenses double as the on/off switch.

The rear door cargo handle in Outback is strengthened, providing a useful hanging rail when open for items such as wetsuits.

For increased cargo capacity and usability, the convenience and ease of loading and unloading is improved. Outback has a 512 litre capacity, while the height from tonneau cover to cargo floor is extended 20 mm to 407 mm. The floor surface is flatter too, at just 1.6°. The cargo area sub-floor houses a jack, tools and full-size alloy spare wheel. The size is increased by 11 litres to 47 litres.

The A-pillar trim comprises tricot skin material, which is the same as the roof trim, enhancing the sense of quality.

The soft padding of the upper dashboard is slush-moulded, a process which is good for transcribing grains and reproducing detailed shapes.

The cushion layer used for the front part of the seats, console and door armrests improves texture and comfort.

Silver decorative frames are added to the side ventilation grilles, for a quality feel.

Interior door handle grips are made of slip-resistant material, while front door grips have blue LEDs inside, which activate when lights are turned on, or doors opened, improving occupant visibility.

The cloth portion of the door trim is also expanded.


Outback offers advanced infotainment with intuitive operation of a multiple media.

The new wide and flat display is centrally located. The navigation and audio controls are intuitive, similar to smartphones and tablets. The screen is larger than a traditional multi-function display and positioned for easy viewing and access while driving.

The display offers summaries of relevant information on driving and fuel economy.

The new head unit has a visible, easy-to-use large LCD display, which has smartphone sensing and operational support.

There are summary displays of relevant information including:

  • Multi-meter driving system (driving info screen)
  • Multi-meter fuel economy (driving info screen)
  • Fuel economy history (multi-meter fuel economy info screen)

Operation is via an easy-to-understand and unified Graphical User Interface (GUI). It features touch panel operation (flick, pinch and double tap), similar to smartphones.

List selections (such as song list and phone directory) can be made via a steering wheel switch.

The system introduces speech recognition for phrases and dialog.

Range-topping Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R offer a raft of new features including:

  • 12-speaker harman kardon sound - Outback 3.6R
  • Pandora connectivity - 2.5i Premium, 3.6R and 2.0D Premium
  • Pinch (zoom in/out) - 2.5i Premium, 3.6R and 2.0D Premium

Entry level vehicles have a simple switch layout and a pressure-sensitive 6.2-inch touch panel for intuitive operation.

The "Home" and "Source" selection screens are newly created. Buttons are grouped as large icons, making the screens easy-to-understand.

On range-topping Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R, the factory-fitted SatNav screen is operated by pinching and double-tapping. The audio list and telephone directory are operated by flicking and sliding.

By pushing the "List Shortcut" steering switch, it is possible to jump to the audio list currently playing and to make selections with cross key operation, improving usability.

Sentence pattern speech recognition works across a wide range of functions including factory-fitted SatNav, telephone, audio and air conditioning.

In navigation, the destination can be set by continuously stating information, from house number to state name.

Hands-free telephone is made easy, through verbal command of numbers or contacts.

In audio, after song selection from an iPod using its title, the user can then choose a different album by the same artist.

Air-conditioner temperature settings can be changed by specifying a value directly.

Information from the navigation system or telephones needed during driving, is now conveniently displayed in a colour LCD located in the centre of the instrument cluster.


The six-speaker system featured in Outback 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.0D and 2.0D Premium and the 12-speaker system in 3.6R have distinct acoustic settings, ensuring optimum playback.


harman kardon GreenEdge technology is newly introduced in Outback.

The speaker system is enhanced and acoustic performance improved, with high-range noise reduced.

The system offers high efficiency, with reduced heat generation and energy consumption.

This is achieved via a power amplifier and speakers that support GreenEdge, the latest in harman kardon technology, combined with Tracking Power Supply control.

Rear sub-woofer size is increased, strengthening the sense of power in low-pitched tones. An instrument panel centre speaker is added to improve sound image localization.

High-range "white noise" is reduced as the gain can be controlled on the amplifier side using volume data from the head unit.


Stronger, more vivid design promotes Outback's unique crossover combination of passenger car and SUV traits.

The dynamic exterior offers both expressive body styling and functional safety protection.

Outback has a stronger, more powerful design shape, promoting its stylish, distinctive and confident wagon strengths.

Raised quarter panel shoulders and large diameter wheels produce sharper, muscular proportions.

A powered cargo door is available for the first time on Outback, in 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R.

The cargo door handle has a sturdy grip for added functionality. It can also support a hanger load of 3 kg.

The rear door spaces have side sill foot steps, for an easy, secure foot hold when loading items on the integrated roof rail crossbars.

Overall vehicle length is increased by 25 mm to 4815 mm, width by 20 mm to 1840 mm and height by 25 mm to 1675 mm.

Despite the more spacious cabin, wheelbase remains at 2745 mm and minimum ground clearance at 213 mm.


New Outback features Subaru's classic hexagonal grille and hawk eye headlights that integrate with the body lines to produce a distinctive, stylish look.

The new nose cone design also offers greater protection in light collisions.

Rear LED combination lights draw on the hawk eye theme, underlining Outback's integrated visual presence.

Under and side body protection, plus large front fog lights, emphasize the wagon's stylish yet sturdy appearance.

Crossbar-type hinged roof rails easily swing into place for extra roof-top carrying options. Metallic-type coating on Outback 3.6R adds to the classy look.

Outback's ride height offers commanding views and a sense of safety which is highlighted off-road with its excellent road clearance.

The silhouette displays elegant proportions and style, aided by the A-pillars moved forward and lower rear roofline, producing a smooth, flowing effect.

The shoulder line height adds to the solid yet sophisticated look.

To improve aerodynamic performance, Outback has a large rear spoiler.

Rear combination lights have more wrap-around, for a sharper design and are flat-shaped for a wider feel.


For Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R variants with keyless access, a touch sensor is installed in the driver's side door handle, eliminating the need to press the fob unlock button. Attention to detail includes the front door "arm checker" that prevents abrupt opening when force is applied. It also means the opening action can easily be stopped.


The door hinge angles are tilted forward, producing greater opening, up 15 mm to 550 mm, for more space to enter or exit. Head clearance is also improved when the doors are half opened.


The power cargo door on Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R is easily opened and closed, even when hands are full. The low-noise motor is compactly designed to fit snugly in the rear quarter panel, meaning no loss in door opening area or cargo space, and minimal overhang into the cargo area. This also retains rearward visibility. The door has a convenient stop position memory function that can be set when using parking spaces with low clearance, or hauling long objects on the roof.


Wing mirrors are mounted on the front doors to reduce blind spots and increase the glass area. A benefit of this is wind noise reduction, by separating the car body and mirror. Cabin noise is also reduced via airtight windows. The mirrors are more aerodynamic and shaped for easy visibility, even in poor weather.


