The much-anticipated new generation Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Liberty and Outback have been unveiled in Japan.
Australian versions, to be launched in September, will be based on the Japanese market cars, including Liberty sedan and wagon variants.
Packed with technologies new to Subaru, Liberty and Outback cabins are wider and longer, producing a more spacious environment.
Ultra efficient Lineartonic Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT)
A six-cylinder 3.6 litre engine – Liberty and Outback’s biggest yet
Knee airbags, underlining Subaru’s long-held safety commitment
Engine cradle – folds to isolate the block from the cabin in heavy crashes
Rain sensing windscreen wipers and auto on/off headlights
Push button start options
Reversing camera with factory-fitted SatNav options
Factory testing by Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the maker of Subaru cars, suggests both Liberty and Outback will achieve strong five-star occupant safety ratings when tested locally by the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). This would continue the impressive trend of every new Subaru currently sold in Australia.
Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “New Liberty and Outback are stronger, more spacious and even safer than the current cars.
“They also adopt the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Concept that’s been so successfully applied to new generation Impreza and Forester, producing a great drive. Both models have proved their customer appeal by achieving record sales.
“The FHI engineers have again achieved a clever balance of enhanced fuel efficiency in larger and safer cars that have a longer standard features list than ever.
“Liberty and Outback will build strongly on the respected records of the current cars, at the same time maintaining the fun driving that’s at the heart of every Subaru.”
Pricing will be announced at local launch in September.
In November Subaru will also launch the six-speed manual Outback diesel.
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