Even though we haven’t seen any testing prototype so far, we are pretty sure that Subaru works on the next-generation Outback right now. The automaker’s bestselling nameplate in North America is getting ready to receive a number of important changes which will make it essentially better from its predecessor. According to Planet Subaru, the fully redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback will arrive next summer, but that not officially confirmed at the moment. Still, Subaru’s models always have a five-year life cycle, so that’s going to be the case with the Outback for sure.
The 2020 Outback will most definitely ride on carmaker’s “Global Platform”. Actually, the architecture supports most of Subaru new models and will probably underpin every future vehicle. The chassis will not only improve the rigidity of the popular wagon-crossover but also handling and comfort. Plus, the redesigned vehicle will have less vibration and noise. We know all this because of all that happened with the new Impreza and Forester.
The next-gen Subaru Outback will also grow in size without any doubt. Of course, the larger footprint will have a positive influence on cabin space. However, the extra room inside will mostly be exploited for the second row of seats.
Just don’t expect any big exterior changes. Even though the automaker works on a new-gen model, the popular nameplate will receive minor changes for sure. The automaker never makes big cuts, so why would they change their philosophy this time? Instead, the 2020 Subaru Outback will get a fresh face resembling the new Ascent.
The manufacturer will not forget to add new functions like DriverFocus which debuted on the 2019 Forester. In addition, Eyesight will become a standard part of every Outback.
You won’t find the current 3.6-liter boxer-six under the hood of the redesigned Outback. No, the automaker will get rid of it in order to improve fuel economy numbers. On the other hand, today’s 2.5-liter engine will stay for sure. More precisely, the mill will receive an update which makes it better for 12 hp and 2 lb-ft of torque. In place of the six-cylinder option, the carmaker will add Ascent’s 2.4-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine that pumps out 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of twist. Of course, all-wheel-drive will stay standard, while a CVT should be updated.