LED tail and stop lights are used, adding style and conserving power, which aids fuel efficiency. The sharper, flat design produces a wider feel, helped also by the lights being 20 mm lower, while wrap around is extended by 70 mm.


All Outbacks have a large rear spoiler to improve aerodynamic performance, merging with the roof panel for a streamlined effect.


There are new alloy wheel designs, all lightened for aerodynamic effect, to help fuel efficiency. Outback 2.0D has 17-inch wheels and all other variants 18-inch. All spare wheels are full-sized alloys.


Models equipped with sunroofs have a 35 mm larger front-to-back opening, while the weight is reduced.


Aerodynamic performance is improved 10 per cent by increasing front windshield slope, lowering the roof rear, enlarging the rear spoiler, smoothing the shape of front and rear bumper corners and wheel air flaps; introducing new lighter wheel design shapes and enlarging and reshaping the body under cover.


  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Tungsten Metallic
  • Lapis Blue Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Venetian Red Pearl
  • Deep Sea Blue Pearl



Every Outback has a horizontally opposed Boxer engine variant, each refined for even greater efficiency.

FHI engineers aim for Outback to achieve leading environmental performance in its mid-sized SUV class.

Engine power is up 2 Kilowatts in 2.5i variants and made easier to handle, while the Lineartronic CVTs have new shift controls, offering the choice of step-less or step-shifting, for instant response.

The new controls offer an even better integration of smooth acceleration from launch to high speeds and a pleasant, linear ride.

RPM peaking is eliminated for light, quiet, pleasant acceleration.

Outback achieves impressive fuel economy in its class. Its environmental performance may even satisfy customers who previously dismissed mid-sized SUVs for fuel economy concerns.





2.5 normally aspirated

7.3 l/100 km, -8.8%

167, -9.7%


2.0 turbo diesel manual

5.7 l/100 km, -5.0%

148, -6.3%


2.0 turbo diesel CVT

6.3 l/100 km, -3.1%

165, -4.1%


3.6 normally aspirated CVT

9.9 l/100 km, -3.9%

230, -5.0%



Outback offers a more polished, higher quality ride.

Besides its recognised off-road capability, Outback's handling performance, predictable stability and refined comfort are elevated to a new level.

Body stability and chassis performance are improved, underpinned by the sure-footed benefits of symmetrical AWD.

Suppression of body roll, road surface bumps and road noise combines with great straight-line stability and predictable reactions, producing quick, linear handling and a comfortable, flat, quality ride.


Environmental performance is improved without spoiling driving excitement. This is achieved by drastically reducing friction in rotational parts and a lighter body, together with aerodynamic advances.

The new active grille shutter also helps improve fuel economy, while windscreen angle helps aerodynamic efficiency too, together with the raked roof rear end and large spoiler, plus lighter weight and aerodynamic wheels.


The active grille shutter on Outback 2.5i variants is an innovative feature incorporated into the lower front air dam. It closes when driving to reduce resistance. It helps reduce friction and warms the engine faster when cold, increasing fuel efficiency. With the shutter open, negative pressure (air resistance) is generated. With the shutter closed, cool air reduces, to warm the engine up while also improving aerodynamic efficiency.


On Outback 2.5i variants, Automatic Stop Start stops the engine when the vehicle is temporarily stopped at traffic lights and junctions, reducing fuel consumption when idling.



Projector-type headlights are combined with parabolic reflectors with inner lenses, for great light distribution. The LED headlight design produces illumination performance compatible with the expanded field of view of the EyeSight stereo cameras (not available on diesel variants).

The headlights instantly reach maximum output after being turned on, making the field of vision immediate - even when surroundings suddenly become dark, such as when entering a tunnel.

A new "Welcome Home Light" function turns the low beam lights on when occupants get in or out of the vehicle.

The use of LEDs and technology enabling a more compact/lightweight design has lowered weight by 0.3 kg per vehicle.


The visible area at night is expanded, so that obstacles and pedestrians can easily be spotted, while lessening driver fatigue.


Keyless entry with an "answer-back" feature means all doors can be locked and unlocked remotely. The car's security status can be identified from hazard lights flashing patterns.

The key fob is designed with metal decorations and a central Subaru logo ornament that doubles as door-opener switch.

There is also the option to use a five-digit PIN code to unlock the door, without carrying the access key. When registering the PIN code, the access key can be used to deactivate the "keyless access" and "start" feature. Deactivation allows the doors to be locked with the access key left inside the vehicle.


Three engine variants are available in Outback.


Substantial improvements are made over the superseded FB25 engine, with emphasis on accessible, increased power in a practical range; nimble driving and mid to low-range torque, while meeting environmental needs.

It produces 129 Kilowatts of power at 5800 rpm and 235 Newtonmetres of torque at 4000 rpm.

Significant changes around the intake, exhaust and combustion systems improve fuel economy.

New vibration and noise controls are also incorporated to improve quality, while reducing weight.


Base thickness is reduced from 3.5 mm to 3.2 mm for reduced weight, without affecting rigidity.


A new high-tumble intake port shape is used, improving fuel efficiency and power output.

Intake valve diameter is increased from 34 mm to 36 mm, expanding intake passage area. Valve pitch also increases from 39 mm to 41mm.

Valve position and intake ports of the Tumble Generator Valve (TGV) are reshaped to improve volumetric efficiency and strengthen intake tumble. This enhances volumetric efficiency in the high-torque range and combustion efficiency in low-torque range, producing high power and fuel efficiency.

The TGV is changed, from separate aluminium parts to a unified resin design, reducing the number of parts and weight.


Fuel efficiency is improved by optimizing the valve cracking temperature of the thermostat from 90 to 91.


The crown surface is raised, increasing the compression ratio from 10.0 to 10.3, for improved combustion efficiency, also improving fuel efficiency and power output.

The centre weight location and skirt shape are optimized to reduce vibration noise. Skirt coating is changed, reducing friction and improving fuel efficiency.

Top piston rings and oil rings have a coat of Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) for improved wear resistance. By reducing tension and thereby friction, fuel efficiency is improved.


A mass is added to the left-hand exhaust cam sprocket, reducing noise from timing chain engagement.


The alternator's fixing method is changed, improving rigidity and reducing the resonant level of the accessory belt system. Pulley diameter is reduced from 55 mm to 52.5 mm, lessening the beat noise of the belt.


Along with intake and exhaust system changes, resonator and side branch shapes are optimized, reducing intake noise. Surface treatment is also changed, refining its appearance.


A dedicated circuit is set for cooling EGR gas and a separate high-efficiency cooler is adopted, increasing gas induction rate and combustion efficiency - improving fuel efficiency.


A new generation light ECU is used, equipped with a micro-controller, which allows for further environmental measures with advanced, precise control. Complying with requirements for Accelerator Control Systems, logic is added to cut fuel to all cylinders at vehicle speeds of at least 48 km/h when - and only when - the vehicle is in failure mode.


