April 17, 2014
SUBARU INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2015 OUTBACK® AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
- Bolder design for roomiest, most capable Outback ever
- Fuel economy at the top of AWD crossover class with estimated ratings of 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway for Outback 2.5i
- Lineartronic® CVT now standard on all models
- Revised chassis and new Active Torque Vectoring for greater agility
- Enhanced Active AWD and new X-Mode for increased capability
- Quieter, more refined ride and new amenities
- New available Rear Vehicle Detection System featuring Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- New version of EyeSight® driver assistance system with improved camera performance
- See our current inventory of Outback here
New York -
Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced the all-new 2015 Outback, the
fifth generation of the World's First Sport Utility Wagon®, at the New
York International Auto Show in the Jacob K. Javits Center. The 2015
Outback offers the roomiest interior, most capable chassis and highest
fuel-efficiency in the model's 20-year history. Its bold new design
delivers an even more compelling blend of on-road agility, off-pavement
control, ride comfort, interior refinement and safety technology.
The 2015 Outback arrives in Subaru dealerships in summer 2014. The
175-horsepower 4-cylinder Outback 2.5i model is available in Standard,
Premium and Limited trim lines, accompanied by the top-of-line
6-cylinder 3.6R Limited with 256 horsepower. All trim lines add more
standard amenities, conveniences and new infotainment systems.
The original Outback established a template for many competitive
crossover models that followed, and the new-generation 2015 Outback
further strengthens the melding of passenger- car and SUV attributes
that crossover shoppers seek. The 2015 Outback exemplifies Subaru's
mastery of outdoors-oriented vehicle engineering, not just for its
standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and raised ground clearance, but
also for numerous details that help make it more convenient to load and
carry cargo as well as items such as kayaks and bikes. Newly standard
X-Mode, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist augment Symmetrical
All-Wheel Drive to assist the driver in navigating rough roads, slippery
surfaces or steep inclines.
New for 2015, all Outback models come standard with the Lineartronic CVT
(continuously variable transmission), which features paddle-shift
control switches and is instrumental in the Outback's significantly
improved fuel economy. Manufacturer-estimated ratings of 25 mpg city /
33 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined are up from 24/30/26 in the 2014 model.
These figures place the 2015 Outback 2.5i at the top of the midsize
crossover class, bettering front-wheel drive versions of some
A new Active Grille Shutter system on the 2015 Outback 2.5i helps to
improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance when closed. Electric
Power-Assisted Steering and improved aerodynamics also contribute to the
increased efficiency in all models. Due largely to its new Lineartronic
CVT, the 6-cylinder Outback 3.6R Limited also improves fuel economy,
with manufacturer-estimated ratings of 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway/22
combined vs. 17/25/20 for the previous version.
Bold New Design Brings New Functionality
The all-new 2015 Outback introduces a bolder look with crisper, sculpted
lines that convey both its all-road capability and upgraded refinement.
A new front fascia combines the hexagonal grille and bumper into one
smooth piece. An aluminum hood reduces weight over the front wheels,
which helps enhance steering response. In the Outback 3.6R Limited, new
standard HID low-beam headlights give the car a more distinctive
nighttime signature. Limited trim line models feature turn signal
The 2015 Outback's windshield is more raked, pulled forward 2.0 in. at
the base. The new windshield angle, higher seating hip points, new front
partition windows and door-mounted side view mirrors help improve
visibility. The 2015 Outback maintains a footprint similar to the model
it replaces. Wheelbase is increased by just 0.2-in., overall length by
0.6-in. and width by 0.7 in. The changes, though small, yield a roomier
passenger cabin, at 108.1 cu. ft. (up from 105.4 cu. ft.). The added
space includes gains in shoulder, front and rear hip and elbow room and
rear legroom. The Outback's cargo area has been enlarged to 35.5 cu. ft.
behind the rear seats, up from 34.3, while maximum capacity with the
standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks folded is now 73.3 cu.
ft., up from 71.3. In addition, the load floor provided by the lowered
seats now lays flatter, and new rear seatback release levers in the
cargo area enhance convenience.
