Highest level of comfort, quietness and refinement.
Revised powertrains: increased performance and efficiency.
Enhanced EyeSight driver-assistance system with improved camera
New safety technology available, including rear radar with Blind Spot
Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is
pleased to announce the release of the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback.
Recently revealed at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the
adventure-ready mid-size SUV alternative provides stellar car-like
handling with the versatility of an SUV.
Offering a choice of 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder BOXER engines, the 2015
Subaru Outback comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a
6-speed manual transmission and a Lineartronic continuously variable
transmission (CVT) is optional. Fuel economy ratings for the 2015
Outback have been improved in 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder iterations. The
2015 Outback 2.5i CVT models are estimated at 8.0 L/100 km city, 6.0
L/100 km highway and 7.1 L/100 km combined. Trims with the 6-cylinder
engine have estimated fuel economy ratings of 11.2 L/100 km city, 7.4
L/100 km highway and 9.5 L/100 km combined.
The all-new 2015 Outback arrives in Subaru dealerships this summer with
the 4-cylinder models available in 2.5i, 2.5i Touring and 2.5i Limited
trim lines, while the 6-cylinder models include 3.6 Touring and 3.6
Limited. The 2.5i has an available PZEV Package and a Technology
Package is optional on the 2.5i Touring, 2.5i Limited and 3.6 Limited.
The 2015 Outback marks the most well equipped version of the vehicle
ever. Features such as a 10-way power driver seat with two memory
storage, dual-stage heated rear seats, auto-dimming side view mirrors
with approach lighting, a 12-speaker harman/kardon premium audio system
with a 576-watt amplifier, rear seat heating and air conditioning
ventilation and a power tailgate. A host of new safety features are now
available on select 2015 Outback trims, including: Blind Spot
Detection, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert,
steering-responsive fog lamps and a standard reverse camera. These
features not only exude Subaru's commitment to providing superior
levels of safety, but also an increased comfort level for occupants
that rivals premium offerings.
Versatile form and efficient function
The all-new 2015 Outback blends versatility and functionality in perfect
harmony. A sporty, yet elegant exterior is achieved in the front with
the use of a "nosecone" front bumper that combines the grille into one
smooth piece. An aluminum hood reduces weight over the front wheels
while also enhancing steering response.
The 2015 Outback's windshield is more raked, pulled forward 70 mm at the
base. The new windshield angle, higher seating hip points, new front
partition windows and door-mounted side view mirrors help to improve
visibility. Although the 2015 Outback has a similar footprint as the
outgoing model, strict detail was placed on improving fuel economy
through aerodynamic efficiency and also the addition of an Active
Grille Shutter on 2.5i trims, helping to reduce wind resistance when
New Levels of Safety and Security
The 2015 Outback comes standard with a rear-view camera, now located
closer to the centre of the car for more natural imaging. 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 car. Vehicles equipped with the optional Technology Package
offer a proximity key with push button ignition as well.
A new rear radar system, standard on the 2015 Outback 2.5i Touring,
Limited and 3.6 Touring and Limited, introduces the brand's next step
toward full-perimeter preventive safety. The rear radar system offers
three functions: Blind Spot Detection detects vehicles behind the
C-pillars and in other blind spots; Lane Change Assist detects
approaching vehicles when changing lanes, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
detects close vehicles while reversing, such as out of a parking space
or driveway. LED indicators on the side mirrors paired with an audible
warning alert the driver of vehicles travelling in their blind spots
and when changing lanes. Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses an indicator in
the rear view camera display.
The EyeSight driver-assist system option available with the Technology
Package on the 2.5i Touring, Limited and 3.6 Limited integrates
Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane
Departure Warning. EyeSight, which uses Subaru-developed stereo camera
technology, is the highest-rated front crash prevention system by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2015 Outback is
projected to achieve the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
Choice of Subaru BOXER Engines
The 2015 Outback 2.5i is powered by a double-overhead-cam (DOHC) FB
series 2.5-litre BOXER engine that debuted in 2013 and now receives
numerous enhancements for lighter weight, improved efficiency and
quieter operation. Power is increased slightly, to 175 hp, up from the
previous model's 173 hp. Peak torque remains at 174 lb.-ft. but is
spread over a broader engine speed range for more responsive
performance. The 2.5i Outback is outfitted with a 6-speed manual
transmission as standard and an optional Lineartronic CVT is available.
