The sixth generation SUV from Subaru comes with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. 2020 Outback brings technology, security and better performance than before. Built on the Subaru Global Platform, which provides enhanced security, dynamics and calm as well as noise, vibration and loudness (NVH) reduction, Outback will be available in Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT and Touring Model XT. The price for the 2020 Outback will be announced closer to the sale date this fall.
PERFORMANCE AND CAPABILITY
Outback 2020 presents an optimal blend of SUV capabilities and driving and handling of cars with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control. The 8.7 inch ground clearance for all Outback models is greater than in many SUVs, but the Outback maintains a comfortable low step-in height for front and rear passenger entries.
For the first time since 2009, the Outback lineup offers turbocharged engines. Standard on the XT model, the turbocharged 2.4 liter BOXER engine delivers strong all-around performance with 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. Meanwhile, the 2.5 liter BOXER standard is naturally aspirated, with direct injection and almost 90 percent of its new parts, producing 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.
All Outback 2020 models are paired with Lineartronic CVT which features an 8-speed manual mode function with a steering wheel paddle shifters. The 2.4 liter turbo produces 3,500-lb. towing capacity, most of any Outback in history, while 2.5 liters provide a distance of more than 600 miles on one tank. The manufacturer’s fuel economy estimates are 26/33 mpg city / highway for 2.5-liters and 23/30 mpg city / highway for turbo.
Complementing the smoother powertrain is a new suspension that is lighter and more responsive. The front suspension uses MacPherson struts with a new internal spring rebound, low aluminum L-arm and a new 23mm hollow stabilizer bar. The rear suspension produces a double-wishbone layout with a new 19fr subframe, coil spring and stabilizer bar.
Introduced for 2017, the Subaru Global Platform has been optimized for Outback, has a structure that is 70 percent more rigid in torsional rigidity and front suspension and 100 percent rigid in both front lateral rigidity and rear subframe kinship compared to previous inland platforms. Damage protection is improved, because the new body absorbs more than 40 percent more energy in the front / side than the current model. When accidents cannot be avoided, Outback protects with eight standard airbags, including the driver’s knee airbags. Subaru expects Outback to achieve the highest safety score when tested later this year, including the Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS).
Standard on all trims is the Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology which now includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, which provides steering assistance when the vehicle turns off course, helping the driver maintain a direct lane. The DriverFocus Disturbance Mitigation System exclusive segment uses a special infrared camera and facial recognition technology to identify signs of driver fatigue or disturbance and provides audio and visual warnings to alert drivers and passengers. Additional technologies available for drivers include Responsive Steering LED Headlamps; Reverse Automatic Braking; Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert; and EyeSight Assist Monitor with head-up display.
In the other first Outback, the 2020 model offers a Front View Monitor, which captures images in the driver’s blind spot in front of the vehicle and displays a 180 degree display on an 11.6-inch screen, providing safety and assistance when checking road conditions in front or parking.
The new 2020 Onyx Edition XT features black exterior elements, 18-inch alloy wheels and badges, and an exclusive two-color interior. Furthermore, the chair is wrapped in durable StarTex ™ material that is waterproof. The Onyx Edition XT is built on Premium trim and adds a 2.4 liter BOXER turbo, Hands Free Power Gate, Front View Monitor and, to enhance capability in a variety of wider environmental conditions, the Dual-Mode X-MODE exclusive and full sized spare tire.
COMFORT AND VERSATILITY
2020 Outback offers a peaceful cabin that is almost 3 dB quieter at highway speeds. Subaru engineers worked extensively to find ways to reduce unwanted noise coming into the cabin, fitting Outback with a new door weather strip featuring baffles in the middle and two lips on the sides of the roof to increase quietness. Sound-insulated glass, which uses sound-insulated inner film for the windshield and front door glass, has been adopted, while the thickness of the surrounding glass is increased for quietness.
The Limited and Touring models feature a 10-way power front seat with lumbar support, adjustable pillow length (driver only) and heated front / rear seats. For 2020, seat heaters are equipped with three levels of temperature adjustment and coverage extended to the shoulders to increase comfort. The tour model adds a ventilated front seat and heated steering wheel to their standard feature list. Comfort and convenience in the Outback has been optimized for passengers with an increase in headroom, shoulders and rear legs. To turn on and pair personal devices, up to four USB ports and two 12 volt DC power sockets are available.
With a 78-inch cargo floor length with rear rear backs folded, the 2020 Outback offers cargo space of up to 75.7 cubic feet. And with a wider rear gate opening, Outback can comfortably accommodate long items such as camping gear, golf clubs or buggies. For added convenience when loading vehicles, the new Handsfree Power Gate allows the owner to open the rear gate by simply waving in front of the Subaru emblem (positioned in the middle of the rear gate) as well as a new one-touch lifting cargo cover. These two features are the first for Subaru and are standard on most 2020 Outback models. For additional cargo flexibility, Outback offers a standard roof rail with integrated and retractable cross-tie and tie-down.
Following the philosophy of “Dynamic x Solid”, the all-new Outback is tethered to the concept of “Active x Tough”. The result is a sturdy and functional design that inspires a wandering appetite and enables an active lifestyle. Outback 2020 projects a large presence from a thicker profile panel surface and raised rear gate and a sense of speed from its dynamic silhouette. Wider fenders, large hexagonal grille, front cladding and LED fog lights at corners (standard on all trims except Base) emphasize the capabilities of the SUV. The lid on the Outback side is intended to resemble a hiking boot that further enhances this concept.
The interior design uses a wide windshield and a long line from the center of the instrument panel to the door panel to create an open environment. Outback Touring utilizes luxury promises inside and out, including Nappa leather, shiny black moldings for pillars, chrome door handles and satin side mirrors.
TECHNOLOGY IN SUBARU VEHICLES
SUBARU STARLINK In-Vehicle Technology offers an integrated cockpit experience by allowing drivers to control entertainment and vehicle settings through a large touch screen display. All STARLINK multimedia systems for Outback 2020 feature a high resolution touch screen; new on-screen controls for audio, HVAC, X-MODE and vehicle features; meter integration combination; smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay ™, Android ™ Auto and the new STARLINK SmartDeviceLink ™ application; Bluetooth® mobile phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM / FM stereo; Rear Vision Camera; SiriusXM® All Access Radio (4 month free subscription) and SiriusXM Travel Link® (3 year free subscription); HD Radio® and over-the-air updates.
The front and center, as well as the high-end Outback interior, are a completely new 11.6-inch HD-style multimedia display, the largest and most sophisticated infotainment screen ever seen in Subaru. Standard on all but Base trims, the 11.6-inch Multimedia display offers direct touch control for multimedia, HVAC, X-MODE and vehicle settings, and includes Near Field Communication to its feature list. As with smartphones, application icons can be moved and configured based on personal preferences. 2020 Outback will be the first vehicle to offer the new Chimani application, which provides a comprehensive guide to more than 400 national parks in the US and includes park history and highlights written by local travel experts. 11.6-inch multimedia with the best Navigation adds navigation powered by TomTom® and voice-activated navigation.
For the first time in Outback, Wi-Fi hotspots available in vehicles provide seamless internet access through communion
Gallery of 2020 Subaru Outback SUV with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
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