New York Auto Show: 2010 Subaru Outback

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 29, 2009

Subaru unveiled today at the New York Auto Show the brand new Outback. The new vehicle features a new chassis, improved ground clearance and it is also roomier than the old model. The Outback line for 2010 will include three 2.5i models powered by a revised 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine.

The efficient Outback 2.5i models offer a new standard 6-speed manual transmission, or the available Lineartronic CVT. Both transmissions help to improve acceleration, response and fuel economy. Three new range-topping Outback 3.6R models are powered by a new 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine teamed with a 5-speed electronic automatic transmission.

Compared to the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine it replaces, the more powerful 3.6 has the same external size and uses regular-grade fuel, rather than premium as the 3.0 required. Although the new vehicle features a new interior volume increased with almost 8%, the car is actually 2.5cm shorter than the outgoing model.

The 2010 Outback models include as standard equipment front seat side impact air bags and side curtain air bags that offer additional head protection for front and rear occupants.

Intelligent dual-stage deployment front air bags use sensors to detect the presence and weight of a front passenger and also the driver's distance from the steering wheel. The system determines front air bag deployment strength for optimal occupant protection.

The latest 2010 Subaru Outback offers a wagon body that allows it to be driven off-road. It can be maneuvered easily and comes with a mid-size interior capacity. This is because compared to all the other crossover vehicles, this particular model is smart-sized. While the length of the 2010 Subaru Outback may be shorter when compared to the previous model, its volume is about 8% larger.

It is wider by 2 inches though; thus offering better comfort to the occupants as it has additional headroom. The legroom of the rear seat gets an extra 4 inches as a result of the 2.8-inch increase in the wheelbase. In addition to increasing the rear cargo space, the chassis dynamics is improved due to the new double wishbone suspension in the rear.

The 2010 Subaru Outback is also more fuel efficient compared to the prior model. Coming in as standard for all the 2010 Subaru Outback models is the Vehicle Dynamics Control. This is the one the combines the traction control capability of the vehicle with its stability.

All models will have the electronic Hill Holder System as standard. What this system does is it holds the vehicle until such time the driver decides to apply the throttle. Many of the previous systems will only do so for a few seconds. The Subaru is also the sole automaker to include the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive on all its models as standard equipment.

Press Release

2010 Subaru Outback

Subaru of America, Inc. revealed the all-new 2010 Subaru Outback at its media conference at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. The fourth-generation of the World's First Sport Utility Wagon® is a roomier and more capable interpretation of the vehicle that launched the crossover trend 15 years ago. Distinguished by bolder and crisper styling, the all-new 2010 Subaru Outback delivers enhanced performance, comfort and economy with the introduction of an all-new chassis and the new Subaru Lineartronic™ CVT (continuously variable transmission). Capability is enhanced with a segment-first swing-out roof rail and crossbar design and an improved 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The all-new 2010 Subaru Outback is smart-sized compared to other crossover vehicles, featuring mid-size interior volume in an easy-to-maneuver and off-road capable wagon body. Interior volume has been increased by almost 8 percent in a package that is actually shorter than the outgoing model. The wheelbase has been increased by 2.8 inches and improves rear seat legroom by almost 4 inches. A new rear double wishbone suspension improves chassis dynamics and rear cargo space. The 2010 Outback is 2 inches wider to improve passenger comfort, has more headroom and is more fuel efficient than the outgoing model.

The 2010 Subaru Outback, while still clearly related to its predecessors, marks a departure in design toward a new, bolder look. The 2010 Subaru Outback also has a greater road presence with a wider track and expressive wheel arches. Built on an all-new platform, the 2010 Subaru Outback has a 2.8 inch longer wheelbase, now 107.9 inches, for a smoother ride and increased interior space. Rear seat legroom is increased by nearly 4 inches to 37.8 inches. With a 2.0-in. increase in vehicle width, the 2010 Subaru Outback offers greater hip and shoulder room. Total passenger room is increased by 8 cubic feet, now 105.4 cu. ft., and maximum cargo capacity (with rear seatbacks folded) is up by 6 cubic feet to 71.3 cu. ft. The Subaru Outback also features a rear cargo area that is deeper and wider than in many small SUVs and easier to access through its wide aperture rear hatch.

Remarkably, the roomier 2010 Outback is almost one inch shorter than the previous model, due to reduced front and rear overhang dimensions. The new Subaru Outback is also four inches taller than the previous model, increasing headroom and cargo area height. The new packaging preserves the maneuverability, agility and parking ease that Subaru Outback customers value.

Building on the tremendous success of previous Subaru Outback models, the 2010 Outback caters to a wide variety of customer tastes and needs. The Subaru Outback line for 2010 will include three 2.5i models powered by a revised 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine. The efficient Subaru Outback 2.5i models offer a new standard 6-speed manual transmission, or the available Lineartronic™ CVT. Both transmissions help to improve acceleration, response and fuel economy. Three new range-topping Subaru Outback 3.6R models are powered by a new 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine teamed with a 5-speed electronic automatic transmission.

All Subaru Outback models for 2010 are equipped as standard with Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), which combines stability and traction control capability. The all-new electronic Hill Holder System, also standard on all models, holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle to pull away from a stop. Previous systems held the car in place for only a few seconds. Subaru is the only company that features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment on every vehicle in its product line.

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