Many carmakers tried to make something similar but always failed. The Outback remains a class for itself. It is a vehicle that takes the best from two worlds. Therefore, it’s not a strange thing to see that many experts can’t agree is this a crossover or station wagon. Without any doubt, it is a little bit of both and a great news is the fact that the 2020 Subaru Outback is about to come completely new.
According to the latest reports, the next generation is under development and it is about to come quite soon, in a year or something like that. That means a relatively quick turnaround, considering that the current model is on the market since 2014. The company wants to make the new model even better and therefore, we are about to see lots of new design solutions.
Of course, it all starts with a new platform, but the 2020 Subaru Outback is about to come with many other significant improvements, including completely new aesthetics, a new powertrain and lots of other new technologies.
2020 Subaru Outback Redesign
The first thing that should be mentioned for 2020 Subaru Outback is the platform. This redesign is about to bring the company’s new architecture, simply called Subaru Global platform. Its super-modular character allows all kinds of applications, so expect the new platform to underprint pretty much everything that is about to come in the next few years.
Benefits of the new architecture will be numerous. Of course, the first thing that comes to our minds is weight reduction and improved efficiency. Moreover, it will also provide more rigidity, better handling, higher comfort and less noise inside the cabin.
2020 Subaru Outback Styling
The biggest drawback of the current-generation model is probably it’s styling. To make it clear, the current model doesn’t look bad but definitely seems way too conventional, even for Subaru’s standards. The new generation will probably continue with a conservative approach, but with significant updates. Of course, expect some influence from the recent Viziv concept, though this one definitely looks too extreme for serial production. Don’t count on those fancy C-shaped headlights. Still, count on a much bolder look, with new hexagonal grille and angular overall look. Speaking of the overall look, the base shape will definitely remain the same. In practice, this means a wagon body with the crossover’s chassis setup.
It is possible but not necessary to see the 2020 Subaru Outback with bigger dimensions. In the past, each redesign was characterized by a slight increase in terms of wheelbase and overall dimensions. In this case, it should be minor. The current generation is already among the most generous crossovers in terms of legroom and cargo space, so there is really no need for bigger improvements in this aspect.
2020 Subaru Outback Interior
On the inside, we definitely expect to see lots of conservative design solutions. This company is well-known for its approach when it comes to cabin design, which is rather about practicality than style. The new 2020 Subaru Outback should continue in the same way. Despite not being the most stylish, the current cabin is full of hi-quality materials, so don’t worry about the upcoming model. As we already mentioned, the current model already offers plenty of room. Both rows are very spacious and comfortable, while the cargo area offers around 35 cubic feet and two times more when rear seats are folded. The new model should come with similar figures, probably with slight improvement.
Besides lots of quality and space, one of the Outback’s strongest points has always been a long list of standard equipment. This especially refers to tech and safety features, so expect further upgrades and updates with this redesign. The famous Subaru’s EyeSight will be a standard feature in all trim levels. It should be expanded with a couple of new, advanced driver aids and safety systems.
2020 Subaru Outback Engine
The 2020 Subaru Outback will suffer a lot under the hood. The current model comes in two powertrain variants. You can choose either poor acceleration of the base four-cylinder engine, or a thirsty six-cylinder unit. Therefore, the company has developed a brand-new engine. It is a 2.4-liter turbo inline-four unit, which offers plenty of power and great mpg ratings. Its max output goes around 260 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, which is on par with most V6 engines in the class. Count on a CVT gearbox and AWD in base models. Don’t count on a manual transmission.
Also, various reports suggest a hybrid version in the offer too. At the moment, we are still waiting to get some info from the officials.
2020 Subaru Outback Release Date and Price
Official details about the 2020 Subaru Outback release date are still unavailable, but the new model will definitely arrive in a year or two. When it comes to the base price, the new model will probably cost a little bit more than the current one, due to a new engine. Currently, the price starts at around 27.000 dollars, while the new one should go around 30.000.