Subaru’s wagon-like crossover will receive a complete redesigned before the end of 2019. Regardless of the fact that we haven’t seen any testing prototype so far, the Japanese automaker started working on a new model already without any doubt. Moreover, we’ve managed to find out pretty much everything about the 2020 Subaru Outback thanks to our insider.
The new model will definitely receive an evolutionary redesign. That’s for sure because the automaker has no intention to make any drastic changes to its bestselling nameplate in America. Instead, the 2020 Outback will keep the profile almost unchanged, while the new front-end styling should resemble the all-new Ascent SUV. Around back, the wagon-like crossover will probably host a pair of reshaped taillights, redesigned bumper with new exhaust tips, and a bigger tailgate opening. The biggest change, however, will be a larger footprint and a new platform.
Still, we still have no idea how big is going to be the successor. On the other hand, it’s pretty clear that the avant-garde vehicle is going to ride on the Subaru Global Platform. The architecture will support almost every Subaru model in the future, which will drastically cut down building expenses. However, the chassis isn’t just suitable for every Subaru model. It also improves rigidity and handling; plus lowers down noise and vibration inside of the cabin. That was the case with the new Impreza and Forester, so it has to be pretty much the same for the new Outback.
In addition to the new platform and extra inches, the redesigned wagon will also host the latest technologies. For now, we are certain that Subaru’s new-gen semi-autonomous driver safety features called Eyesight are going to be a standard part of every new Outback. The list includes radar, highly accurate GPS and navigation systems, which will allow for automated lane-changes in certain conditions. The redesigned model will also host DriverFocus that made debut with the 2019 Forester.
The 2020 Subaru Outback will come without today’s 3.6-liter boxer-six that pumps out 256 hp and 247 lb-ft. Instead, the automaker will add Ascent’s new 2.4-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine that pumps out 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of twist. The entry-level model will keep the current 2.5-liter boxer-four that has been updated with direct injection technology. The improved mill will make 177 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Both options will be paired with all-wheel drive and CVT gearbox that’s going to be updated as well.