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.