2018 Subaru Outback Introduces Enhanced Features and Improved Specs in the 2017 New York Auto Show

Apr 24, 2017 10:20 AM EDT | Hannah Jill

The 2018 Subaru Outback is back, hopefully with a vengeance, with new styling features and enhancements that will make Subaru fans opt to buy an SUV more. The previous models of Subaru Outback were also at the New York Auto Show some years ago.

What does Subaru have in store for the new 2018 Subaru Outback? The new model has lower and wider grille openings and a new bumper. New daytime running LED lights have also been added and a remodeled front cladding provides more protection from road elements like rocks, projectiles and other grit.

The new additions are steering-responsive headlights (SRH) that operate in tandem with the LED lights. Also, reports show that it has good shock calibration and enhanced power. The 2018 Subaru Outback keeps its two opposed engines as well. These are the 2.5L four-cylinder engine (175 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque) and the 3.6L six-cylinder engine (256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque).

These two engines are back but the gearboxes have been changed. The six-speed manual transmission is gone and replaced with an automatic. To make up for the loss, the 2.5L Subaru Outback will have paddle shifters attached to the steering wheel with seven pre-programmed speeds.

The AWD system comes with torque vectoring while the gearbox includes the X-Mode system where you can select your preferred driving style. Likewise, the 2018 Subaru Outback will have new multi-media features, like an 8-inch display screen, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and Nuance Voice Recognition.

Also for the 2018 Subaru Outback, the rearview camera will have guidelines displayed on its screen to help with vehicle positioning. Ultimately premium materials are used all throughout the interior.

Finally, the new 2018 Subaru Outback has a wheelbase stretched to 117 inches, making it four inches longer than the Ford Explorer. With this new Subaru, a quieter drive is expected with an upgraded chassis and retuned suspension dampers, as well as retuned steering and brake systems.

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