2018 Subaru Outback: Updates, Safety, Drivetrain

After the debut of the Legacy sedan at the last Chicago Auto Show, its more capable high-ride version, the Outback, will come updated for the upcoming New York Auto Show. Subaru’s most popular wagon-like vehicle has a great talent for the off-road and all-weather ride but it is also very practical and comfortable. However, in order to keep its popularity, Subaru invested in more luxe interior, upgraded infotainment and safety features. The new 2018 Subaru Outback will also get refreshed styling and some drivetrain enhancement.

2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback: Design

Thanks to the modifications on its exterior, the new 2018 Subaru Outback will look tougher. The front fascia will feature broader and lower grille version with the winged strip with brand’s logo in the middle. A more aggressive design of the headlights will also add to its appearance. Subaru also improved the front cladding for the better protection while driving off-road. Other styling changes will be seen on its rear side with more rugged design approach and new wheel design will be available in the Limited trim.


For the interior, Subaru offers new premium materials and upgraded center cluster. The steering wheel is also new and trims except the base will have stitching on the dash. Upper trims will add stitching on the door panels and seats. In addition to that Titanium Gray will be a new interior color option. The model will also have better sound insulation.

Tech and safety upgrades:

On the technology front, the new Outback comes with an upgraded Starlink infotainment system. The base 6.2-inch screen gets a 6.5-inch replacement. A larger 8-inch unit will be available in the higher-spec versions for the first time on this model. The system will support Apple car Play and Android Auto. USB and Bluetooth inputs alongside with Wi-Fi hotspot and TomTom navigation will also be available.

The safety of passengers has also been revised. The rearview camera is now the standard feature. The model also benefits from the available adaptive headlights, individual tire pressure monitoring system, reverse braking system, and automatic locking doors. An additional upgrade is on the lane keeping assist which now has activation at around 37 mph.

2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback: Powertrain

Subaru has made some changes on model’s chassis and suspension which should provide better driving refinement. Engineers have also tuned the electric power steering system for more linear response. The CVT should also provide smoother performance and better accuracy thanks to some improvements.

On the other hand, the 2018 Subaru Outback will continue with the same engine options. A 2.5-liter flat-four engine will produce 175 hp and torque of 174 lb-ft. A more potent 3.6-liter flat-six will provide 256 horsepower and torque of 247 lb-ft.

Both engine options will come with the continuously variable transmission. Subaru’s all-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring will also be available by default.

Subaru hasn’t commented on model’s fuel economy but expect similar EPA numbers as on the current version.

2018 Subaru Outback: Availability, Price

The 2018 Subaru Outback will debut at the next New York Show. It will go on sale this summer. We don’t expect big changes in the price range but Subaru will give the final word.

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