All set for their European premiere are the all-new Subaru Legacy and Outback. From September 17 through 27, the two vehicles will be displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. These two models are actually already available in North America and Japan but in Europe, they will get some slight alterations.
Both models get a restyled front grille along plus redesigned lower part of the front bumper and larger exterior mirrors housing the turning signals.
The new Legacy Sedan and Station Wagon are longer than their predecessors by 65 mm and 55 mm respectively, while the wheelbase in both cases is expanded by 80 mm, allowing for greater rear legroom.
The Legacy will be available in two four-cylinder petrol engines, a 2.0-liter and a 2.5-liter unit, and Subaru's 2.0-liter turbo diesel boxer engine that makes 150 horsepower.
The fourth-generation Outback, which is the crossover version of the Legacy Station Wagon featuring improved ground clearance and SUV-like protective body cladding, will be sold with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel while certain markets will also get a powerful 3.6-litre boxer 6-cylinder petrol model.
The new Subaru Outback features the carmaker’s symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) that greatly complements its Horizontally Opposed (BOXER) engine. Moreover, Outback is fitted with an all new chassis and the new Subaru Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) – allowing this offering from Subaru to deliver improved performance and comfort while still being environment friendly.
Not to be ignored is the fact that the new Outback is laden with an array of advanced Subaru technologies that allows it to become more reliable, drivable and fuel efficient. Now on its fourth generation, this Sport Utility Wagon comes with a crisp new styling, a more spacious cabin and an expanded cargo room.
Compared to its predecessor, the latest generation Subaru Outback is around 50 mm wider, 105 mm higher and 20 mm shorter. It also boasts of a higher ground clearance (220 mm) and a wider track, thereby giving it a more imposing road presence. Subaru also shortened the vehicle’s front and rear overhangs by 90 mm. However, since its wheelbase has been increased by 70mm, the new Outback offers greater rear seat legroom.
The vehicle’s cargo capacity has been increased to easily accommodate even four large suitcases, and access to this area is now easier with a wide aperture rear hatch. With these dimensions, the new Outback follows the tracks of its predecessors -- offering the most spacious cabin and cargo area as well as a more comfortable ride.
The front end of the new Subaru Outback features a more prominent and higher positioned upright grille as well as 3D-shaped headlamps. Matching fog lamps are mounted at the flanks of the vehicle’s bumper. The new Outback boasts of a bolder and more distinctive silhouette, marked by a generous bumper, unique side moldings and dramatic wheel arches.
Moreover, the Sports Utility Wagon features revised D-pillars that now convey bolder lines. Mounted on the rear end of the new Outback are larger combination lights blended harmoniously with rear garnishes painted in the same color as the body and bumper.
Interestingly, the fourth generation of the Outback features a newly redesigned roof rack that furthers its appeal as a utility vehicle while highlighting its height. The crossbars of the roof rack could be stowed in the roof rails when customers don’t need them. Additionally, the vehicle features moldings around the windows, which emphasize the sleek design of interior.