The 2015 Subaru Outback has finally been shown, at least in part. An early teaser picture has been released ahead of its full debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
Unlike the WRX, which is now only available as a sedan, the Outback has long been the workhorse wagon of the Subaru lineup. It still looks to have more than enough ground clearance above Subaru’s other models, now with a more refined look to round out the package.
Though Subaru has only given a single teaser picture of the 2015 Outback, what can be seen sure looks to be promising. Overall proportions look to be about the same, but many of the lines and details look to be more refined and elegant. The headlights in particular, a feature rarely overlooked in modern design, feature a striking daytime running light design. The DRL, which Audi seems to have put into widespread popularity in the past few years, often adds an extra tinge of class to almost any vehicle.
The 2015 Subaru Legacy, which was officially unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show several months ago, should be a good indication as to what powertrains are available for the Outback. The first possible engine is the 2.5 liter, 175 horsepower found in the standard Legacy. Connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the engine breaks no power records, but does manage to push the Legacy to 36 highway mpg. Another likely option is the larger 3.6 liter boxer-six from the Legacy, boosting power up to 256 horsepower. One additional possibility, though unlikely, would include the running gear from the WRX. Subaru’s new technology has been praised in the new WRX, which develops healthy doses of horsepower with acceptable efficiency, not to mention the available manual transmission. Unfortunately, if the Legacy shows the direction of the Outback, a manual transmission not likely be available.
Looking at the interior of the new Legacy, one could only hope that the Outback has gone through the same treatment. With Subaru’s continuously developing all-wheel drive technology, the 2015 Outback has big shoes to fill. The recent reiterations of the Legacy and WRX have come highly praised, but if the new Outback is anything like the other two, it should be quite an improvement.
The 2015 Subaru Outback is set to be unveiled on April 17 at the New York International Auto Show. Given that its sales account for a large percentage of Subaru sales in the country, this will be an important moment for the brand as a whole.