The Subaru Outback blends the attributes of the wagon, SUV and crossover and that means versatile interior, high-riding stance, wagon silhouette, etc. The model provides high-quality interior and gets also plenty of the safety gear as standard but is also more capable off-road than most rivals. The Outback was all-new for the 2015 model year and the 2020 Subaru Outback should mark the start of the new generation.
The sixth-generation Outback should follow the introduction of the seventh-generation Legacy sedan with the debut late in the year or early 2020. Two models have always shared the platform and powertrains and that will be the case with all-new versions as well. The styling of the new Outback should also be more rugged, a wagon-like form of the recently revealed sedan model and interior and available equipment should also be similar.
2020 Subaru Outback: Design
The redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback will switch to the new platform shared with the recently all-new Legacy sedan and brand’s other nameplates like Forster and Impreza. The Subaru Global Platform will bring increased rigidity of the body and chassis as well of parts’ joints which should translate to better handling, reduced vibrations and noise and addition of new-level electrification.
Visually, the new Outback should arrive larger and with the styling elements similar to what we can on brand’s recent introductions including the Legacy sedan. We don’t expect a more rugged appearance than in the current version.
The new grille will mimic the style of the unit on the new Legacy and similar but sharper design of the headlights will also be used. The model will have the defined profile body lines and redesigned tailgate integrated with the new taillights.
Inside the cabin, the new Outback should provide more passenger and cargo space thanks to the wheelbase stretch and longer body. The current version delivers already impressive 73.3 cubic feet of the cargo room and up to 35.5 cubes with the rear seats up.
The design of the dash should be centered on the large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen and most function will be managed through this unit. There will also be physical volume and climate controls.
The new Outback will also equip the newest safety equipment. There will be an updated EyeSight suite of the safety systems with lane centering, blind spot monitoring, fatigue level function and more.
2020 Subaru Outback: Powertrains
The engine range of the new-generation 2020 Subaru Outback should match the offer of the new Legacy sedan.
A 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated boxer four-cylinder engine will deliver around 182 hp and torque of 176 pound-feet.
The next-level performance will provide a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-4 engine rated at 260 hp and 277 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines will be in the combination with the continuously variable transmission system and capable all-wheel drive.
The new powerplants combined with the new platform will also boost the efficiency of the model but remains to see how much.
2020 Subaru Outback: Arrival, Price
The new 2020 Subaru Outback should appear in showrooms late in the year. The price will likely see a modest increase from the current starting point of $26, 345.