The Outback continues with 8.7-in. ground clearance, which is higher
than for some SUVs, yet with low step-in height for comfort. New
step-style doorsills allow one to stand firmly when securing objects to
the roof rails with integrated retractable crossbars and tie downs. A
power rear gate with memory height is available on Outback for the first
New Safety and Security Technology from a Safety Leader
The 2015 Outback builds on the stellar safety performance of the
previous model, adding new front seat-cushion airbags that help to keep
occupants in place in a frontal collision. All trim lines come standard
with a rear-view camera, and a new rollover sensor can deploy the side
curtain airbags if an imminent rollover is detected.
For added nighttime security, the 2015 Outback features new standard
Welcome Lighting that automatically turns on cabin illumination and
exterior lights as the driver approaches or departs the vehicle. The
Limited trim offers a Keyless Access & Start system with PIN Code
The new Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection System, which is standard on
Limited trims and available for the 2.5i Premium, offers three
functions. Blind Spot Detection detects vehicles on either side of the
vehicle, in the driver's blind spots; Lane Change Assist detects
fast-approaching vehicles in adjacent lanes, and Rear Cross Traffic
Alert detects vehicles approaching from a perpendicular direction while
reversing, such as from a driveway. LED indicators on the side mirrors
alert the driver. Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses an indicator in the rear
view camera display.
The 2015 Outback offers the latest version of the EyeSight®
driver-assist system, the highest-rated front crash prevention system by
the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Available for
Outback Premium and Limited trim lines, EyeSight® uses Subaru-developed
stereo camera technology and integrates Adaptive Cruise Control,
Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. The 2015
Outback is projected to achieve the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, as the
2014 Outback did.
Models equipped with EyeSight® also come with new Steering-Responsive
Fog Lights. The feature, which works only when the fog lights are turned
off, activates the left or right fog light independently, depending on
vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide enhanced illumination in
the direction of the turn. The fog lights are pre-aimed for maximum
coverage in corners.
Four- or Six-Cylinder BOXER Engine
The 2015 Outback 2.5i is powered by a double-overhead-cam (DOHC) FB
series 2.5-liter BOXER engine that debuted for 2013 and now receives
numerous enhancements for lighter weight, improved efficiency and
quieter operation. Power is increased slightly, to 175 hp vs. 173 hp
before. Peak torque remains at 174 lb.-ft. but is spread over a broader
engine speed range for more responsive performance in all driving
In the Outback 3.6R Limited, the 3.6-liter BOXER 6-cylinder engine
produces 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Notably, the 3.6 engine
sustains at least 225 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm, making
the Outback 3.6R Limited feel exceptionally smooth and responsive in
Standard Lineartronic CVT
For 2015, all Outback models now come standard with a Lineartronic CVT
(continuously variable transmission), with the 6-cylinder model using a
high-torque version. Changes made to reduce friction in the CVT
contribute to higher fuel efficiency. Because a CVT does not shift
gears, the driver enjoys smoother performance in all driving situations.
The CVT's selectable manual mode offers six pre-selected ratios to
allow the driver to "shift" manually using steering wheel paddle
switches. This feature can provide added driver control when driving
down inclines, for example.
Enhanced Agility and Quieter Ride
Subaru extensively revised and retuned the MacPherson front strut
suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension for greater handling
agility and a more compliant ride - a difficult balance to achieve. New
quick-ratio electric power-assisted steering delivers outstanding feel
and also helps reduce fuel consumption. The Outback 2.5i is equipped
with standard 17-inch wheels, and the Limited trim line features 18-in.
Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Vehicle Dynamics Control
(VDC) stability and traction control system, fosters more neutral
cornering by applying brake pressure to the inside front wheel. The
Outback 2.5i now uses larger brakes previously available only on the
6-cylinder model, and all models now have ventilated rear discs in place
of solid discs used previously. The Brake Assist safety system
automatically applies maximum braking pressure in an emergency stop.
The cabin blocks more sources of noise thanks to a new acoustic
windshield, liquid-filled engine mounts, thicker panels in key locations
(floor, toeboard, rear wheel apron, inner fenders) and expanded use of
foam insulation and floor damping material.
Greater Comfort and Refinement
New soft-touch materials, thicker cushioning for armrests and the center
console and new trim styles give the 2015 Outback a more premium feel.
