New Outback comes with ‘second pair of eyes’

The latest Subaru Outback will score a first in Ireland and Europe with a new safety package called EyeSight, a collision avoidance driving aid.

The latest Subaru Outback will score a first in Ireland and Europe with a new safety package called EyeSight, a collision avoidance driving aid.

EyeSight, which is new to the latest model, acts as a ‘second pair of eyes’ for drivers by employing stereo colour camera technology to monitor the road and traffic ahead for potential hazards.

With this ground breaking technology, plus Subaru’s comprehensive active and passive safety features, the new Outback benefits from lower insurance ratings, amongst the most competitive in its class.

This is the first time this driver assist technology has been made available in Ireland and Europe, and it helped Outback earn the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating.

The system’s two colour cameras are located either side of the rear view mirror. They detect the presence of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and other potential hazards.

EyeSight is fitted as standard to every Outback with Subaru’s Lineartronic (CVT) transmission, and includes six features - pre-collision braking and throttle management, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, pre-collision steering assist and lead vehicle start alert.

Launched in 1995

The Outback was launched here in 1995 and was the world’s first crossover, successfully combining the benefits of a passenger estate car with the all-road capabilities of an SUV. For 20 years the Outback has been Subaru’s flagship model in Ireland, winning praise for its practical, all-road nature and long distance capabilities.

The new, fifth generation Outback has an all-new exterior design, a significantly higher quality interior and a raft of new safety technology.

Space and practicality, world-class safety, all-conditions and all-terrain versatility, a higher quality cabin, more contemporary yet timeless exterior and interior styling and improved environmental performance were among the goals set and attained by the engineers and design team.

Outback is fitted with a horizontally-opposed four-cylinder ‘Boxer’ engine, fitted deep in the engine bay to ensure a low centre of gravity for improved handling, despite the car’s raised ground clearance. The 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine produces 150 PS and 350 Nm torque.

It will be offered with either a 6-speed manual transmission or Subaru’s programmed seven-speed Lineartronic (CVT) transmission.

Subaru insist handling and ride quality have been improved through the adoption of new, stiffer front struts which cut roll, and revised spring and damper rates for a more flexible reaction to bumps.

The most significant changes are inside with a range of higher quality materials used throughout; a new 7” touchscreen factory-fit infotainment and sat nav system. There is more storage and cabin space, and greater room for all occupants.

The boot capacity has been increased by 4.5% to 559 litres, while the Premium version is equipped with a new Smart Power automatic Tailgate for greater ease-of-use.

Prices - 2.0D SE €40,995 C02 145 (g/km); 2.0D SE Premium €44,995 145 (g/km); 2.0D SE Premium Lineartronic with Eyesight €48,995 159 (g/km).

Pictured is Subaru Brand Ambassador, Mike Ross, a key member of the Irish Six Nations championship winning team, when he dropped into the company HQ see the new Outback.