As early as March 2021, we learned from Motor Image Pilipinas that the Subaru Outback will be arriving in the country “very soon”. The big question that remained was when that would be. We were initially told it would arrive after the Evoltis debuts. However, it was the refreshed XV that debuted after it. Now, it's finally on display at the Subaru dealership, nearly two years after its global debut in the US.
The new Outback features an evolutionary design makeover both inside and out. Its updated styling cues are more evident thanks to the red paint, complemented by black cladding all around. Overall, the Outback looks a lot more rugged compared to before and ready to hit the trail. You can say it lives up to the outback name.
Inside, Subaru also made the cabin more luxurious with a slightly redesigned dashboard and a larger infotainment system. Unfortunately, customers may not be able to choose the color of the leather. The model on display features an all-black cabin, compared to the tan interiors we see in US-spec Outback models.
Nonetheless, there's still a bunch of high-tech features, such as Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, vibrating steering wheel warning, and the newest version of EyeSight Version 4.0. It's effectively the same as before, but this one now has driver monitoring which can detect a driver's current status.
While it does look good, we won't be getting the turbocharged engine in the Ascent/Evoltis. Instead, the local unit will be powered by a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-four rated at 188 PS and 245 Nm torque. Subaru's Lineartronic CVT sends power to all four wheels via the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Meanwhile, the flat-six has been discontinued.
There is an upside to the naturally aspirated engine – price. Motor Image Pilipinas will be offering the 2022 Outback at PHP 2,380,000. For reference, that's PHP 28,000 cheaper than the previous model. With the early bird discount of PHP 50,000, you can even get it for only PHP 2,330,000.
Yes, it's still one of the more expensive Subaru models. But if you think about it, it's a steal compared to the Evoltis at PHP 3,480,000. The only downside is that the Outback can only carry five people.
The 2022 Subaru Outback will officially launch in August, but you can check out this one exact unit at Subaru Manila Bay. It will be hard to miss.