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2018 Subaru Outback gets facelift and upgrades


Subaru updates the 2018 Outback with a smoother ride, more chiseled exterior

This year, following the subsequent unveiling of other refreshed models, Subaru has recently revealed their latest model to undergo a refresh – the 2018 Outback. The latest version of Subaru's high riding wagon is set to make its official public debut at the New York Auto Show.

Much of the revised styling of the Outback follows that of current Subaru models, which features more chiseled appearance. The front fascia receives a revised grille with larger openings. Towards the edge of the bumper, the sculpting on the fog lights have been enhanced to match the new, sharper looking, C-Shaped LED headlights. Subaru also claims the front cladding enhances protection from mud and stones.


Underneath, the dampers is said to have been retuned to give smoother ride. Revisions are also said to have been made to the electric power steering and brakes to give the driver a more “direct feel.” Despite the revisions, the 2018 Outback still retains its 221mm ground clearance.

Inside, the Outback also receives updates via higher quality materials, that should make the vehicle more comfortable to use. Sound insulating glass comes standard on the front row, and the new mirrors supposedly reduce sound noise in the cabin. A larger infotainment screen is now standard as well.  


Powering the 2018 Outback is still the same engine lineup as the pre-facelift model. A 2.5-liter boxer engine that produces 177 PS and 236 Nm of torque, or the larger 3.6-liter flat six which outputs 260 PS and 335 Nm of torque can be had on the 2018 Outback. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) will be only available gearbox. Both engine options come with Subaru's Symetrical All-Wheel Drive system. 

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