Subaru Outback has received some innovative changes for 2017 model year, but nothing has been done with the design of this model. That is not something to worry about since Subaru builds vehicles on five-year product cycle. And because of that and camouflaged prototype off course, we can expect new 2018 Subaru Outback.
2018 Subaru Outback – Design
What is the main problem of testing mules of carmakers and their design? Well, camouflage that is wrapped all around the vehicle is certainly one of them. But nevertheless, we all know what carmakers usually do with redesigning and we can slightly see what we can expect from 2018 Subaru Outback. The thing is this isn’t some major redesign, just some cosmetic changes.
Grille will probably be slightly redesigned. Only one item on front fascia that of course by law must not be covered is headlights that did not get any remodeling for now. On the other hand in the rear end bumper is somewhat raised and taillights are redesigned. That is all we can “see”, but probably those are only things that will change just to keep the model fresh for the next few years. The color palette has 9 colors to choose from so we aren’t expecting any additional ones.
Note: Image of 2017 Subaru Outback interior
2018 Subaru Outback – Interior And Safety
As far as the interior is concerned we can only guess since it’s illegal to get in the car while the driver is inside and take pictures. But pushed by other carmakers 2018 Subaru Outback will certainly try and keep pace with other premiums like Volvo XC60, Audi A6 Allroad, and others if he wants his piece of market share. A con of the current Outback by many is dull interior. Therefore we can expect a stronger redesign of the interior with more daring lines of the dashboard. In addition, premium leather upholstery comes with comfortable seats. Touchscreen will certainly be larger with updated infotainment system with many connectivity options.
There were a lot of safety options in the past, so we can’t expect anything spectacular in this field since 2016 model year received Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. For other improvements, we will certainly have to wait until more info comes out for this model.
2018 Subaru Outback – New Engine
The powertrains for 2018 Subaru Outback are not that mysterious. One option to power this model will be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It produces 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. Although “old” this engine has good mileage, 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Another one comes from their slow-selling model Tribeca. It’s optional 3.6- liter V6 engine which produces 256 horsepower and has good mileage thanks to advanced automatic transmission. The main thing that Subaru is developing is all new V6 engine that will replace current optional one but info for it is pretty scarce at this moment.
2018 Subaru Outback – Release Date
As far as the price is concerned Subaru raises their prices for only a few hundreds of dollars just to barely keep with inflation. The current price of Outback is $32.140, so no more than $33.000 should be starting price. On the other hand, it could go higher cause of the new V6 engine. But it’s early to know for sure. The carmaker will probably present new 2018 Subaru Outback in the first quarter of 2017. By then more information will be available.