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Old 04-06-2017, 10:27 AM   #1
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News Subaru debuts 2018 Outback


April 6, 2017

Subaru debuts 2018 Outback with more rugged styling, new safety features, premium interior and new multimedia
  • Revised styling reinforces unique Subaru identity and rugged character.
  • Refreshed interior with more premium materials.
  • Ride made even smoother and quieter.
  • New multimedia capabilities, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Nuance voice recognition.
  • New available Steering Responsive LED Headlight system.

NEW YORK - Subaru of America, Inc., which has posted month-over-month growth for 64 consecutive months, today announced that it will debut the 2018 Outback at the New York International Auto Show on April 12. The Outback is the Subaru’s best-selling model. The 2018 Outback arrives this summer.

Featuring revised front and rear styling for a more robust stance, the 2018 Outback also debuts significant upgrades to comfort, safety and multimedia capability. Many new engineering and design details throughout the 2018 Outback enhance the driving experience and the vehicle’s versatility.

As the World’s First Sport Utility Wagon the Subaru Outback was instrumental in launching the crossover trend more than 20 years ago, with rugged styling that highlighted increased capability. Today, the Outback offers the most interior room in an expanding segment of sport-utility wagons: total passenger volume 108.1 cu. ft., plus 35.5 cu. ft. of space behind the rear seats and 73.3 cu. ft. with the standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback folded. The load floor is nearly flat, and the cargo area features convenient rear seatback release levers.

Numerous details help make the Outback convenient to load and carry cargo, as well as items such as kayaks and bikes. Roof rails with integrated retractable crossbars are standard on all models, except Touring, which features exclusive low-profile roof rails in a silver finish with available detachable crossbars. Step-style doorsills allow a person to stand firmly when securing objects to the crossbars on all Outback models.

Rugged Good Looks, With an Added Touch of Elegance
The Outback shows a bolder, more rugged looking face for 2018, highlighted by wider, lower grille openings and a new bumper that complement the iconic Subaru hexagonal grille. The C-shaped headlights, parking lights and new horizontal character lines extending outward from the grille subtly suggest the piston motion of the BOXER engine, a Subaru core technology. The redesigned headlights feature distinctive “Konoji” daytime LED running lights.

The redesigned front cladding enhances protection from mud and stones when the vehicle is driven off pavement. A new high-contrast wheel design on Limited trim highlight the luxury-class appearance for the 2018 Outback. The 2.5i base and Premium trims are equipped with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, and all Limited and Touring models offer 18-inch alloy wheels.

More Safety Tech for 2018
A proven safety standout, the Outback adds to its array of driver-assist features for 2018, including available new Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH). Available in conjunction with LED headlights, SRH aim the lights into turns as the driver steers. Also for 2018, Outback Limited and Touring models with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology feature High Beam Assist, which automatically turns the high beams on and off depending on traffic conditions.

More Responsive and Quieter
Enhancements made throughout the Outback chassis include retuned suspension dampers for a smoother ride, along with retuned steering and brake systems for a more direct feel and a more enjoyable driving experience. The Electric Power Steering (EPS) yields a smoother, more linear response to driver input.

Subaru made the Outback even quieter for 2018. The Lineartronic CVT for 2.5i models now uses a quieter short-pitch chain, and adjustments to engine timing under acceleration further reduce powertrain noise. Reshaped exterior mirrors are among a number of enhancements that further reduce wind noise. New sound-insulating glass for the front side windows makes the front seat area quieter, while thicker rear wheel well aprons reduce rear seat ambient noise.

Enhanced Comfort Throughout
All trim lines in the 2018 Outback line introduce new premium materials and a redesigned center console, highlighted by an available 8-inch display screen for enhanced multimedia capabilities. The Premium and higher trims feature genuine stitching detail on the dashboard, while Limited and Touring models also add stitching detail to the seats and door panels along with high-gloss black trim and silver-color bezels for various controls. A new Titanium Gray interior is now available, in addition to Slate Black and Warm Ivory, and the new steering wheel has a more luxurious look and feel.

