Subaru Southern Africa has released local pricing for the new Outback ahead of its market launch at the start of May 2021.
It’s been quite a wait for the sixth-generation Outback, which was revealed in New York back in April 2019. While the version sold in North America can be specified with a turbocharged 2,4-litre flat-four engine worth 191 kW and 375 N.m, SA-spec derivatives will do without forced induction.
Yes, the local Outback range will comprise two variants, each employing the Japanese automaker’s naturally aspirated 2,5-litre boxer unit, driving all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission. While Subaru SA has yet to announce peak outputs, this engine is already offered in the Forester range, where it generates 136 kW and 239 N.m.
In South Africa, the new Outback will be available in two trim levels: Field (R699 000) and Touring (R729 000). The company says both models offer the “highest levels of technology and safety”, though the Field derivative adopts a “more rugged design” and Touring version “more urban trim accents”.
Inside, the latest Outback gains a fresh 11,6-inch vertically sited touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality (plus four USB ports). The Outback also features the latest generation of the EyeSight driver assistance system, which now includes autonomous corrective steering, “improved” lane keeping, vibration feedback through the steering wheel and a wider field of view.
For the record, the newcomer measures 4 860 mm long, 1 855 mm wide and 1 680 mm tall, with a ground clearance of 220 mm. A five-year/150 000 km warranty and a three/75 000 km maintenance plan ship standard.
Subaru Outback 2,5i-Field ES: R699 000
Subaru Outback 2,5i-Touring ES: R729 000