Subaru's 2010 Outback was unveiled at the New York Auto Show with all-new styling and larger engines.
Subaru threw a bit of a curveball to the assembled media at the New York Auto Show today, unveiling the 2010 Legacy as expected, but also revealing the 2010 Outback at the same time.
The redesigned "sport utility wagon" gets more assertive looks to go along with its larger body. Sarcastic onlookers will observe that since Fords are starting to look like Subarus, Subarus would apparently rather look like Infinitis. The wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer, and the body has been widened by 2 inches as well. The Outback is four inches taller. Overall length is decreased somewhat, but the packaging revisions have increased interior room, especially rear-seat legroom. Burlier fender flares and skid plates up front give the new Outback an SUV-like look. It's just fitting; with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Outback is more capable than some SUVs.
On and off-road performance are enhanced by a revised range of engines. The familiar 170 horsepower 2.5 liter boxer four-cylinder features active valve lift timing and can be hooked up to Subaru's new Lineartronic CVT. A six-speed manual is also available. A larger-displacement 3.6 liter H6 engine is also on the menu, with active valve control and 256 horsepower. Although it's a bigger engine, the 3.6 is physically the same size as the 3.0 H6 it replaces. It's also able to run on regular gasoline, rather than requiring premium. Power is driven to all four wheels by a five-speed automatic transmission. A larger 18.5 gallon fuel tank improves range.
Addressing the handling, Subaru has installed a new double-wishbone suspension at the rear, and mounted the front MacPherson struts to a revised engine cradle. Vehicle Dynamics Control stability control is now standard.
On-sale dates and pricing have not been announced.