It looks like 2018 is going to be a very busy year for Subaru. Not only did the Japanese automaker have its name changed early this month (from Fuji Heavy Industries to Subaru Corporation), it has also made quite a bit of updating for its current lineup. Joining the updated models such as the Legacy and Crosstrek, is the 2018 Subaru Outback.
The Outback is Subaru’s most popular high-riding wagon, so that the upcoming 2018 model year will come back fresher and better. The 2018 Subaru Outback made its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show and is expected to hit dealerships this summer. That fast, eh!
Just like the new Legacy and Crosstrek, the 2018 Outback features a more chiseled appearance – a look that Subaru aims to achieve for its models. The more angular look at the corners of its front end is formed because its headlights now have sharper corners resulting to the Outbacks’ “more rugged appearance”. The front fascia of the 2018 Outback is restructured so that it now features larger grille openings, with its sculpting highlighting the crossover’s huge fog lights. Also, it features a new front cladding which Subaru claims, improves protection from mud and stones on off-road trips. All these modifications however did not change the car’s overall ground clearance, remaining at only 8.7 inches or 221 millimeters.
Driving experience on the 2018 Outback is described as “engaging”. How? Well, first of all, the crossover now has a more linear response thanks to the modifications on its electric power steering. Subaru also claims that the brakes now have a more direct feel to it while dampers have been retuned, resulting to a smoother ride and a more comfortable riding experience.
The new Outback will also feature a few “tech” for its drivers which include steering-responsive LED headlights to add extra light while cornering, and a High Beam Assist on top of the Eyesight safety assistance suite for the Limited and Touring trims.
On the inside, the 2018 Outback offers a more comfortable riding experience. Aside from high-quality materials, it now features a standard 6.5-inch infotainment screen (bidding goodbye to the smaller 6.2-inch unit of the outgoing model) while the higher trim levels feature an 8-inch display instead of the existing 7-inch monitor. Wind noise is reduced because of the sound insulating glass found in the front row and the re-shaped outside mirrors.
In 2016, 182,898 units of Subaru Outbacks (or a 20.1 percent increase from the total number of units sold in 2015) were sold in the United States, making it the company’s best-selling vehicle in the country. As of March 2017, 42,572 units (or a 14.2 percent increase over the same period as in 2016) of this high-riding wagon has been sold in the U.S.
Subaru fans and auto enthusiasts will also see the updated Crosstrek at the upcoming New York Auto Show, showcasing its now more angular face and increased power of 152 horsepower (113 Kw) via its four-cylinder 2.0-liter boxer engine.