New Subaru Outback SUV launched

Subaru has launched the sixth-generation Outback SUV at the New York motor show. The car will go on sale in the US with a new range-topping 256bhp turbocharged version of the firm’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder boxer engine.

The new version of the durable off-roader comes with Subaru’s four-wheel drive system as standard, along with systems such as active torque vectoring and hill descent control. It also features improved ground clearance over the previous generation.

The Outback will be offered with a 2.5-litre boxer engine producing 180bhp as standard, but the new range-topping XT trim models will use the more powerful turbocharged unit. Both engines will be powered through an eight-speed CVT gearbox.

The Outback is built on the latest version of the Subaru Global Platform, which the firm claims has been optimised to make the model 70% stiffer in torsional and front suspension rigidity than the previous generation. The firm also claims it offers improved crash protection, with a number of new safety features.

The interior has been reworked, with certain trim levels gaining seats covered in a water-repelling material. There is also a revamped infotainment system, with a tablet-style 11.6in screen on all but the entry-level trim. There is a claimed 2143 litres of storage with the rear seats folded down.

The new Outback is due to go on sale in the US in the autumn, but no pricing information has yet been given. There is no news yet on if or when the new Outback will reach the UK.