Sixth Generation Outback is classy Subaru crossover

Friday, 19th of February 2021

Subaru’s sixth generation All-Wheel Drive Outback wagon is on sale with a formidable list of new technology, refinement and crossover ability.

Outback builds on genuine all-paw dirt road credentials, combined with ground clearance that offers a distinct difference from a largely two-wheel drive competitive set.

Subaru’s safety focus and a sense of luxury are highlighted in comprehensive specification lists that are significantly enhanced from the entry-level upwards, beginning with Outback AWD.

It now features the stylish and durable cladding that was previously exclusive to upper range variants, together with smart entry and push-button ignition.



The simplified three-variant Outback range boasts an impressive features list, with all models offering new specification including:

  • 90% new Direct Injection 2.5 litre Boxer engine – 7 % more power, 4.2 % more torque
  • Refined Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) – Paddle shift, with greater ratio coverage.
    • 80%+ of the structural parts are improved for better driving performance
    • Increased ratio coverage from 7.0 to 8.1 improves take-off acceleration and aids fuel efficiency
    • 8-speed manual mode in every Outback.
  • Best-ever Outback towing capacity - 2,000 kilograms, with 200kg down ball load (10%).
  • High Definition 11.6-inch head unit Centre Information Display - centralising and simplifying many controls, with vertical orientation and operation like a smartphone
  • Latest generation EyeSight® driver assist package – with multiple new features including:
    • Lane Centring Function
    • Autonomous Emergency Steering
    • Emergency Lane Keep Assist
    • Speed Sign Recognition with Intelligent Speed Limiter
      • A first for Subaru, it supports adherence to speed limits. It can recognize speed limit signs and visually notifies the driver, while the Intelligent Speed Limiter limits the vehicle speed. This makes it possible for drivers to concentrate more on driving, while preventing speed violations due to missed traffic signs.
    • Lane Departure Warning with steering wheel vibration
    • Lane Departure Prevention
    • Pre-Collision Braking System with expanded support for collision avoidance at intersections
  • The Subaru Driver Monitoring System (DMS) - helping ensure attentiveness behind the wheel
  • Subaru Global Platform (SGP) – The combination of the SGP and a new structural frame (full inner frame structure) provides improved occupant protection from all directions, plus significant dynamic, safety and efficiency gains, underpinning a formidable suite of new Subaru technologies.
  • Largest Outback cabin to date - with key interior dimensions increased, including larger, wider-opening cargo area
  • Dual function X-MODE - Peace-of-mind on unsealed surfaces is enhanced by, offering set-and-forget throttle control in mud, snow and steep unsealed surfaces, for even more fun driving.
  • First Subaru specifically designed to withstand collision impacts under new Mobile Progressive Deformable Barrier (MPDB) testing
  • First Subaru to include front passenger seat cushion airbag – Outback now has eight airbags
  • Auto Stop Start with Change of Mind Control - fine tuned to restart within 0.2 of a second
  • Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)
  • Subaru Vision Assist technologies including:
    • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
    • Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB), and;
    • LED steering responsible headlights
  • Durable and stylish exterior cladding

In addition, range-topping Outback AWD Touring offers exclusive Nappa leather accented seat trim.



Every new Outback is powered by a heavily revised Direct Injection 2.5-litre Horizontally Opposed Boxer engine, with power output improved from 129 Kilowatts to 138 kW and torque up from 235 Newton metres to 245 Nm.

Combined with significant Lineartronic CVT refinements, including the 8-speed manual mode, it produces a new level of drivability and refinement.

For added customer convenience, Outback becomes the fourth Subaru model, after Impreza, XV and Forester, to transition to a 12-month/12,500-kilometre Capped Price Service schedule, thanks to efficiencies gained via the Subaru Global Platform.



Subaru Australia General Manager, Blair Read, said: “It’s timely that with the launch of new Outback we celebrate the model’s 25th Anniversary this year and sales of more than 50,000 in Australia.

“New Outback epitomises all the qualities for which the model has become famous over the last quarter Century: strength, quality, style, engineering, safety and – of course – fun.

“This Outback is the perfect platform for Australians pursuing active lifestyles.”

He added: “Safety and Subaru are synonymous, but it’s sometimes the unsung, or unseen, details that distinguish the sheer strength and capability of our vehicles from the pack.

“For example, the strategic use of high-tensile steel and new generation bonding in key areas of Outback’s frame, add to its energy absorbing ability in collisions.

“Also, the additional features in the EyeSight driver assist system offer occupants even greater peace-of-mind and security, which deserve credit in contributing to road safety.

“These include Speed Sign Recognition, a first for Subaru, which helps driver’s keep to speed limits. It’s one of EyeSight’s many intelligent components, with the ability to recognize speed limit signs and visually notify the driver.

“Combined, the suite of safety and driver assist technologies represent a significant investment that distinguishes Outback.”




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