On April 17, 2014, Subaru revealed the all-new Outback at the New York International Auto Show. In his introductory comments, Subaru of America, Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Thomas J. Doll said, "Its mission is to be the all-around family companion. The friend that can take you to the mountains in the morning, the mall in the afternoon, and to the Met at night, and still feel at home no matter where you are."
Talk about adventure-ready: The 2015 Outback has enhanced capabilities, improved fuel economy, and more comprehensive features -- all while retaining the proven foundation of SUBARU BOXER engines and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. All Outback models have the Subaru Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and the addition of X-MODE, which optimizes the engine output and transmission ratio position, increases Active All-Wheel Drive system engagement, and uses an enhanced control logic of the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system to reduce individual wheelspin, providing optimal traction on low friction surfaces. It helps drivers safely navigate bad roads, slippery surfaces, or steep hills. X-MODE includes Hill Descent Control, which helps maintain constant speed when going downhill.
Handling improves with Electric Power Assisted Steering and the enhancement of VDC with the addition of Active Torque Vectoring. Along with the quicker and more precise steering, Active Torque Vectoring helps the Outback corner better.
High adventure calls for proper safety precautions. Subaru adds to Outback safety features with Driver and Front Passenger Seat Cushion Airbags and the Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection System, consisting of Blind-Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert. A new version of EyeSight is available, too, as are Steering Responsive Fog Lights.
Inside, there's more space, and greater convenience. Two-position memory is available for the driver seat, and there's a sill step that makes it easier to load cargo on roof rail systems. Audio systems include Subaru STARLINK™ smartphone integration for Aha™ Infotainment, Pandora®, and iHeartRadio®. The top-line available audio unit features a Harman Kardon® 576-Watt Equivalent Amplifier with 12 speakers.
View 2015 Outback images from the New York International Auto Show.
Watch the press conference, if you missed it live.
-- Ric Hawthorne