The livestream will start at 4:15 PM GMT+1.
After seeing the all-new Legacy (aka Levorg in UK) saloon at the Chicago Auto Show a couple of months ago, Subaru is about to introduce its rugged lifted estate counterpart at another major North American car show. Debuting today in New York, the revamped Outback is set to improve upon a winning recipe to lure in outdoorsy buyers not willing to go down the SUV route.
Having seen the Legacy, we’re not expecting anything groundbreaking in terms of design from the long-roof version. The few teaser images released by Subie have shown the typical Outback cues, with a jacked-up suspension, generous black plastic body cladding, and a roof rack. Inside, the Legacy’s portrait-oriented display will be carried over onto the dashboard, likely with the same generous 11.6-inch diagonal.
Entering its sixth generation, Subaru’s alternative to other rugged estates such as the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, Audi A4 Allroad and Volvo V60 Cross Country will likely inherit most of the hardware from its saloon cousin. That means a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre boxer engine should be available on the entry-level model, rated at 182 bhp and 176 pound-feet of torque. Should you need more power, a turbocharged 2.4-litre unit pushes out 260 bhp and 277 lb-ft in the Legacy and Ascent. Regardless of engine choice, power will be channelled to both axles exclusively through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Subaru hasn’t said when it will have the new Outback on sale, but considering it is only mid-April and the car has the 2020 model year, it should reach U.S. dealers before the end of the year, although we still wait for confirmation on the UK market.
The livestream from the New York Auto Show will start at 4:15 PM GMT+1, so the wait is almost over. Watch this space to learn everything you need to know about the 2020 Subaru Outback.