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2020 Subaru Outback: Redesign, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - April 19, 2019
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It’s been five years since its last redesign, and the Subaru Outback is primed for yet another reworking. The 2020 Subaru Outback will hit showrooms with an all-new look, new powertrain options, and a list of new tech features. Here’s what to expect when it arrives.

Resting atop the new Subaru Global Platform, the 2020 Outback will be 70% stiffer in torsional and front-suspension rigidity, and 100% stiffer in lateral flexural and rear subframe rigidity, which will make it quieter, safer, and nimbler. Sitting on this new underpinning is a brand-new body that boasts more of an evolutionary redesign that a revolutionary one, which is typical of Subaru. The 2020 Outback’s new looks will include an updated grille, widened fenders, smoother side panels, new body cladding, LED fog lights, all-new taillights, and a more upright rear liftgate.

Inside, outward visibility in the 2020 Outback will be increased with a wider windshield. The cabin will also get a redesigned dash that will feature a more upscale appearance with its contrasting colors and available 11.6-inch touchscreen. Subaru will update al STARLINK infotainment systems in the 2020 Subaru Outback will be updated and include high-definition touchscreens, climate and X-MODE controls, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, and more. Available options will include in-car Wi-Fi, a 12-speakers Harman Kardon audio system, and more.

Seeking a unique look? The 2020 Outback will include an Onyx Edition XT version of the 2020 Outback with black-finish 18-inch alloy wheels and badging, a gray two-tone interior, water-repellent StarTex interior upholstery, and more.

2020 Subaru Outback

Standard under the 2020 Subaru Outback’s hood will be a 2,5-liter boxer-four engine that will produce 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. On XT trims, Subaru will add a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will pair to a continuously variable transmission with eight-speed manual mode and all-wheel drive.

Utility and efficiency are two things Outback fans expect, and the 2020 model will deliver. The 2.5-liter engine will deliver an estimated 26 miles per gallon city and 33 highway, while the 2.4-liter will allow it to tow up to 3,500 pounds and still get up to 23 mpg city and 30 highway.

The current Subaru Outback is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and with the 2020 model gaining a stiffer platform, we expect it to be even safer in a collision. On the tech side of things, the 2020 Subaru Outback will come standard with all the IIHS’ favorite items: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and more. Want more safety? There will also be available adaptive headlights, reverse automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, and more.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official on-sale date for the 2020 Subaru Outback, but we expect to see it in the fall of 2019.

Pricing remains unclear, but we expect at least a small price increase relative to the current Outback, which ranges from $27,320 to $39,970 (destination fees included).

The 2020 Subaru Outback will compete with the Buick Regal TourX, Audi A4 Allroad, and VW Golf Alltrack.

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Pictured: 2020 Outback

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