Subaru isn’t planning on messing with a winning formula when it comes to the Outback. The 2020 Subaru Outback will feature the same rugged, quality build that it has become famous for. That doesn’t mean that things aren’t changing. The wheelbase will most likely be longer as this is the first Outback to make use of the Subaru Global Platform. The centre stack will be updated with a bigger digital screen for the infotainment system, while the gauge cluster will be going digital.
You’ll still get the 5-seater layout. You’ll also get the Subaru Eyesight system, which consists of a set of cameras that identify other cars, pedestrians, and other objects around the car. The system also offers Driver Assist Technology that includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping and lane-centring assist, and active braking.
For the top trim versions, the Outback will also feature Driver Focus, which uses cameras to make sure that the driver is awake and alert. Facial recognition will ensure that each individual driver’s preferred seating position and climate control are engaged. You can also opt for blind-spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and a fish-eye view of the road ahead displayed on the touchscreen.
For the new Outback, Subaru will be using a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine—like the one in the Ascent—that can produce 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Subaru will keep the CVT transmission and the all-wheel-drive system. (Canadians can pick up a 6-speed manual transmission with Touring trim levels.)