A new sensor measures the charging/discharging current, voltage, and temperature of the battery with greater precision, enabling more reliable management of the battery's charging status. The alternator's electric power generation is controlled based on measurement data, managing the battery's charging state.


The manifold collector is changed, shrinking the surface area. This reduces weight and increases high temperature performance of the catalytic converter. Pressure loss is reduced while improving power with increased diameter manifold pipes. Reducing the flat area of the collector improves radiated sound.


Reduced intake resistance improves fuel economy while maintaining power performance. Intake sound is tuned to produce a pleasant, congruous engine tone. The intake path is enlarged, reducing resistance by around 26 per cent.


Exhaust pipe assembly includes a new rear chamber, for weight reduction. Rear pipe diameter is changed to improve booming noise, while stainless steel is used in the rear flange and bracket for better rust resistance. Rear layout appearance is enhanced too.


The 3.6 litre engine is based on the EZ engine Subaru spent many years refining to hone character and performance.

For the first-time it is mated with a Lineartronic CVT, with no loss of environmental and fuel consumption performance, while complying with fuel economy and regulatory demands.

It produces 191 Kilowatts of power at 6000 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque at 4400 rpm.


Precision of connecting rod assembly is improved through use of new materials, optimising Lineartronic CVT compatibility.


Engine cooling performance is improved by adjusting the valve cracking temperature of the thermostat from 82 to 78.


Use of the CVT requires purge flow changes. The valve is redesigned for high flow (from 40 l to 90 l) and inside diameter of the pipe is enlarged.


A new generation light ECU is used, equipped with a micro-controller that allows for further environmental measures with advanced, precise control. It is located on the right side of the engine, reducing engine harness weight.


As with the 2.5 litre engine, a new sensor measures the charging/discharging current, voltage, and temperature of the battery with more precision, enabling more reliable management of the battery's charging status. The alternator's electric power generation is controlled based on measurement data, managing battery charging state.


Pulley diameter is reduced from 55 mm to 52.5 mm, decreasing beat noise of the accessory belt.


Exhaust pipe assembly includes a new rear chamber, for weight reduction. Stainless steel is used in the rear flange and bracket for improved rust resistance. Rear layout appearance is enhanced too.


Subaru's diesel engines are already known for their efficiency, light weight and high rigidity, and the unit in new Outback incorporates a full range of structural and other improvements to meet strict European emissions standards (EURO 6b).

It produces 110 Kilowatts of power at 3600 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque from 1600-2800 rpm.

Fuel economy is improved, vibrations and noise reduced, while torque characteristic are revised, improving handling.


Cylinders are now open deck types, improving casting quality and reducing weight.


A timing chain is used as the fuel pump drive method, replacing reduction gears. Gear sound is reduced and fuel economy improved by using a low-friction chain.


Piston crown capacity is increased and the compression ratio lowered from 16.3 (CVT) and 16.0 (manual) to 15.2, lowering combustion temperature and reducing NOx, for emission improvements. Piston skirt coating is changed to reduce sliding resistance and improve fuel economy.


The use of a new, fourth generation common rail system enables a higher injection pressure. The fuel spray is finer, enabling diesel fuel control and helping control emissions. Fuel pressurizing pump performance is improved, up from 180 Mpa to 200 Mpa.


The new generation injector's driver unit is built in, enabling a lower fuel leak volume, reducing fuel pump load and improving fuel economy. Injection can be precisely controlled, improving quality through better responsiveness and resistance to contaminants.

Glow plugs are changed, improving preheating temperature at start-up and increasing after-glow time, enhancing start-up performance and emissions. A new, dedicated control unit is added, improving control.


A low pressure EGR circuit is added. The low pressure circuit has a new valve, cooler and exhaust pressure adjustment valve. This produces an improved EGR rate, lowering the temperature during diesel combustion and lessening NOx.

The high-pressure EGR circuit is optimized, extracting EGR gas from the cylinder head ports and returning it to the intake system.


The turbocharger is placed at the bottom right of the engine, improving emissions control performance and lowering the centre of gravity, while the variable nozzle mechanism is improved. It achieves efficient supercharging in a wide range of operation zones. This is through optimum control of vane aperture around the exhaust turbine, in various conditions, including low-load. Exhaust efficiency is enhanced and pumping loss reduced, improving base emissions and achieving higher output.


An exhaust pressure adjustment valve is added to adjust the flow rate of the low-pressure EGR system. It can be controlled to the target EGR rate for the operation zone.

An electronically controlled throttle valve is placed in the exhaust pipe, adjusting the pressure. The new design is created for heat resistance and to handle different road conditions, such as mud and snow damage.


Optimizing the DPF substrate specifications and improving regeneration performance enables a shorter DPF length. The type and amount of precious metals in the oxidation catalyzer and DPF catalyzer are optimized, improving regeneration and emissions control.


A sensor is added to improve emissions performance.


The number of idlers used in the auxiliary belt system is reduced together with belt friction, helping improve fuel economy. Pulley vibrations in the alternator are absorbed by a de-coupler, reducing noise.


A new sensor measures the charging/discharging current, voltage and battery temperature with more precision, enabling more reliable management of the charging status. The alternator's electric power generation is controlled based on measurement data, managing battery charging state.


The shape and design are changed, producing less noise. Polyurethane sound-absorbing materials are placed at optimum positions on the engine.


The rear flange and bracket material plus pipe and plate end material are changed, improving rust prevention. Rear layout is also changed, improving appearance of the rear exhaust system surface.


A thin plate filler pipe reduces weight, while an aerodynamic tank protector and high efficiency fuel pump aid economy. The compact and lightweight fuel tank also reduces weight.

The filler pipe features a split construction used for the neck (threaded) portion, reducing pipe body thickness, saving around 100 g.

Fuel tank capacity is reduced from 65 to 60 litres, reducing weight by about 0.9 kg. The fuel tank bottom protector surface is lowered and enlarged, and the shape of its connection to the rear under cover optimized, improving underfloor aerodynamics.


The fuel pump is a high-efficiency, power-saving type, improving fuel economy.



Friction within the transmission is reduced, improving fuel efficiency, while a vibration noise reducer is added.

The Automatic Stop Start helps produce outstanding fuel economy in combination with the Lineartronic CVT, which vastly improves both efficiency and responsiveness. New shift controls provide a lighter ride with a more linear feel, integrating with engine sound through the choice of step-less and step-shifting. This provides drivability with CVT smoothness, and a quiet ride that always stays true to driver intentions.

Lineartronic CVTs produce a nimble and pleasant ride, with no shift shock and optimal gear ratios, even on winding roads and hills. A new transmission control limits any tendency for engine speed to accelerate faster than pedal input.

Acceleration is linear with pedal input when, for example, accelerating rapidly on freeway merges.