The driver faces a decidedly sporty instrument panel, highlighted by two
binocular-style gauge pods with a center LCD information display --
3.5-in. on cars without the EyeSight® driver-assist system and 5-in. on
EyeSight® cars. An ECO gauge indicates and promotes fuel-efficient
driving habits using color bars. The Premium and Limited-trim levels
feature gauges with elegant blue ring illumination.
The heater control panel integrates the digital clock and outside air
temperature displays, with the time automatically corrected by GPS in
navigation-equipped models. A new one-touch lane changer function for
the turn signals adds convenience. Premium and Limited trim levels come
equipped with standard auto up/down driver and front passenger windows
with pinch protection.
The Outback 2.5i Premium delivers impressive comfort with a 10-way power
driver's seat (with power lumbar support adjustment); dual-zone
automatic climate control; the All-Weather Package (three-mode heated
front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer);
upgraded infotainment system; an air filtration system; leather-wrapped
steering wheel; fog lights, dark-tint privacy glass and more.
The Limited trim line models offer the highest level of luxury ever in
an Outback, adding to the Premium trim level content: perforated leather
upholstery; two-position memory for the 10-way power driver's seat; a
4-way power front passenger seat; dual-mode heated rear seats and a
power rear gate with memory height.
New Infotainment Systems
Subaru significantly upgraded infotainment capability in the 2015
Outback. A new 6.2 Infotainment System in the Outback 2.5i provides
AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®; Radio Data Broadcast System; single-disc
in-dash CD player; 6.2-in. multi-function touch screen display with
single-touch gesture control; Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration
with Aha™ Infotainment, Pandora® Radio and iHeart® Radio; a rear vision
camera; Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming;
iPod® control capability, USB port and aux. input jack.
The Upgraded Infotainment System for Outback 2.5i Premium adds a
6-speaker audio system; 7-inch touch screen display with multi-touch
control that offers swipe and scrolling gesture control; voice-activated
controls; SiriusXM® satellite radio; a vehicle information display; SMS
text messaging, iTunes® tagging capability and dual USB ports.
A new high-end audio system standard for Outback Limited combines an
AM/FM/HD Radio system with a harman/kardon® upgraded 576-Watt-equivalent
GreenEdge amplifier. The system's 12 harman/kardon speakers include a
front center speaker and a rear subwoofer. GreenEdge technology provides
increased audio performance and amplifier efficiency while consuming
less power and reducing heat dissipation.
The available navigation system's interactive voice command system
accepts natural language and phrases, and this functionality can also
operate the dual-zone automatic climate control system.
The center console armrest provides a storage area that can hold an
iPad®. A covered and illuminated storage bin at the front of the console
incorporates a USB port, 3.5mm AUX jack and a 12v power port. Models
with high-grade audio or navigation feature two USB ports, making it
possible to listen to music and charge two connected devices.
Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Enhanced Capability
A newly refined version of the Active Torque Split version of
Symmetrical AWD comes standard in all 2015 Outback models. The system's
electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch actively
controls torque distribution in response to driving conditions and wheel
slippage. Taking input from acceleration, steering angle and yaw rate
sensors, Active Torque Split AWD optimizes traction and steering
response when accelerating through turns and curves, particularly when
the road surface is slippery.
All 2015 Outback models come equipped as standard with the X-Mode
system, which debuted on the 2014 Forester. When engaged by a switch on
the console, X-Mode optimizes engine output and CVT ratio position,
increases Active All-Wheel Drive engagement and uses enhanced control
logic for the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system to reduce individual
Engaging X-Mode also activates the new Hill Descent Control, which uses
engine braking to help maintain a constant vehicle speed when the
Outback is traveling downhill, enhancing vehicle control. New Incline
Start Assist helps to momentarily minimize forward or backward vehicle
rolling on inclines, and the electronic Hill Holder System holds the
vehicle in place until the driver presses the accelerator pedal to pull
away from a stop.
Subaru produces a full line of all-wheel drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, along with the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the
company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600
dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured
in zero-landfill production plants, and Subaru of Indiana Automotive
Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a
backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For
additional information visit www.subaru.com.