In the Subaru tradition, numerous – and sometimes unseen – details enhance everyday comfort. The revised air conditioning system cools the cabin more quickly and provides more uniform temperature throughout the cabin. The temperature setting indicator is now located inside the control dial for more intuitive operation. As an added convenience, interior power is retained for a short time after the ignition has been switched off. The redesigned clock is larger and easier to read.

Rugged Capability
The Outback 2.5i is powered by a 175-hp double overhead cam (DOHC) 2.5-liter BOXER engine that produces 174 lb-ft peak torque. The Active Grille Shutter system helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance. The DOHC 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine in the Outback 3.6R produces 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of peak torque, sustaining 90 percent of peak torque from 2,000-6,000 rpm for exceptional response at all vehicle speeds. Both engines are teamed with standard Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) now with a seven-speed manual mode and paddle shift control switches. The CVT offers smoother response for 2018, thanks to a retuned electronic control unit (ECU).

The combination of standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and Active Torque Vectoring gives Outback confident grip in all weather conditions. In all 2018 Outback models, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is an active AWD system that uses an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch to actively manage torque distribution based on acceleration, deceleration and available traction. The 8.7-inch ground clearance on all Outback models excels many crossovers.
For driving in challenging conditions, standard driver-selectable 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) stability system to reduce individual wheel spin. Engaging X-Mode also activates Hill Descent Control, which uses engine braking to help maintain a constant vehicle speed when traveling downhill. The Outback also features standard Hill Start Assist.

Four Trim Lines
The 2018 Outback 2.5i will be available in standard, Premium, Limited and top-of-line Touring trims; the 3.6R will offer Limited and Touring trims. The top-of-line Touring was new for 2017, featuring the highest luxury content in the model line, plus standard Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and exclusive design elements. The Touring interior features Java Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, door panels and armrests with contrasting ivory stitching. In addition to all the equipment from the Outback Limited, the Touring includes a heated steering wheel, unique woodgrain patterned interior trim, and piano-black switch panel accents

Subaru Multimedia Upgraded for 2018
The 2018 Outback offers the brand’s latest SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia system with Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. The top-level system includes TomTom navigation with three years of free map updates. Two USB power ports are added to the back of the center console for rear seat passengers’ convenience.

The standard STARLINK 6.5” Multimedia system is an upgrade from the previous STARLINK 6.2” system and offers quicker performance. The available STARLINK 8.0” system debuts a new 8-inch central touch-screen display that provides smartphone-like operation. More smartphone-linked operations improve the multimedia experience while reducing the need to divert attention from the road or hands from the steering wheel.

Now using two microphones and technology by Nuance (maker of Dragon Dictation apps for computers and other devices) voice recognition is significantly improved in the 2018 Outback. The driver can more easily use Apple Siri or OK Google voice commands, and the system is compatible with multiple languages.

Among standard features on all SUBARU STARLINK systems are Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control, a USB port and auxiliary input jack. High-line trims add dual USB ports and other features. Smartphone integration features Aha and Pandora, along with STARLINK cloud applications iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Calendar, Music Player, News and Weather. Apps added for 2018 include:
  • Magellan NAVI offers advanced cloud-based mapping.
  • eBird advises of local bird sightings and locations.
  • Best Parking locates and compares parking rates.
  • YELP delivers crowd sourced reviews of businesses.
  • Glympse provides real-time location sharing.
  • RightTrack monitors driving habits and recommends improvements.
  • Quick Guide is a digital reference guide for the vehicle.
  • eventseeker provides information on local events.

Premium, Limited and Touring Outback STARLINK Multimedia systems are also compatible with Over the Air (OTA) updates using WiFi.

Safety Leader with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
The brand’s available award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, available on most trims, includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. The Lane Keep Assist system now activates earlier, at just above 37 mph. Models with EyeSight also come with Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which includes Lane Change Assist.

