Earlier this year, Motor Image Subaru introduced the Eyesight technology in ASEAN, along with the regional debut of the updated Outback in Singapore. For this year's Manila International Auto Show, that technology and the facelifted Outback have made their local debut.
To recap, Eyesight is Subaru's bundled safety package. With the use of cameras and sensors around the vehicle's exterior, Eyesight aims to prevent collisions in the first place by, first, warning the driver and, eventually, taking emergency action when needed. This safety suite comes with, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane sensing, throttle override, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control which follows the pace of the vehicle in front.
As for the Outback, it gets revamped styling 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. Wrapping up the changes to the 2018 Outback are a set of newly-design alloy wheels. The rest of the car's body carried over mostly unchanged.
Save for a few more buttons, the Outback's interior design is relatively untouched from the pre-facelift models. Subaru does say enhancements were made to the infotainment system, as well as the addition of sound deadening materials for a quieter cabin. Eyesight tech is standard on the revamped Outback in its top of the line trim.
Engines have been carried over from the pre-facelift Outbacks. That means either a four or six-cylinder option in a horizontally-opposed configuration. The 2.5i-S makes 175 PS and 235 Nm of torque while the 3.6R-S Eyesight produces 260 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Both shift via Subaru's Lineartronic continuously variable transmission and, being a Subaru, drive is sent to all four wheels via Symmetrical all-wheel drive.
Prices for the 2018 Subaru Outback are as follows:
Outback 2.5i-S: Php 2,178,000
Outback 3.6R-S Eyesight: Php 2,408,000