Earlier this week, we reported that Subaru Philippines' next launch is the next-generation Outback. It will be the second of three launches this year after the Evoltis flagship crossover. However, the local launch date is yet to be confirmed.
That said, the redesigned Outback recently made its regional debut in Thailand. That means we might not wait that long for the next-generation wagon/crossover. Also, the variant launched there could be close to what we might get here soon. With that, let's take a closer look at the ASEAN-spec Outback.'
It seems that the new 2.4-liter boxer turbo will only be for select markets. That's because the model displayed during the Bangkok International Motor Show has the non-turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four under the hood. Not only that, it's the only engine option offered in Thailand. Philippine-spec models are usually close to Thai-spec, but it would be a pleasant surprise if Subaru Philippines offers the boxer turbo here.
But if they won't, don't feel too bad. The 2.5-liter boxer engine still offers a decent amount of power. The flat-four engine puts out 188 PS and 245 Nm of torque and sends its power to all four wheels via Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. That engine hooks up to an eight-speed, continuously variable transmission Subaru calls Lineartronic.
As for features, the Outback has the latest incarnation of Subaru's EyeSight active safety suite. Dubbed EyeSight 4.0, the package comes with a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, lane centering, automatic braking for both forward and reverse, and even driver monitoring. Other safety features include steering responsive headlights, stability control, torque vectoring, brake override system, and seven airbags.
With its premiere in Thailand, Subaru Philippines may bring in the next-generation Outback a month or two after the Evoltis. The Evoltis will be available in showrooms by April 12, so we're likely to have it by May or June at the earliest.