Subaru has officially pulled the wraps off the all-new 2015 Outback at the New York International Auto Show. The automaker says in a press release that the redesigned Outback “offers the roomiest interior, most capable chassis and highest fuel-efficiency in the model’s 20-year history.”
The base 2015 Outback 2.5i comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower, while the highest Outback 3.6R Limited features a 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine. For 2015, Subaru has phased out the six-speed manual transmission that came standard on the 2014 Outback and made a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters standard across the model lineup. Subaru expects the base 2015 Outback to get 25/33 mpg city/highway, which is better than the 24/30 mpg rating that the 2014 Outback gets when equipped with a CVT.
All models feature Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, as well as new standard features like hill descent control, hill start assist and Subaru’s X-Mode system. Subaru says that X-Mode “optimizes engine output and CVT ratio position, increases Active All-Wheel Drive engagement and uses enhanced control logic for the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system to reduce individual wheel spin.”
The redesigned Outback is slightly longer and wider, and it offers 2.7 cubic feet more passenger space than the model it replaces. Subaru says, “The added space includes gains in shoulder, front and rear hip and elbow room and rear legroom.” The 2015 Outback also offers more a bit more cargo space, with 35.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 73.3 cubic feet with the 60/40-split rear seats folded.
Standard, Premium and Limited trims will be offered, and the 2015 Outback comes with standard features like a rearview camera and an infotainment system with a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio and a 6.2-inch touch-screen display. Subaru’s Starlink smartphone integration is also standard, which provides access to Pandora Internet Radio, iHeart Radio and Aha Infotainment when paired with a compatible smartphone.
Available features include an upgraded infotainment system with a larger display, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a Harman/Kardon audio system and a power liftgate. New for 2015 is an optional rear vehicle detection system with blind spot monitoring, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. An updated version of Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance system is also available, which adds lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking. Outback models with EyeSight also get new steering-responsive fog lights. When the fog lights are switched off, either the left or right fog light can turn on by itself at certain speeds to improve illumination through turns.
Prices have not been announced yet, but the 2015 Outback will hit dealer lots this summer.
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