Hot from the launch floor, Motor Image Malaysia, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia has just taken the wraps off the all-new Subaru Outback 2.5i – S into our local market.
The Subaru Outback 2.5i – S 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 golf bags and bikes. So those of you who enjoy outdoor activities, this is a perfect vehicle for you!
In terms of design, the Subaru Outback 2.5i – S 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.
The Outback’s windshield is more raked, pulled forward 2-inches 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 Subaru Outback 2.5i – S 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 and the added space includes gains in shoulder, front and rear hip and elbow room and rear legroom.
Inside the cabin, the center console armrest provides a storage area that can hold an iPad or other small valuables. A covered and illuminated storage bin at the front of the console incorporates a USB port, Auxiliary Audio Input Jack and a 12v power port for drivers’ and passengers’ convenience. Apart from that, there is also premium audio with Harman Kardon speakers, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning and Bluetooth compatible connectivity available as standard feature.
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 the Subaru Outback 2.5i – S for the first time.
Under the hood, power is supplied by a double-overhead-cam (DOHC) FB series 2.5-litre BOXER engine that develops 175 hp and 235Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a smooth and responsive Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
Subaru extensively revised and retuned the MacPherson front strut suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension for greater handling agility and a more compliant ride. New quick-ratio electric power-assisted steering delivers outstanding feel and also helps reduce fuel consumption. As a result, the Subaru Outback 2.5i returns 7.7 litre/100km as quoted by the automaker.
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 Subaru Outback 2.5i – S now uses larger brakes, previously available only on the 6-cylinder model with ventilated rear discs in place of solid discs used previously. The Brake Assist safety system automatically applies maximum braking pressure in an emergency stop.
A newly refined version of the Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD comes standard in the Subaru Outback 2.5i – S. 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.
The Subaru Outback 2.5i – S comes equipped as standard with the X-Mode system. 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 wheel spin.
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.
The Subaru Outback 2.5i – S is now available for bookings at your nearest Subaru showrooms and it is priced at RM224, 846 OTR including insurance and GST. For more info, visit their official website here.