Transmission control, based on pedal input, between step-less and stepped gearing, improves drivability.


Using paddle shifting, the driver can select preferred gear quickly, without taking their hands from the wheel. The result: an enjoyable, sporty, driving experience.

Choosing a six-speed configuration for normal driving allows for a wider gear step ratio, keeping the gear matched to engine rpms, with less shifting.

Operating the paddle shifters while in the D-range activates temporary manual mode. When the transmission detects that speed has become constant, it automatically returns to the D-range.

Starting from stationary in second gear is enabled. This reduces wheel spin on snow or other slippery surfaces.


New dampers capable of handling the expanded lock up range are installed, reducing fuel consumption and engine noise.


A CVTF warmer improves fuel economy by warming up cold engines faster.


The pulley baffle is enlarged and an oil spacer and front differential baffle added, lowering fluid stir loss, reducing transmission friction and improving fuel economy.


Dynamic dampers are added to the cradle mounting brackets, reducing transmission vibration from the bracket and chain noise.


A roller bearing is used for the rear side of the primary pulley, improving stiffness, which can reduce chain noise.


Using a new tooth configuration on the oil pump rotor reduces noise, for a quieter ride.


The TCU is moved from inside the cabin onto the transmission to streamline the body harness.


The HCVT in Outback 3.6R and Outback 2.0D variants improves both efficiency and power delivery. It has a newly designed forward-reverse mechanism and reverse gear ratio is changed, improving reverse driving power and control. New shift controls achieve great drivability with the smoothness of a CVT. A vibration noise reducer is added to aid quietness.


The planetary structure for switching between forward and reverse is changed from a single to a double pinion, with a lower gear ratio for improved reverse drive power.


Using the six-speed configuration for normal driving allows for a wider gear step ratio, keeping the gear matched to engine rpms with less shifting (in Intelligent and Sport modes).

The 2.0 diesel CVT models have a seven speed manual mode.


Reshaping the sound insulation cover and adding Thynsulate reduces chain noise for a quieter ride.


Using a new tooth configuration on the oil pump rotor reduces noise.


New dampers capable of handling the expanded lock up range are installed, reducing fuel consumption and engine noise.


The AWD system is electronically controlled with a multi-plate clutch (MP-T) in the transfer case, distributing torque to the rear wheels.

The Transfer Control Unit keeps base torque distribution at a 60:40 front-rear split, adjusting and distributing torque in real time for acceleration, climbing, cornering and other driving conditions. When slip is detected in the front wheels, torque to the rear wheels is increased to secure traction.


Improved differential speed corrections result from torque input. Speed of all four wheels, plus precision of front-rear torque distribution is improved, using steering wheel angle, yaw rate and lateral acceleration signals from the VDC system. This improves initial steering response on corner entry and enables precise control, limiting noise and optimising tight corner braking. Controls also limit wheel spin when starting from stationary on slippery surfaces, raising AWD effectiveness, for a safer feel.


The gear ratio for the new rear differential is fine-tuned for its debut in 3.6 litre variants with HCVT, aiding fuel economy and reliability.


Low-friction bearings are installed in two locations. The hypoid gear ratio is newly set to 4.111 in 3.6 litre variants, matching HCVT applications.


In Outback 2.0D, the gear ratios for first and second are tuned to produce both environmental and responsive performance.

The torque-heavy diesel engine characteristic and wider ratio maintain good fuel economy and low noise at high speed, whether on freeways or in town.


This system does not use electronic controls, while offering versatile torque distribution across the operating range. Mechanical AWD combines a bevel gear centre differential and viscous LSD. The centre differential distributes traction at a 50:50 front-rear split. If front and rear wheels spin at different speeds, the viscous LSD controls the centre differential's motion, securing stable traction.


In all normally aspirated petrol CVT variants, SI-Drive lets the driver select the engine and transmission characteristic to suit their desired driving style, road feel, or type of use.

Outback 2.5i variants offer two engine characteristics, Intelligent (I), Sports (S).

Outback 3.6R adds Sports Sharp (S#).

They provide fun, safety and comfort for any type of vehicle use.


  • S# - designed for maximum engine performance and response. Reacts to the accelerator with a direct response and acceleration feel.
  • S - enables linear acceleration from any vehicle speed range. An all-round mode that provides ample grand touring performance.
  • INTELLIGENT - power output in response to accelerator operation is moderate, creating smooth, environmentally-friendly performance. Also enables easy handling on snow-covered or slippery surfaces. The Intelligent mode throttle characteristic is designed for low fuel consumption. The ECO gauge helps reduce fuel consumption by providing driver information on fuel-efficient driving.


All CVT models have active control, which provides assistance to deliver the optimum pulley ratio for the driving style and environment (road surface conditions). Level of assistance is tuned to the road conditions and selected SI-Drive mode.

  • Upgrade/downgrade control - downshifts according to gradient, ensuring stable power or engine braking. Operates in I, S, or S#.
  • Accelerator rapid release control - Interprets sudden accelerator release as intention to reduce speed, inhibiting upshift and ensuring engine braking. Operates in S and S#.
  • Braking control - Speeds the timing of downshift, ensuring drive power when accelerating after braking. Operates in S and S#.
  • Cornering control - Inhibits unneeded shifting when cornering, ensuring stable drive power. Operates in S and S#.


The Automatic Stop Start system is new to Outback 2.5i variants. It automatically stops the engine when the driver temporarily pulls up at red lights and junctions, improving fuel efficiency.

The engine stops after 0.5 of a second and restarts 0.35 of a second after brake release.

The feature can be cancelled with a switch.

It is disabled when X-Mode is engaged, the electric cargo door is in use, the driver's door is opened, the driver's seatbelt is unfastened, a passenger door is left open, or brake pedal disengaged.

When the hazard lights are engaged, auto stop start remains active.


Parts such as the dedicated starter and ICR relay are newly designed for use with Auto Stop Start. The ICR relay stabilizes power supply during stops and inhibits gauges and lights from flickering.

Lineartronic CVT models have a starter with a new tandem solenoid. A mechanism absorbs rotation differences in the pinion gears connecting the motor and flywheel.

It keeps the motor and engine connected, even when engine operation doesn't stop completely, enabling change-of-mind control.


When the driver wants to restart the engine soon after stopping, such as at traffic lights or due to congestion, the system uses a tandem solenoid in the starter, for finely-tuned handling. The lag time is greatly shortened to provide change-of-mind control, enabling engine restarts within 0.2 second.


When the engine is restarted after an idling stop, the subsidiary power supply reduces voltage from the starter operation, stabilizing power to loads such as the navigation system and interior lights.


The Auto Stop Start system has its own long-life battery.SPECIAL RING GEAR

A special ring gear engaged by the starter pinion reduces vibration and noise when engine starting.


