After driving so many vehicles in the past couple of weeks regretfully I haven’t had the opportunity to test drive something from the Subaru range. So, when Subaru South Africa announced the anticipated arrival of the all-new Subaru Outback SUV needless to say I cannot wait to test what I think could be more of a sporty, rouged SUV. Apparently, the Outback is going to be the most advanced, the most capable and safest SUV in the brand’s history.
I think that due to a more powerful 2.5-litre direct injection Boxer® Engine as well as improved refinement and dynamic ability, the new Outback allows for this Subaru to be positioned of being more capable in all-terrain while simultaneously offering more luxury and convenience
Available in two derivatives, I think that Subaru angled both the Field and Touring towards more specific types of families. The Field, accurately named if you asked me, will appeal to the more adventure-seeking family with its unrefined design while the Touring will attract the city-loving family.
No matter the type of family and their needs, the Outback will arrive with oodles of technology for the family to enjoy. New to the vehicle, and something that I have thought to be overdue, is a Hands Free Tailgate function. This smart piece of technology works by a sweep of an arm in front of the Subaru badge to allow access to the boot.
Also new to the Subaru scene is the DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System, but don’t worry non-Outback Subaru driver’s as this will also be coming to other vehicles in the future. With a camera and facial recognition, the vehicle monitors the driver for indications of fatigue or distraction and it also warns the driver. Facial recognition also automatically adjusts the vehicle to the driver’s needs with the seating positions and mirrors.
Something that stood out for me about the vehicle is its new 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone-familiar swipe, drag and touch features. Apple CarPlay, Android and 4 x USB ports are standard throughout the range.
The Subaru is famous for its advanced generation of EyeSight®. This system now includes Autonomous Corrective Steering, improved lane keeping, vibration feedback through the steering wheel and an altogether wider field of view and therefore operation through the dual cameras
The all-new Subaru Outback is a leap ahead in terms of benchmark safety and technology not just for Subaru but for others in the segment as well. Representatives of Subaru South Africa are convinced that due to this new introduction and development, it is a continuation of their strategy to offer South African customers even more choice. They reported that It will be a mind shift in terms of what is possible.
The all-new Subaru Outback will be available from all Southern African dealers from 1 May 2021, priced at - Subaru Outback 2.5i-Field ES R699 000 and Subaru Outback 2.5i-Touring ES R729 000 respectively. Each Subaru Outback model is sold with a 3yr/75 000km Maintenance Plan as well as the 5yr/150 000km Warranty.