Originally posted by shirokuma
Yes. The questions you asked, and the Legacy that has been tested so far, are separated by a vast gulf of differing purposes. To wit: would you ask those questions of a new M3 being released?
I'm not trying to be facetious - the questions are certainly valid, but they relate only to the Outback/Lancaster (or Baja/Forester, I suppose) and not to the Legacy, given the separation in purpose between the lines. And the Outback/Lancaster is not due for release in Japan for a bit yet (even to press).
I think some of those questions can be answered now. Does it have a full-size spare? Not trying to be cute here, but lifting the trunk floor cover will answer that one. Certainly payload and towing specs must have been released for the new model now on sale; that info would be in the owners manual, at the very least.
Since there's been no mention of either the Hill-Holder clutch or dual-range tranny, I can only assume those are features MIA in the Legacy; as to the Outback, time will tell...
Also, one of my reasons for posting these questions—even though they may not seem appropriate for the Legacy—is to get a sense as to whether the new car (even in the sporting Legacy mode) is structurally any "beefier" than the outgoing model. Increased towing capacity would indicate that, for example. If it is, then that's a good sign for the yet-to-be announced Outback, I would think.