To give the driver a visual display of the function, the MFD displays a count of the engine stop time and the amount of fuel saved in Outback 2.5i and Outback 2.5i Premium.


The electric oil pump supplies oil to the forward clutch hydraulic circuit while the engine is stopped, reducing lag when restarting and clutch coupling shock when moving forward. It enables smooth, shock-free acceleration from rest after an engine stop.


The Hill Holder function provides peace-of-mind for auto stops on hills. The engine stop function is disabled on steep gradients.

The electric power steering is turned off when the engine is stopped, reducing electric energy waste.

A new sensor is added to the air-conditioner, ensuring a comfortable cabin environment while improving fuel economy, when Auto Stop Start is operational.


X-Mode is another new feature, on all Outback CVT variants. With the push of a button, it allows drivers to safely and confidently navigate rough roads, slippery surfaces and steep inclines that would immobilize many other vehicles, due to spinning and slipping tyres. It provides off-road capability rivalling that of some heavy duty four wheel drives.

X-Mode improves all-terrain performance on rough roads by optimizing integrated control of the engine, AWD and brakes. It uses Hill Descent Control to keep vehicle speed constant, providing peace-of-mind on steep descents.

It has unique torque characteristics, with torque lowered for accelerator opening, preventing sudden input, to improving driver control.


  • ECU - dedicated torque map setting - improves control
    • In low load range, sudden torque fluctuation is avoided with late throttle opening, improving drivability.
    • In high load range, maximum torque is rapidly achieved with quick throttle, improving drivability on rough roads.
    • Effective at 40 km/h or less.
  • TCU - Dedicated AWD control - improves traction
    • AWD clutch-locking power increased by 25 per cent, reducing rotational differences between front and rear wheels in all situations, improving traction.
    • Effective at 40 km/h or less.
  • TCU - Dedicated transmission control - improves control
    • Maximises driving power by setting the gear ratio low and turning off the lock-up.
    • Effective at 40 km/h or less.
  • VDC - Strengthened LSD control - improves traction
    • Traction improved on slippery roads by setting a dedicated control for rotational differences between left and right wheels. Quickens brake pressurization speed when wheel rotation differences occur; delays brake depressurization when wheel rotation converges.
    • Effective at 40 km/h or less.
  • VDC - Hill Descent Control - improves control
    • Brake control is performed to maintain vehicle speed when accelerating or ceasing braking, when descending a steep downhill. Lets the driver concentrate on steering without having to brake.
    • Effective at 20 km/h or less.

When X-Mode is selected, the setting appears on the LCD instrument cluster screen and centre display, providing visual information to the driver.


When in X-Mode, descents or other terrain that might cause unwarranted speed increases automatically activate Hill Descent Control, keeping vehicle speed constant. Speed adjustments are performed by brake control.


  • Accelerator pedal is depressed to increase speed up to 20 km/h while driving at 15 km/h. Releasing the pedal continues driving at 20 km/h.
  • Brake pedal is depressed to decrease speed down to 15km/h while driving at 20 km/h. Releasing the pedal continues driving at 15km/h.

While operating the accelerator or brake pedal, driver inputs are prioritized and HDC is disabled.

As the control is based on vehicle speed information rather than gradient estimation, speed can be maintained even when entering descents from flat roads.

The driver can simply concentrate on handling while making turns on descent and let the vehicle do the braking.


Multi-Plate Transfer (MP-T) fastening power is increased, distributing optimal torque to all four wheels via the VDC's LSD feature. This improves hill climbing and driving performance, even when opposing or diagonal wheels float from the ground on uneven surfaces.


The chassis suppresses roll, giving Outback ride quality and driving performance ahead of many rivals. Among the changes, chassis rigidity and hub bearing diameter are increased, and steering assist optimized.


Crash safety performance is improved using high-strength materials and changes to the body structure.

Body rigidity improvements have enhanced steering stability and ride quality, as well as reducing vibration and noise.

The body is higher quality and quieter, with a better exterior finish.

Aerodynamic performance and fuel economy are further improved by optimizing the under body configuration and wheel air flaps.

FHI engineers focused on:

  • Crash safety performance
  • Body rigidity and steering stability
  • Quality feel - including reduced vibration, noise and enhanced airtightness
  • Environmental performance - reduced weight and improved aerodynamics.

Torsional rigidity is improved around 167 per cent in Outback, aiding steering stability, ride comfort, vibration noise and durability.

The cradle and front suspension mounts are stiffened, restricting body deformation from front suspension input. This quickens vehicle response to steering wheel input.

Local rigidity is increased at suspension-vehicle connection points, limiting vibration transmission.

Overall body torsional rigidity is improved with rear-end body and new floor stiffening components. Damping for road vibrations from tyres and suspension is quickened.

Body panel parts are thickened and sound insulation expanded and added, reducing noise. Outer panel gap is reduced too.

The toe board, rear wheel apron, front seat under panel, floor panels and other panel components through which external sounds can enter, are all thickened. Insulation dividing the engine and passenger compartments is enlarged too.

To increase airtight sealing in the cabin and throughout the vehicle, insulation is installed in the body frame, eliminating unneeded holes and gaps, and reducing noise.

Space between the bonnet and front wings, wings and body panels, and cargo door/boot and rear wings, is reduced for better panel surface continuity, improving exterior appearance.


Hot pressing and 980 MPa metals are used for the body frame, counterbalancing the mass increase due to impact performance and rigidity.

Rear bumper beams, front and centre pillars are hot pressed.

The aluminium bonnet greatly reduces weight, by around 7 kg, as well as optimizing front-rear weight distribution.

The front beams are made of roll-formed high tensile steel that achieves the same strength as hot-pressing.

New engine mounts and spring characteristics are tuned for improved noise vibration, steering stability performance, and ride comfort.

Straight line stability and steering response is improved too.

A transmission cross member with closed cross-section helps reduce floor vibrations on CVT models.


The propeller shaft has a collapsible structure, enhancing safety in heavy collisions. It reduces the force of impact, without interfering with the engine moving backward.

Vibrations and noise are reduced too, for a quieter, more comfortable ride.


Hub bearings are larger, with a 114.3 mm Pitch Centre Diameter (PCD) for increased rigidity. An inner seal prevents inflow of muddy water into the bearings, for better reliability and reduced rotation resistance, improving fuel economy.


Steering provides an accurate, natural feel, using an integrated electro-mechanical Electric Power Steering system (EPS), which is light weight and compact, with high output.

Among the changes:

  • New tie rod ends
  • Universal joints phased to neutral
  • Steering wheel redesigned
  • Steering wheel and column rigidity increased
  • Steering gear ratio quickened for Outback models from 16:1 to 14.0:1 (same as Liberty sedan)


All models have integrated electro-mechanical EPS. Motor output is improved for better performance and quality. Tie rod rigidity is optimized for better vehicle turn-in.

