Subaru has announced the Outback that was first launched in Europe in 1996 has received a range of upgrades for the 2014 model year.

Subaru has announced the Outback that was first launched in Europe in 1996 has received a range of upgrades for the 2014 model year.

The highlight is the new powertrain that sees the 2.0-litre Boxer diesel engine mated together with a Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) for the first time. It results in a fuel economy figure of 44.8mpg and emits 166/km of CO2 emissions. Further under the skin, the chassis has been upgraded to improve ride and handling.

Meanwhile, the exterior gets a set of new 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, two new liveries: Deep Sea Blue Pearl and Dark Grey Metallic and the black-plastic cladding has been replaced with body colored versions.

UK pricing for the Subaru Outback with the 2.0-litre Boxer diesel engine starts at £29,995 with manual transmission. This rises to £31,495 with the Lineartronic transmission.

See further details in the press release below.

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