2020 Subaru Outback Coming To NY As A More Rugged Legacy

Subaru will unveil its all-new 2020 Outback crossover at the New York International Auto Show on April 17th, next Wednesday.

Since the Outback is merely a derivative of the Legacy, we can safely assume that it will feature the same styling as the later, as well as the same global platform which is said to provide greater rigidity, improved handling and better refinement. We also expect the all-new Outback to be safer and more connected than its predecessor.

Aside from the fact that it will go on sale later this year as a 2020 model, not much has been confirmed officially with regards to the all-new Outback. The good news is that we can look to the Legacy for hints.

It is likely that the Japanese automaker will ditch the six-cylinder engine in some Outback variants and install a 260 HP 2.4-liter turbocharged four-pot in its place, like in the Ascent or the previously-mentioned Legacy. Meanwhile, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit with 182 HP should be available on entry-level models.

Same song and dance

When Subaru unveiled the 2020 Legacy back in February, it greeted us with wider fenders, a higher trunk line, new side mirrors and an overall slightly more dynamic stance. Expect the very same from the Outback, albeit in a station wagon body style with plastic cladding and a higher ground clearance.

As for what we can expect inside, there’s the Legacy’s large tablet-style 11.6-inch full HD touchscreen display, which is standard on Premium, Sport and Limited spec models – it remains to be seen how that translates to the Outback.

What we know will come at no extra cost is Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist system with Lane Centering Function, with the likes of the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation system, Front View Monitor, LED Steering Responsive headlights and Reverse Automatic Braking, also available.


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    • Adilos Nave

      Couldn’t agree more. Will see a freakin’ ton of them here in Boulder where it’s the city mascot. But that terrible CVT? Nope, can’t do it. I think they are good, solid cars that offer a lot for the money but good lord are they boring to look at. Absolutely zero style. This will look like the last 2-3 generations.

  • Rocket

    I must admit there has always been a certain appeal to the Outback. I love wagons, and the AWD and suspension travel would come in handy. And there’s nothing precious about it, which can be a good thing. Too bad every version I’ve sampled to date has been a letdown in terms of power, dynamics and refinement. Hopefully that will change with the new generation. They can start by tuning the throttle response to be less aggressive.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      The old Outback was one of the most boring, but capable wagons on the market. It was let down by the terrible base 2.5 and CVT combo so much. The 3.6 wasn’t much better, but it was much thirstier…

      • Alduin

        The current one is awesome,gets great gas mileage and has a range of 600 miles on a single tank of gas.

    • willhaven

      I’ve always thought the Outback was very comfortable and quiet. They seemed pretty refined in this respect.

  • charlotteharry57

    I’ve always been a fan of the Outback, but my other half, that would be driving it, is now fond of the new Forester. She hasn’t yet driven one and, unless Subaru fixes the lack of power for ’20 (’21 at the latest), we’ll be hightailing it to another brand. Going from a V6 to a dog of a 4 isn’t going to cut it.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Dog of a four? What?

      1. Subaru never had a V6 in any vehicle, and there was never a six cylinder in the Forester in the US.

      2. The new turbo four in the Outback has more horsepower and more torque than the outgoing 3.6.

      3. The turbo four has far, FAR more torque available at a lower RPM than the old 3.6.

      4. The turbo four will get far better gas mileage than the old 3.6.

      This really is a win/win for the consumer in all regards, I don’t see how you find this as a negative.

      • jason wu

        1. Correct. H6 is not V6.

      • PhilMcGraw

        I think he’s referring to the turbo 4 not being in the Forester yet. It’s going to be in the Outback for sure but Subaru just cut the turbo 4 from the Forester as of last year so there’s doubt as to whether they’ll reintroduce it.

    • Alduin

      I own a 14 Forester and I don’t like the new 19 model at all. The proportions are all off.

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  • Super Rob

    Had an Outback and Forester in the past 5 years. Nice, impossible to get stuck, and a bit underpowered. The Outback seemed more underpowered than the Forester. Both didn’t get as good of mileage as I would have expected.

  • Alduin

    It’s too bad the H6 is going to be discontinued. I wish Subaru would continue to make it and refine the EZ36 engine. It’s already refined now as is. Having it in the new model would’ve been awesome.

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