This also helps decrease driver fatigue, by reducing the need for corrective steering when cornering. Universal joints are phased to neutral, limiting differences between the force required to steer left and right, for a smooth feel.

Quickening of the steering gear ratio improves vehicle turn-in under normal use.


Steering wheel metal core rigidity is increased by 13 per cent, for a more solid feel.


The steering column is newly configured for more rigidity, retaining some aluminium material. Weight is reduced by 15 per cent while maintaining a quality feel.


A dynamic rubber-floating inflator damper is added to the structure of the driver's seat airbag, reducing vibrations in a wider frequency range.


New front struts and rear shock absorbers are finely tuned, providing balance between steering stability and ride quality. Better ride quality results from reduced flutter, low-frequency and floor vibration, and further improved straight-line stability and quietness. Driving performance is also aided by improved yaw/lateral G responsiveness, roll, and risk aversion abilities.


Steering vibration is reduced through refinements including knuckle arm diameter increase and liquid-sealed front bushings. Reducing road noise, the surface of the front strut mount that contacts the body is thickened, restricting vibration and providing high quality steering feel.

Front stabilizer bar linkage is changed from the control arms, directing strut mounts for greatly improved roll stiffness. Spring characteristics of the front strut mounts are changed, improving the damper's efficiency, producing a flexible, more stable ride quality that limits rough bumps, with no uncomfortable swinging. Stabilizer bar diameter is cut from 26 mm to 21 mm for a significant weight reduction.

Flexural rigidity for front control arms in the lateral direction and front struts is maintained, while front bushing characteristics are optimized, improving suspension (tread and camber) rigidity and limiting lag in vehicle response to steering input.

Revising the rear bushing axle layout to move front-to-back instead of vertically minimizes the outer diameter of sealed bearings. Light and compact aluminium extrusions are used for brackets.

The overall result is a vehicle that is more flexible with road input - and more linear with driver input.


Body torsional rigidity is greatly improved by laterally extending subframe rear supports, to add body connection points. Floor and seat vibration is reduced, for quality ride comfort.

The rear shock absorber ABS mount on the lateral arm is moved outward 10 mm for improved damper efficiency. Also, the ends of the rear stabilizer bar are moved outward 6 mm, optimizing link placement. Springs for the rear shock absorber mount are optimized to reduce damper friction. Efficient exertion of damping forces allows the suspension to flexibly dodge road input, for a stable ride.


Wheel alignment is recalibrated with an additional initial toe-in and negative camber. This makes tyres manoeuverable enough to make quick lateral moves and solid responses to sudden steering input.

Subframe bushings are hardened to restrict coupled vibration in vertical and longitudinal directions. This improves steering response and reduces jolts in the cabin, balancing risk aversion performance and stable ride comfort.

Improving ride quality, rear subframe supports are reshaped and given a more effective design, reducing floor and seat vibrations.

To produce a flatter, more stable ride, rear damper leverage ratio is reduced by moving the lateral arm rear damper mount. Also, the rear stabilizer bar leverage ratio is changed by moving the mount point. The springs of the rear shock mounts are recalibrated to improve roll recovery too.

Improving vehicle steering response, alignment settings are optimised and initial toe-in added.

Subframe bushings are recalibrated to reduce floor and seat vibration, improve steering response and roll recovery.


A new valve (STABLE-Ride) configuration and larger diameter front strut cylinders (up from 32 mm to 34 mm) improve damping response at low piston speeds and permit damping suppression at high piston speeds, for even better steering stability and ride quality, with less body shake.

Newly developed valves and larger diameter front strut cylinders are used to finely tune the balance between steering stability and ride quality.


New tyres greatly increase driving performance and reduce rolling resistance, without increasing vibration noise or impacting ride quality.

The new tyres are:

  • 225/65R17 102H G98C Yokohama Rubber - Outback 2.0D
  • 225/60R18 100V DUELER H/P SPORT Bridgestone - all other variants

Along with the increased hub bearing size, all models have a 114.3 mm Pitch Centre Diameter (PCD) improved rigidity, for steering stability and ride comfort benefits.

Aerodynamic performance improves fuel economy too.


Brake performance combines responsiveness, control and a solid feel, producing reliable, predictable results.

They have reduced resistance from brake drag for improved fuel efficiency.

Among the changes are:

  • A high response brake booster
  • Brake feel improved
  • Booster output characteristics changed in line with vehicle class and character

The high response brake booster produces a linear brake pedal feel. For even better reliability and safety, response is improved, even under sudden braking.

Pedal responsiveness is dramatically improved by reducing the channel resistance of air being supplied to the booster when the pedal is depressed.


The 17-inch front brakes have a Teflon PTFE coating on the pad clips, with reduced drag for better fuel efficiency. Rotor thickness is 30 mm.

The rear brake system has a built-In electronic parking brake (EPB) in the calliper, clasping the brake pad with motor power to ensure hold. Locating the EPB in the calliper makes the system quieter and more responsive.

The parking cable is driven by a pull-type actuator and braking force is retained by drum brake.

Operating the EPB switch drives the motor, either applying or releasing the parking brake. Pulling the switch applies the brake, pushing releases it.

Accelerator-linked operation automatically releases the EPB when the system judges the driver is accelerating forward.

Outback 2.5i variant rear brakes are now ventilated.


When the Hill Holder is activated and the vehicle is stopped on a hill, the system automatically applies the EPB, preventing it rolling backward. Applying throttle releases the brake.


Applying and releasing the EPB when in Adaptive Cruise Control keeps the vehicle stopped in a traffic jam for improved safety.


Outback continues a long-established and independently recognised trend for ever-evolving occupant safety.

Superb preventative safety and fatigue reduction features are significantly evolved with new generation EyeSight.

Outback's passive safety has already received top ratings in independent assessments overseas.

Active safety features offer superior, world-class risk aversion and an increased sense of security in the crossover category. Specifically, improved chassis and VDC performance further highlight excellent AWD ability.

New generation EyeSight, on all CVT petrol variants, offers enhanced stereo camera performance, for better collision avoidance, giving drivers even more peace-of-mind, while helping reduce fatigue.

The body frame is further refined through strategic use of high tensile steel plating to increase frontal, side and rear crash safety, while limiting weight increase.


In addition to moving the A-pillar forward, quarter windows are installed at the pillar bases, along with door-mounted side mirrors. This eliminates blind spots around the mirrors and increases glass area, making it easier to notice pedestrians, vehicles and other obstacles, especially on turns. It also helps improve cabin lighting.

Reversing vision is even better, with inclusion of an ultra wide-angle, 160 degree rear-view camera, for improved field of vision. The camera is positioned within 60 mm of the vehicle's centre, producing an accurate monitor display.

When the CVT gear shift position is changed from R to D, a seven-second delay can be programmed before the rear-view image disappears. The image is cleared when the P-range activates, or the vehicle speed exceeds 8 km/h.