All Outback trim lines come standard with a rear-view camera. New for 2018, when reversing, the guidelines displayed on the screen move in sync with the steering to provide more accurate vehicle positioning.

The Outback builds on its long record as a safety standout, offering Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) and the new available Steering Responsive Headlight (SRH) system for 2018. RAB can detect objects in the vehicle’s path and convey audible warnings to the driver, showing distance and position of the object in the center display screen when reversing.

Also new for 2018, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) now detects pressure changes at individual tires. The Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert indicator lamp is larger and has been moved from the mirror’s surface to its side. In highline trims, redesigned LED turn signals in the mirrors are easier to see. Automatic locking doors are also new, and improved LATCH anchors make child seat installation easier.

SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services
Two SUBARU STARLINK packages are available and are among the most affordable in the industry. The STARLINK Safety Plus package, which is complimentary for the first year and $99 per year after that, includes SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts. For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus Package adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

Subaru of America, Inc. offers a full line of all-wheel drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, along with the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car. The Impreza, Legacy and Outback are built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA).

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That is a great refresh. Retained accessory power? Bigger clock? Individual tire TPMS? Better voice recognition and media? ... Even though these are small details, Subaru shows they listen to and address customer complaints with the product.

Makes it harder to want to wait for the switch to the SGP.
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That is a great refresh. Retained accessory power? Bigger clock? Individual tire TPMS? Better voice recognition and media? ... Even though these are small details, Subaru shows they listen to and address customer complaints with the product.

Makes it harder to want to wait for the switch to the SGP.
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This was another long standing request...
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I hate auto-lock! Oh well. I like the Outback, but I'm far from the demographic for it. Good updates are good.
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Subaru made the Outback even quieter for 2018. The Lineartronic CVT for 2.5i models now uses a quieter short-pitch chain, and adjustments to engine timing under acceleration further reduce powertrain noise. Reshaped exterior mirrors are among a number of enhancements that further reduce wind noise. New sound-insulating glass for the front side windows makes the front seat area quieter, while thicker rear wheel well aprons reduce rear seat ambient noise.

Anyone have any info on this? Adjusting the timing sounds like the 2.5 will be slower.

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Maybe they mean it changes gears sooner so it's not being wrung out as high, thus being louder, resulting in it being slower, thus being worse than previous years, thus still not a race car for car enthusiasts.
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That is a great refresh.
I agree.

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This was another long standing request...
It was, in my opinion, a vocal minority. I can say for certainty that I would not buy a car in which that feature could not be turned off.
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I really wish they would make a turbo outback again.
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I really wish they would make a turbo outback again.
If the H6 is being tossed out then you may very soon have your wish!
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  • Magellan NAVI offers advanced cloud-based mapping.
  • eBird advises of local bird sightings and locations.
  • Best Parking locates and compares parking rates.
  • YELP delivers crowd sourced reviews of businesses.
  • Glympse provides real-time location sharing.
  • RightTrack monitors driving habits and recommends improvements.
  • Quick Guide is a digital reference guide for the vehicle.
  • eventseeker provides information on local events.





Really? Is this a Subaru hobby we don't know about yet?

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They first put eBird/Birding on the 2017 BRZ and everyone got a kick out of that. I've never met another BRZ owner who went birding besides myself.
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Didn't know such a thing existed. I get flipped the bird a lot but, I think that's different.

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Looks good. Do they now have two distinct roof rail designs?
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. . . integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. . .
I held off from buying a 2017 Outback for my wife in order to see if the 2018 got Apple Car Play as rumored. My Subaru salesperson insisted that the 2018 would not have it. I now see she was just trying to get me to buy a 2017—not suprizing but it makes me want to order it through another dealer.

Also, 2.5i vs 3.6R, ignoring cost is the 3.6R a no brainer?
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I held off from buying a 2017 Outback for my wife in order to see if the 2018 got Apple Car Play as rumored. My Subaru salesperson insisted that the 2018 would not have it. I now see she was just trying to get me to buy a 2017ónot suprizing but it makes me want to order it through another dealer.

