The new 2018 Subaru Outback is officially coming out as a refreshed variant of its 2017 counterpart. This implies that customers can expect certain design upgrades and tech improvements. However, the Subaru has already stated that it would not change its powertrain line-up for the upcoming Outback model. When Subaru released their 2017 Outback model, they received minor criticism from its customer base for low spec models. Well, in order to rectify that mistake and add another impressive vehicle to their roster, they have introduced the brand new 2018 Subaru Outback.
2018 Subaru Outback – Design Upgrades
The customers will find minor exterior design changes in this new 2018 Subaru Outback. Since there are hardly any mechanical changes coming in this model, chances are that customers will be offered certain standard upgrades in its interior. Some of these changes include:
- Modern safety features include Subaru’s EyeSight technology.
- A brand new power controlled tailgate design, with heated back seats and more passenger room.
- Improved gauge cluster design with lane sensors and cruise control.
- Modified dashboard design which includes better steering response and revised instrumentation.
Just like its predecessors, the 2018 Subaru Outback will have different trim variants depending upon its engine options. These trim models include:
- Premium 2,5i
- Limited 2,5i.
- 3,6R Limited.
- 2,5i Touring.
- 3,6R Touring.
2018 Subaru Outback – Engine Options
As far as engine choices and performance upgrades are concerned, the 2018 Subaru Outback will have no additions to their existing roster of engines. So customers can expect to receive 2 separate engine options for this model as well. These engine options include:
- A 2.5 LITER inline 4 cylinder gasoline powered PZEV engine unit that can effectively produce around 175 HP of max power, along with 174 lbs. feet max torque.
- Its second option includes a 3.6 LITER inline 6 cylinder Boxer DOHC powertrain unit that can produce 260 HP of max power, along with 247 lbs. feet max torque.
Fuel Economy and Performance
Since the Subaru is not changing its engine options for this upcoming model fuel economy stats would not be affected either. Both engines will be mated with a CVT transmission module. Hence, the customers can expect a combined EPA rating of 28 MPG from its 2.5 LITER unit, as it estimates around 25 MPG in city drive and 32 MPG in highway drive.
In addition to that, its 3.6 LITER unit is estimated a combined rating of 22 MPG, from its 20 MPG city drive estimate and 27 MPG highway drive rating. All engine models will be available in a standard all-wheel drive train configuration. There has been no news regarding the availability of optional drive train units.
2018 Subaru Outback – Price and Availability
Pricing of the new Subaru Outback will be varied due to its different trim models. Experts suggest that its base 2.5i model might cost $26,500, whereas its 2.5i Premium will start from $28,500. For its 3.6R models, a base price of $37,000 is very likely. All models will be released by the 1st quarter of 2017.