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2021 Subaru Outback ‘considerably upmarket’, pricing revealed

New Subaru Outback has better tech, premium appointments, improved drivetrain and towing, and a new look.

Subaru Australia has announced pricing and specification for its new generation Outback which will hit showrooms (and available to order online) from March this year.

Pricing for the simplified three-tier line-up starts at $39,990 plus on-roads. Although simplified for choice, Subaru says it is the most luxurious and well-equipped model in the stable: “Based on customer feedback, we’ve made a conscious decision to take Outback considerably upmarket, confirming its status as the flagship in the Subaru range,” said Subaru Australia GM, Blair Read.

“The aggressive rugged design, along with the suite of luxury features, technology, infotainment and safety inherent in every Outback will only add to its rock-solid reputation for value and whole-of-life costs.”

The new Outback is built on the latest Subaru Global Platform (SGP) that is safer than before, with a number of unique improvements. Unlike the previous generation Outback, no diesel drivetrain will be available, with only a 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder boxer engine fitted to every model. The new motor is improved, producing 138kW and 245Nm, mated exclusively to a CVT auto transmission. Unlike before, the transmission has a higher 8.1 ratio for improved acceleration and eight stepped gears, accessed via paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

As always, every model has all-wheel drive and is also equipped with dual-function X-Mode for off-road duties. Braked towing capacity is also the highest it has ever been for an Outback at 2000kg.

Inside is a revised cabin with more sophisticated materials and trims, including a large 11.6-inch digital display screen mounted vertically between the front two seats, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and other applications. New for this generation, the Outback also incorporates an airbag underneath the front passenger’s seat which moves the occupant upwards in the event of a collision, helping to prevent the torso from slipping under the seat belt.

On the safety front, this new Outback is also the first Subaru to be designed to withstand collision impacts under new Mobile Progressive Deformable Barrier (MPDB) testing. It is fitted with active safety via Subaru’s Eyesight and has a list of comprehensive aids, such as Lane Centring Function, Autonomous Emergency Steering, Emergency Lane Keep Assist, Speed Sign Recognition with Intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning with steering wheel vibration, Lane Departure Prevention, Pre-Collision Braking System with expanded support for collision avoidance at intersections, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Lane Change Assist (LCA), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB).

2021 Subaru Outback price and specs

Outback AWD

Base model Outback is priced at $39,990 plus on-roads.

Outback AWD Sport

The mid-spec Sport is priced at $44,490 plus on-roads. In addition to the base model is receives:

  • Water repellent sports seat trim
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Front View Monitor (FVM)
  • Side View Monitor (SVM)
  • Black exterior highlights (exclusive to the Sport AWD variant)
  • Handsfree powered tailgate with memory height function
  • Roof rails with green highlights
  • Satellite navigation
  • Dark metallic finish for alloy wheels

Outback AWD Touring

The flagship Touring is priced at $47,790 plus on-roads. In addition to the Sport model is receives:

  • 9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with subwoofer and amplifier; CD player located in centre console box
  • Nappa leather-accented seat trim
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Silver roof rails, with integrated stowable cross bars
  • Gloss finish for alloy wheels

Subaru Australia says the new Outback will be available in dealers from March 2021.

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3 years ago

More money and no turbo option for us in Australia!!!!…..your kidding.

3 years ago
Reply to  tony

Consumer Reports USA recommends the turbo. “The standard engine does the job but loud under duress and strains on hills and when merging”. I would wait for the turbo if and when it comes.

2 years ago

Why we are not getting the 2.4 Turbo as an option is beyond me. Its obviously the pick of the engines. Loosing many buyers due to this. Not happy Subaru Australia. As for the centre digital screen I think its overdone and not suited to the older buyer. You need to constantly take your eyes of the road to use the heating/aircon/ventilation. Subaru should have kept the manual controls. They are more tactile than the digital screen and not as distracting. You don’t go hi tech just for the sake of it. Some controls need to be manual and tactile.

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2 years ago

And if I’d like the steering wheel to be on the other side of the car, is that extra?
Australia I’m standing in it. At least the Australian Subaru Website did label these used images as “overseas models shown”, you haven’t bothered because?

Alex Rae

Alex Rae