The Outback model is currently in its 5th generation and the 2018 Subaru Outback Hybrid is set to launch with some impressive design modifications. The Japanese automaker Fuji Heavy Industries has been producing the Subaru Outback series since 1994. Mostly driven in Asia and Australia, the Outback has also been popularized in North America as the Subaru Legacy and another similar rebadged version named Subaru Impreza.
2018 Subaru Outback Hybrid – Stylish Look
The earlier versions of Subaru Outback were designed to be station wagons. The current generation versions 2018 Subaru Outback Hybrid have been restructured to fit in the race of ever growing popularity of compact and mid-size crossovers. This new model will adopt the Subaru Global Platform giving it the stylish looks that most mid-size crossovers sport today.
The front gloss black grille of the SUV is hexagonal and has been lined with chrome. Three horizontal bars on the grille accompany the Subaru emblem. The advanced LED steering responsive headlights are designed in a swept-back style. Furthermore, the chrome highlights are added to the bumper along with fog lights and sleek air vents. Its taillights are boomerang shaped and chrome bumpers with rocker spoilers give an appealing look to the rear.
The aluminum plus high strength steel based body reduces overall weight and ensures better fuel economy of the 2018 Subaru Outback Hybrid. The Silver finished side mirrors have also been added. Standard 17-inch alloy wheels with the option of 18-inch wheels in higher trims keep the vehicle high on the ground. The cargo space is around 35 cubic feet which expand to 73.3 cubic feet when back seats are folded.
The interior design of the 2018 Subaru Outback Hybrid emphasizes on the luxury quotient for consumers. Calfskin upholstery for seats, heated steering wheel and trim on the dashboard are guaranteed for the 5-seater vehicle. Improved soft touch materials are used all over the cabin for more noise reduction. The air filtration system has also been improved.
An 8-inch touchscreen sits at the center of the console which can be used to control the Subaru StarLink infotainment package, vehicle specific version of Google Maps, climate control, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices, and has USB support. The ambient cabin lighting using LEDs and a 6-speaker audio system will enhance cabin entertainment. Its higher trims might also feature a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.
The new 2018 Subaru Outback Hybrid uses Eyesight Technology for driver assistance which is likely to have features like collision alert, blind spot monitoring, lane guiding sensors, and traction and stability controls. However, the StarLink safety services provide passengers’ security with controls for adaptive cruise selection, rear cameras, parking guidance and airbags for all passengers. The drivers will also have an X-Mode control for hill start and hill descent assistance.
The Subaru’s latest Outback will most likely feature a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. This engine will be paired with Lineartronic 6 speed CVT capable of delivering 175 HP power. Another one is a 3.6 liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine delivering the power of 256 HP. The engine comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Both rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive option will be provided.
The top speed of 126 mph can be achieved with these engine specifications at the expense of fuel economy of 25 mpg and 33 mpg in city and highway conditions respectively. The 2018 Subaru Outback Hybrid will be able to tow 3000 lbs.
Launch Date and Pricing
With competitors like the Nissan Murano, GMC Acadia, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Ford Edge, the 2018 Subaru Outback Hybrid will make its entry into the market in late 2018. Price will range from $25,000 to $35,000.