Also, 2.5i vs 3.6R, ignoring cost is the 3.6R a no brainer?
According to members here, if gas mileage isn't a concern then 3.6R complements the chassis and suspension very well. It's pretty much THE model to have.
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Subaru made the Outback even quieter for 2018. The Lineartronic CVT for 2.5i models now uses a quieter short-pitch chain, and adjustments to engine timing under acceleration further reduce powertrain noise. Reshaped exterior mirrors are among a number of enhancements that further reduce wind noise. New sound-insulating glass for the front side windows makes the front seat area quieter, while thicker rear wheel well aprons reduce rear seat ambient noise.

Anyone have any info on this? Adjusting the timing sounds like the 2.5 will be slower.
Perhaps Subaru is adjusting the timing so they don't ping low rpm/higher loads with 87 octane.
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If the H6 is being tossed out then you may very soon have your wish!
I am convinced that is the only way the Legacy/Outback will get a turbo model again. It will likely be HTCVT model only.
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I hate auto-lock! Oh well. I like the Outback, but I'm far from the demographic for it. Good updates are good.
I am sure it can be turned off. It better be able to be turned off...


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Really? Is this a Subaru hobby we don't know about yet?

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I heard it was developed FOR Subaru.

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I held off from buying a 2017 Outback for my wife in order to see if the 2018 got Apple Car Play as rumored. My Subaru salesperson insisted that the 2018 would not have it. I now see she was just trying to get me to buy a 2017ónot suprizing but it makes me want to order it through another dealer.

Also, 2.5i vs 3.6R, ignoring cost is the 3.6R a no brainer?

Your dealer(If I am guessing right) used to be big dog in our district. Getting their butts beat currently. They need sales. Now......


Not really. Just if they want Top Dog position back...This other dealer kinda came out of nowhere.
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They first put eBird/Birding on the 2017 BRZ and everyone got a kick out of that. I've never met another BRZ owner who went birding besides myself.
Interesting! I know there's an app for Yellowstone that tells you live sightings of wildlife. Poor animals can't hide anymore!
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Interesting! I know there's an app for Yellowstone that tells you live sightings of wildlife. Poor animals can't hide anymore!
Really?! I'm driving there in May! I want this app!
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Really?! I'm driving there in May! I want this app!
SQRLtrakkr.
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Really?! I'm driving there in May! I want this app!
If you make it out to Portland, lmk. I wanna kick you squaw in the nuts and give you a hug. In no particular order.
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If you make it out to Portland, lmk. I wanna kick you squaw in the nuts and give you a hug. In no particular order.
Actually I will be in Portland. I got lotso friends there. I pretty much stop through on every road trip.

I'll PM ya! My body is ready.

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I held off from buying a 2017 Outback for my wife in order to see if the 2018 got Apple Car Play as rumored. My Subaru salesperson insisted that the 2018 would not have it. I now see she was just trying to get me to buy a 2017—not suprizing but it makes me want to order it through another dealer.

Also, 2.5i vs 3.6R, ignoring cost is the 3.6R a no brainer?
Legacy and Forester's should also get apple car play this year, I believe the WRX/STI are the only ones not getting it.

If the extra $3500 from a limited with eyesight 2.5 to a limited with eyesight 3.6 doesnt matter nor does the 28avg (city/highway) vs 22avg (city/highway), I personally would go with a 6 cylinder. For a car of that size, it only makes sense go with a 3.6


Autolock - is something that most customer request, especially women and the elderly. The rest of the line up will get that as well, also delay off on the radio should be in the 18's too.
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Perhaps Subaru is adjusting the timing so they don't ping low rpm/higher loads with 87 octane.
Without a mention of changing the compression, changing the timing will make it slower. Yes it is not a sports car to begin with but, SOA should try to keep the 2.5 under a 10 second 0-60.

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