New Subaru Outback SUV unveiled in New York

17 Apr, 2014 4:45pm Steve Fowler

Latest Subaru Outback SUV will place a greater emphasis on quality and efficiency, but no word on UK model

Subaru has unveiled its sixth generation Outback SUV at the New York Motor Show with promises of greater quality and efficiency.

The Subaru Legacy-based 4x4 gets a new, sleeker look in line with the new Legacy, with added body protection and giant roof rails on top. The A-pillars are now slimmer than before for improved visibility, while Subaru’s EyeSight camera system provides a safety package that includes everything from front crash prevention to lane keep assistance.

Although the latest Subaru Outback is no longer than the outgoing model, it gets more space in the back and a bigger boot. Powered leather seats are standard, as is a Harman Kardon surround sound system and plusher materials are used across the dashboard.

In the US, two engines will be on offer: a 173bhp four-cylinder engine and a 253bhp V6, both sending power to the all-wheel drive system through a CVT transmission. To boost both engines’ economy stats, an active grille shutter system has been employed for the first time, while active torque vectoring will improve the car’s handling, too.

There’s no word yet on whether the new Outback will come to the UK, with Subaru saying it is looking at exchange rates before making a final decision. But with the new WRX STI now confirmed for production, we’d be hopeful that the new Outback would make it to the UK with a version of Subaru’s 2.0-litre diesel under the bonnet. Expect prices to be slightly up on the current model’s £29,995 starting price, though.