The redesigned 2021 Subaru Outback delivers more than before in a similar package. The sixth-generation, Impreza-derived, high-riding model is more refined and comfortable inside the cabin and adopts new more rigid platform underneath the slightly revised sheet metal.
The model brings more refinement but remains more off-road capable than most rivals and the turbocharged engine option earns also additional points for the model. The base engine is adequate and fuel-efficient and the hybrid version should also appear.
The model will also provide well-equipped trim options with standard active safety systems. For extra money, the model will offer a large center display and more premium materials and comfort features. Still, even the base Outback will keep you connected and come with several upscale features.
2021 Subaru Outback: Design
The 2021 Subaru Outback won’t be much different visually from the previous generation model but the new platform is the step forward.
The model gets benefits from the Subaru Global Platform which debuted on the 2017 Impreza. The modern platform design implements new construction methods combined with the high-tensile steel to provide better structural and torsion rigidity. The new modular design opens also the possibility for the hybrid and all-electric versions.
From the visual standpoint, the 2021 Outback is very similar to the previous-generation version. The front and rear are both familiar form and model kept also 8.7 inches of the ground clearance which is, however, higher than on many other SUV models. The model received the new-design taillights similar to that of the Forester. The grille, headlights and body shape are a close resemblance to the previous version.
The interior of the new Outback isn’t a huge step forward from the previous generation but there are several important upticks.
The model will provide a comfortable ride for adult passengers in all rows and there will still be more than 30 cubes of the cargo space behind them. With the rear seats folded the cargo room will expand to 75.7 cubic feet.
The model will also be well-equipped from the base version. Buyers will get a 7.0-inch touchscreen interface and Apple Car Play and Android Auto support, as well as LED headlights, USB ports, and cloth upholstery in the base version. Subaru provides again the range of active safety systems in all trims. Buyers will rely on adaptive cruise control, active lane control, automatic emergency braking, driver fatigue monitoring system, etc.
The upper grades will bring upgrades such as heated front seats, automatic climate control, a power liftgate, blind-spot monitoring, a moonroof, etc. The large 11.6-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system will also be available as well as the leather upholstery, cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, and more.
2021 Subaru Outback: Performance
The power for the 2021 Subaru Outback will provide two flat-4 engines with or without the turbocharger. The reports suggest also a possible inclusion of the hybrid variant but Subaru hasn’t yet confirmed its release date.
The base powering unit will be a 2.5-liter flat-4 non-turbo engine combined with the CVT and standard all-wheel drive. This engine will power the Outback with 182 hp and torque of 176 pound-feet. It should return 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highways or 29 mpg combined.
A 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 engine replaced the previous V-6 making 260 hp and torque of 277 pound-feet. The previous flat-6 unit managed 256 hp and torque of 247 pound-feet.
With this engine under the hood, the Outback will lose some of its fuel efficiency compared to the base non-turbo unit. The model should return 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway but will allow the towing capacity of up to 3, 500 pounds. This engine is also in combination with the all-wheel drive and continuously variable transmission.
The reports indicate a possible arrival of the hybrid version as well. Details are still unknown but it should combine a four-cylinder engine with the two electric motors, battery pack and CVT.
2021 Subaru Outback: Release, Price
The next 2021 Subaru Outback will go on sale sometime in 2020. The base version should cost around $26, 000.
The off-road-ready Subaru Outback is alternative to the wide range of models such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer, Volvo XC90 or V60, Audi Allroad and others.