The 3.6-litre BOXER engine produces 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of peak
torque. For 2015, 3.6-litre engine equipped models now come standard
with a high-torque Lineartronic CVT. Changes made to reduce friction in
the CVT contribute to improved fuel efficiency in the 2015 Outback. All
models are equipped with Incline Start Assist and the electronic Hill
Holder System that holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies
The Outback offers an even smoother, quieter ride for 2015 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.
New quick-ratio electric power-assisted steering delivers outstanding
feel and also reduces fuel consumption. Revised spring and damper
tuning, altered geometry and standard 17-inch wheels (and new 18-inch
wheels on Limited Package models) endow the 2015 Outback with greater
handling agility. First introduced on Subaru's high-performance 2015
WRX and WRX STI models, Active Torque Vectoring - an enhancement of
the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control
system - can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel to
facilitate more neutral cornering. The 4-cylinder Outback now uses the
same ventilated rear disc brakes as the 6-cylinder model, in place of
solid discs used previously.
More Room, Greater Refinement
With nearly the same exterior footprint as the previous Outback, the
2015 model offers a roomier passenger cabin with gains in rear-seat
legroom measuring a generous total of 967 mm. The Outback's trunk has
been enlarged to 1,005 litres, up considerably from 857 litres in the
2014 model, a significant point considering that the standard
symmetrical full-time AWD system requires packaging for the multilink
rear suspension, a rear differential and drive axles. Standard 60/40
split folding rear seats expand cargo-carrying capacity even further.
The driver faces a decidedly sporty instrument panel in the 2015
Outback, highlighted by two binocular-style gauge pods with centre LCD
information display and measuring 3.5 inches on cars without the
EyeSight driver-assistance system and 5 inches on EyeSight equipped
vehicles. On all models, an ECO gauge promotes fuel-efficient driving
habits using coloured bars. Touring and Limited Package models feature
electro-luminescent gauges with elegant blue-ring illumination.
The 2015 Outback also offers new levels of interior refinement. A
combination of new soft-touch materials, thicker cushioning for
armrests and the centre console and new trim styles give the Outback a
more premium feel. The heater control panel integrates the digital
clock and outside air temperature displays. A new one-touch lane
changer function for the turn signals has also been added. Outback
models also come equipped with standard auto up/down driver and front
passenger windows offering pinch protection.
Subaru significantly upgraded almost all entertainment features in the
2015 Outback. The Outback 2.5i system provides AM/FM stereo with
SiriusXM satellite radio, Radio Data Broadcast System, in-dash CD
player, 6.2-inch multi-function touchscreen display, Subaru STARLINK
connectivity with Aha smartphone integration, rear-view camera,
Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod
control capability, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack. The
multi-touch display offers swipe and scrolling gestures, similar to
smartphones and tablets.
The upgraded system in Outback Limited Package trims adds a 12-speaker
harman/kardon audio system, including a front centre speaker and a rear
subwoofer, a 7-inch touchscreen display, SMS text messaging and iTunes
The 7-inch touchscreen display on the Limited Package models features an
interactive voice command system that accepts natural language and
phrases and also operates the dual-zone automatic climate control
A new covered storage bin at the front of the centre console
incorporates the standard USB port, 3.5-millimetre AUX jack and a
12-volt power port. Models with high-grade audio or navigation feature
two USB ports, making it possible to listen to music and charge two
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Subaru Outback models outfitted with a 6-speed manual transmission are
connected to a viscous-coupling limited-slip centre differential that
provides near neutral handling and maximum control for the driver.
Outback models equipped with Subaru's Lineartronic CVT gain a newly
refined version of the Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD.
An electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch
actively controls torque distribution in response to driving conditions
and wheel slippage. The system can send additional torque to the rear
wheels either proactively or in response to slippage at the front
wheels. 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.
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more
information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.
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