In EyeSight-equipped models, the number of washer nozzles is increased from two to three, improving windscreen cleaning performance.


Outback 2.5i variants, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R feature auto wipers and lights.

A new rear wiper motor reduces weight by 34 g and contributes to better fuel efficiency.

The rear wiper is linked with reversing - if R range is selected while the front wipers have been operating in low or high for 10 seconds or more, the rear wiper operates intermittently, even if turned off, to clear rearward visibility.


New parts are used in the VDC unit for improved dynamic performance, increasing limit performance during hazard avoidance.

Active Torque Vectoring (ATV) contributes to improved limit performance when turning.

VDC constantly monitors vehicle movement. It flexibly controls the Antilock Brake System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS, engine and brake LSD control), and VDC (engine and brake control for side slip prevention).

Intervention timing is optimized to ensure highly stable control.

Torque reduction control of VDC and TCS can be cancelled using OFF mode. This makes it easier to negotiate muddy and snowy surfaces.

Control logic is effective in hazard avoidance, by slowing the vehicle when the driver makes an abrupt steering input. This is integrated to provide world-class danger avoidance capability.

VDC is also tuned for towing with the genuine Subaru towbar.


ATV is introduced to improve cornering performance and vehicle steering response.

While cornering, brake is applied to inside wheels, while distributing less torque to them; but more torque to outside wheels.


In all Outback CVT variants, X-Mode works in combination with AWD and engine controls to improve drivability on rough roads.


This mode improves the vehicle's all-terrain performance on rough roads by optimizing integrated control of the engine, AWD and brakes. It ensures driving confidence even on slippery roads that would immobilize many other vehicles due to tyre slip.


When in X-Mode, descents or other terrain that might cause unwarranted speed increase automatically activates HDC to keep speed constant. It is controlled with braking by the VDC unit.


  • Accelerator pedal is depressed, increasing speed from 15 km/h to 20 km/h.
    • Releasing the pedal continues driving at 20 km/h.
  • Brake pedal is depressed, decreasing speed from 20 km/h to 15km/h.
    • Releasing the pedal continues driving at 15km/h.

While operating the accelerator or brake pedal, driver operations are prioritized and HDC is disabled.

Because the control is based on vehicle speed information rather than gradient estimation, speed can be maintained, even when the vehicle enters a descent from a flat road. The driver can concentrate on handling while driving through turns on descent and let the vehicle do the braking.


To reduce the prospect of pedestrian head injuries, the bonnet incorporates a shock-absorbing crushable structure.

Hot pressed and high strength materials are used in the centre pillar area, helping reduce weight and improve safety.

Materials such as 980 MPa high-tensile steel and hot-pressed high-strength reinforcing members are used around the front doors, achieving cabin strength that withstands impacts in a variety of collisions.

Sheet metal assembly, joining the bottom of the A-pillar to the floor members, increases resistance to impact loads.

The nose cone structure aids pedestrian protection. The structure is designed to dislodge the headlights during a collision, providing better protection.


The seats are designed to provide both high quality ride comfort and safety.

All seats have three-point Automatic Emergency Locking Retractors (AELR) and pretensioners.


Every variant has dual front, side, curtain and driver's knee airbags.

The front seat twin-chamber side airbags divide for the chest and hips. The hip airbag inflates at high pressure to support the hard pelvis, while the chest airbag inflates at lower pressure, safely supporting the soft ribs.

Curtain airbag performance is enhanced by use of a centralized inflator. It is positioned at the rear of the B-pillar, providing uniform gas distribution to the front and rear, achieving stable airbag deployment. Replacing sheet metal components with plastic reduces the mechanism weight by nearly 45 per cent.

The Airbag Sensing System comprises an ECU positioned in the centre of the vehicle, linked to front left and right sensors, and left and right side sensors.


The EyeSight driver-assist system includes multiple improvements and two new functions, to help drivers potentially avoid collisions, or reduce damage.

The stereo camera is completely remodelled, achieving better active safety and less driver load.

Both wide angle and distance range are improved around 40 per cent.


  • Colour recognition - can now see and interpret brake lights
  • Pre-Collision Steering Assist - augmented collision prevention, using Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC). If the possibility of collision with a vehicle or obstacle in front occurs, VDC activates to assist the driver in potentially avoiding it.


  • Pre-Collision Braking - augmented with braking assistance
  • Adaptive Cruise Control - improved performance when a vehicle cuts in front of the car during traffic jams and on highways. includes four levels of inter-vehicle distance setting.


External sensor and 3D image processing performance are improved, for easier recognition of lateral and distant vehicles, stabilizing control in all speed zones and improving pedestrian pre-collision detection.

Logic Improvements contribute to better system operation, helping maintain performance in bad weather conditions.


Cameras are positioned closer to the windscreen to reduce cabin intrusion.


  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Pre-Collision Braking Assist
  • Pre-Collision Steering Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Front Vehicle Start Alert



Performance is improved by expanded recognition range to the left and right, as well as distant wide range. Adaptive performance is enhanced when another vehicle cuts-in during traffic jams and on highways.

Engine, transmission, and braking are controlled based on information absorbed about the speed and distance of the vehicle ahead. Speed and inter-vehicle distance set by the driver are automatically maintained. Tracking is possible in a wide speed range between around 0-100 km/h. By maintaining adequate speed for automatic braking, stress-free tracking is achieved, even on urban roads when speed reduction of the vehicle ahead may be significant.

Operation may not be as expected depending on road, weather and vehicle conditions.

The supported speed range is 0-145 km/h.


Brake response is increased by recognition of a moving vehicle further away, providing a greater sense of safety. EyeSight now also has the ability to recognize red brake lights, enabling smooth deceleration and acceleration.

When ACC is set, red brake lights are recognized at intersections too. A lane change or other manoeuvre by a vehicle ahead that enters EyeSight's field of view, triggers an alert, while simultaneously inhibiting acceleration to the set speed.


Expansion of vehicle recognition range to the left and right, as well as distant wide range, helps improve pre-collision brake performance when EyeSight "locks-on" to objects, ranging from cars and bikes to pedestrians.

Both wide angle and distance range are improved around 40 per cent.

When the system recognizes the possibility of collision with a vehicle or an obstacle ahead, it issues an inter-vehicle distance warning to the driver, to perform avoidance operations. If avoidance input is not detected, automatic braking is activated to lower the speed, helping avoid collision or reduce damage.


This reinforces braking force if EyeSight judges it is inadequate when the possibility of collision with a vehicle or obstacle ahead is recognized. For example, if abrupt braking is detected, automatic braking assist activates. This helps avoid collision or reduce damage.


If an obstacle is detected in front of the vehicle, this restricts sudden movement by unintended depression of the accelerator, providing a warning display and sound.


