Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Well that’s a question for the Subaru Outback 2015 edition.
The Subaru Outback isn’t a new model, but it is a Subaru classic. The first Outback model was launched in the 1994 as a part of the Subaru Legacy company. This model is 21 years old and over the years Subaru has been updating this model and bringing it as their flagship crossover car. The Subaru Outback is a sport meets off-roader combo and one that is working out very well for the company. In celebration of its 21st anniversary of its launch, the company released the Subaru Outback 2015. This year it looks Subaru has taken a very cautious step in the design of the car as the Outback 14 model had a good sales number and was one of their best selling models.
The Subaru Outback 2015 version was released at the Geneva motor show this year. The company says it hopes to improve where the 2014 edition lacked and had issues and they have added few additional features to keep the people buying the car.
Exterior looks : The Outback 2015 is similar to the 2014 edition with the bold changes being the headlights at the front. These headlights aren’t your ordinary headlights; these headlights dim when traffic is approaching so that you don’t blind the person coming on the opposite side. The design pattern on the front grille has been changed for the Outback 2015 edition and the wheels have increased by an inch from 17’ to 18’. The Outback has a very good ground clearance which makes it usable off road as well. The Outback 2015 edition comes in 8 flashy bright colours including a green which resembles the color used by the army, a good touch, I should say! The Outback has a solid line starting from the front going all the way back till the tail lights.
Interior : Interior wise, the car looks elegant. Its like you can drive this beauty on the desert where the dust is flying around still feel comfortable like how you were in your house. The dash and the seats are all wrapped in leather. The dash has a load of buttons and features to play around. One of the most hyped about features newly introduced with the Outback 2015 is the Eyesight Driver Assist feature, which has 2 cameras mounted near the rear view mirror that monitor the vehicles and objects on the road. If any object or vehicle suddenly stops in front of the vehicle, this feature helps in stopping the Outback 2015 spontaneously. The other feature is the X-mode. It assists the vehicle when it is travelling in a rocky terrain or a steep slope. The X mode automatically controls the speed and helps keep the vehicle stable. The other awesome feature is the Power Tailgate. This feature helps raise the tailgate without any manual operation, and it also has an added feature of memory feature where the height to which the tailgate is to be raised can be saved. One of the other features is the 7’’ Subaru Star Link touchscreen in the middle of the console. The touch screen has Sat-Nav, music and all other common features. Another feature in the starlink is the voice activated Sat-Nav system which helps the driver to concentrate on his driving.
Inside The hood : The Outback 2015 comes in 2 engine variants. They are the 2.5 and the 3.6. The Subaru Outback 2015 is fitted with the Subaru boxer engine. The boxer engine tech uses horizontally placed valves rather than the conventional V or W shape. In the 2.5 litre version, it has a 2.5 litre DOHC engine with a dual active valve control system. It produces 175 HP at 5800 RPM and produces 174 pounds per feet of torque at 4000 RPM.
The 3.6 liter version has a 3.6 liter DOHC boxer engine with the same dual active valve control system as the 2.5 litre. It produces 256 HP @ 6000 RPM and 247 pounds per feet of torque @ 4400 RPM. Both the 2.5 litre and the 3.6 litre variants have the lineartronic 6 speed continuously variable transmission and has a 4 wheel drive or an all wheel drive as Subaru calls it. Subaru boasts of its Lineartronic CVT as it makes the most of out of less fuel.
Needless to say, the Outback 2015 edition packs a powerful punch and is a very good update of an old classic. The Outback 2015 is priced at $25,000 and is worth the buck. There are some wicked features packed into the 2015 edition and it is indeed very promising. This is the answer to the question I asked in the first line. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? In the case of the Subaru Outback 2015, Yes, you can!
Written by Mark for The Wheels and Chips Journal
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