The Subaru diesel with automatic transmission has arrived in Ireland. The new 7-speed programmed Lineartronic CVT is available in the diesel Outback.
Launched in Europe in 1996, the original Subaru Outback pioneered the ‘Crossover’ concept. Upgraded from 2014, engineers have made further improvements, enhancing the car’s handling characteristics with revised suspension components and the latest incarnation of Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control.
The most significant development for Outback is the introduction of a new power-train pairing. A world first, Subaru engineers have combined the popular 2.0-litre Boxer diesel engine with a Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission).
With the new engine and gearbox combination the 2014 MY Subaru Outback will return a frugal 6.3 lit./100km (44.8 mpg) and 166g/km CO2 on the combined cycle.
The engine, and the front and rear suspension systems – the latter with a self-levelling feature as standard – are mounted on their own sub-frames, bringing about reduced vibration and noise. The fourth-generation Outback’s double-wishbone rear suspension is compact enough to give buyers a 526-litre luggage area (with the rear seats upright).
The Outback continues to offer a whopping 200mm of ground clearance, while the placement of the compact, horizontally-opposed engine and transmission afford a typically Subaru-like low centre of gravity, endowing the Outback with high levels of cornering stability.
Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system features on all Outback models. With manual transmission, the AWD technology is accompanied by Active Torque Split, and for those equipped with the Lineartronic CVT it is coupled with a centre differential with viscous limited slip differential.
Both drive-train layouts deliver reassuring driving dynamics in all conditions, on and off nroad.
The 2014 MY Subaru Outback 2.0D Lineartronic variant features high levels of standard equipment. For the exterior, 17” alloy wheels are standard, along with body-coloured power folding door mirrors (with integrated LED indicator repeaters), and matching colour-coded door handles.
Roof rails and a roof spoiler are other exterior accents, while a power-sliding glass sunroof (with sunshade) and UV protected front, side and rear glass also feature. Self-levelling automatic HID headlamps and rain sensing wipers add convenience for the driver.
Additional highlights include pop-up headlight washers, heated mirrors, rear window defogger with timer, front and side window defrosters, and a windscreen wiper de-icer function, while larger fog-lights give the car greater road presence.
For further comfort and convenience of driver and passengers, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, Bluetooth® hands-free system, audio system with USB connectivity and a VGA centre display with rear vision camera are all present.
A one-touch lane change facility has also been added which activates the indicators to flash three times.
There are two new colours - deep sea blue pearl and dark grey metallic, and additional features such as satellite navigation available. Recommended retail price - 2.0TD SE manual €41,995; 2.0D SX Lineartronic €44,995.