If there is a possibility of lane departure while driving, a warning display and sound alert the driver.


If the system detects vehicle sway - often due to driver fatigue, inattentive driving, or cross wind - a warning display and sound occur. This feature works above approximately 38 km/h.


If the EyeSight-equipped vehicle does not move when the vehicle in front sets off, a warning display and sound occur.


When conventional cruise control is selected, the vehicle travels at a constant speed and tracking is not performed by EyeSight's stereo cameras.


New generation EyeSight features four levels of inter-vehicle distance setting (previously only three). The display of the driver's own car appears when ACC is turned on. The system features a large 5-inch LCD display.

Outback 2.5i CVT $35,990 (-$3000, or 7.7 per cent)
Outback 2.5i Premium CVT $41,490 (-$2000, or 4.6 per cent)
Outback 2.0D manual $35,490 (-$5000, or 12.3 per cent)
Outback 2.0D CVT $37,490 (-$5500, or 12.8 per cent)
Outback 2.0D Premium manual $41,490 (-$2000, or 4.6 per cent)
Outback 2.0D Premium CVT $43,490 (-$2500, or 5.4 per cent)
Outback 3.6R $47,990 (-$10,000, or 17.2 per cent)

\*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited's Manufacturer's List Prices only and include GST on the list price but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive away price of Subaru vehicles consumers should be advised to contact their local authorized Subaru dealer.




  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points - ISOFIX
  • Curtain airbags - full length
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual front side airbags
  • EyeSight driver assist system
  • Fog lights - front
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters.
  • Hill holder
  • Rear door child lock
  • Reversing camera
  • Seatbelt indicator lights - all seats
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear centre seatbelt
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program
  • X-Mode


  • Bluetooth/MP3/WMA/AUX/CD/voice command compatible six-speaker audio touchscreen system
  • Climate control air conditioning - dual zone, with rear vents
  • Cargo area light
  • Cargo security blind
  • Cup holders
  • Electric parking brake
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather trim gear shift
  • Map lights (2)
  • Leather steering wheel with audio, Multi-Function Display and cruise control buttons
  • Multi-information display
  • Paddle shift gear change
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Rain sensing auto windscreen wipers
  • Rear air vents
  • Rear seats auto fold function
  • Rear seats recline function
  • Remote central locking
  • Remote fuel lid release
  • Seatback storage pockets
  • Silver interior trim highlights
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • Vanity mirrors
  • 60/40 split/fold rear seat


  • 18-inch alloy wheels - full-sized alloy spare
  • 213 mm ground clearance
  • Chrome-surround grille
  • Colour-coded mirrors and door handles
  • Headlights auto off - dusk sensing
  • Light sensing headlights - auto on/off
  • Privacy glass (rear)
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof rails with integrated crossbars
  • Silver under guards


  • Active grille shutter
  • Auto Stop-Start
  • Auto tailgate unlock
  • Cruise control - adaptive option with EyeSight
  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic throttle control
  • EURO 6 compliant
  • Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission
  • SI-Drive (two-mode)
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • 2.5 litre DOHC horizontally opposed boxer engine - 129 Kilowatts of power at 5800 rpm and 235 Newtonmetres of torque at 4000 rpm.


  • Electric adjustable driver and front passenger seat - driver's lumbar support
  • Electric sunroof
  • Enhanced infotainment system
  • Folding mirrors - powered and heated
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless entry
  • Leather trim
  • LED low beam headlights with washers
  • Piano black trim highlights
  • Powered cargo door with memory function
  • Push button start
  • Satellite navigation - factory-fitted, with Pandora
  • SI-Drive
  • Smart key
  • Wheel arch cladding - front and rear guards


  • 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel horizontally opposed Boxer engine - 110 Kilowatts of power at 3600 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque from 1600-2800 rpm
  • Engine cover

\*Does not include: Auto Stop-Start, EyeSight, SI-Drive, X-Mode on 2.0D manual, blue gauge illumination; substitutes 17-inch alloy wheels and different cloth trim pattern.


  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding mirrors - powered and heated
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless entry
  • Leather trim
  • LED low beam headlights with washers
  • Light sensing headlights - auto on/off
  • Piano black trim highlights
  • Powered cargo door
  • Power driver's and front passenger seat - driver lumbar support
  • Push button start
  • Satellite navigation - factory-fitted, with Pandora
  • Smart key
  • Wheel arch cladding - front and rear guards
  • X-Mode (CVT-only)


  • Chrome side sill garnish
  • Engine cover
  • harman/kardon 12-speaker sound system - with sub-woofer
  • Silver roof rails
  • Six-cylinder 3.6-litre engine produces 191 kW of power at 6000 rpm and 350 Nm at 4400 rpm
  • Three-mode SI-Drive

\*Does not include Auto Stop Start; EURO5 compliant


Outback 2.5i naturally aspirated:
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

Outback 3.6R naturally aspirated:
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

Outback 2.0D turbocharged:
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

Horizontally opposed
2498 cc
94.0 mm x 90.0 mm
Multi Point Sequential Injection
129 kW/5800 rpm
235 Nm/4000 rpm

Horizontally opposed
3630 cc
92.0 mm x 91.0 mm
Multi Point Sequential Injection
191 kW/6000 rpm
350 Nm/4400 rpm

Horizontally opposed
1998 cc
86.0 mm x 86.0 mm
Common rail direct injection
110 kW/3600 rpm
350 Nm/1600-2800 rpm


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Final reduction



Overall length mm


Overall width mm


Overall height mm


Wheelbase mm


Tread - front mm


Tread - rear mm


Min. ground clearance mm


Tare weight kg

2.5i - 1557
2.5i Premium - 1588
2.0D - 1590
2.0D Premium - 1602
3.6R - 1702

Fuel consumption and emissions(L/100km / CO2 g/km):

2.5i auto - 7.3/167
2.0D man - 5.7/148
2.0D auto - 6.3/165
3.6R auto - 9.9/230

Fuel tank capacity (litres)

60 litres

Recommended fuel requirement

2.5i - 90-98 RON
2.0D - diesel
3.6R - 90-98 RON


Engine speed sensitive power assisted rack and pinion

Turning circle

11.0 metres, kerb to kerb diameter


Coil MacPherson strut-type
Double wishbone type independent


Vacuum assisted ventilated discs
Vacuum assisted ventialed discs


225/65R17 102H G98C Yokohama Rubber - Outback 2.0D
225/60R18 100V DUELER H/P SPORT Bridgestone - all other variants

Towing capacity kg:
With/without brakes

2.5i: 1500/750
2.0D: 1700/750
3.6R: 1800/750

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For further information, contact:

David Rowley
National Corporate Affairs Manager
Subaru Australia
Telephone: (02) 8892 9853
Mobile: 0418 237 252
Fax: (02) 8892 9121