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Refreshed 2018 Subaru Outback adds kit, keeps pricing steady on some models

The refreshed 2018 Subaru Outback will go on-sale later this month with a slight design tweak on the outside and more kit on the inside.

SUBARU HAS ADDED more kit to its refreshed Outback range which goes on-sale around the country this month – our first-drive review will drop on Friday morning. Key changes include a new front bumper, grille, headlights and wheel designs.

There are also Vision Assist updates, including a front and side view camera, while on the inside, the refreshed Outback gets the brand’s latest-generation infotainment with Apple and Android mirroring. And, from a safety point of view, the latest-generation EyeSight adds lane keep assist. The refreshed model carries over its five-star ANCAP rating.

The updated Outback maintains its carry-over engine with identical power and torque figures but tweaks, which you’ll be able to read more about on Friday, have improved the feel of the Outback.

Despite the changes, entry-level pricing remains the same as the superseded model at $36,240+ORC for Outback 2.5i and $38,740+ORC for the 2.0D (diesel). The entry-level two-litre Outbacks have stayed the same but the 3.6R has seen a slight price rise, to $49,140+ORC, the 2.5i Premium is up a couple of hundred bucks to $42,640+ORC, while the 2.0D Premium has had the biggest jump to $45,640+ORC from $42,240+ORC.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “Outback sold 11,340 in 2017 and has been a consistent best-seller for us in the current generation, so we think the latest long list of refinements will only add to its appeal in the SUV space.

“The upgrades across every key area underline our commitment to value for our customers, together with the durability, engineering and, of course, safety, for which Subaru is renowned.”


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.