Subaru has been on roll in the Philippines as of late. Despite the pandemic conditions, the economy is slowly opening up. With it, Motor Image Pilipinas (MIP), the official distributor of Subaru in the country, has successfully launched several new and updated models. These include the upgraded XV and the flagship Evoltis 7-seater SUV.
What's next for MIP? Well, according to a well-placed source, the all-new Outback is set to arrive in the country next month. First making its regional debut in Thailand last March, the next-generation wagon/crossover gets an evolutionary redesign, a more high-tech interior, and an updated powertrain.
Under the hood, the next-gen Outback will be powered by an upgraded 2.5-liter, naturally-aspirated Boxer engine. In Thailand, the engine makes 188 PS along with 245 Nm of torque, 13 PS, and 10 Nm more than the current 2.5-liter mill. Power is then sent to all four wheels via a Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and Lineartronic CVT.
Other key features that will be available on the PH-spec Outback include 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Nappa leather interior, and the newest version of EyeSight. Dubbed EyeSight 4.0, the smart safety system features a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, lane centering, automatic braking for both forward and reverse, and even driver monitoring.
How much will the 2022 Subaru Outback set you back? Surprisingly, the all-new wagon/crossover will actually have a lower SRP than the outgoing model. At PHP 2,380,000, it's cheaper by PHP 28,000. Even better is the fact that MIP is already offering a PHP 50,000 early bird discount. That means interested customers can get the new Outback for just PHP 2,330,000.
But how were they able to make it more affordable? For starters, the engine is simpler since it doesn't have the 2.4-liter turbo from the US-spec version. Moreover, the new Outback now uses the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) which is shared across various models in the automaker's lineup. This allowed the company to save on costs while still offering a wide array of vehicles.
For those that want something bigger than a Forester but don't need the three rows of seats of the Evoltis, perhaps the 2022 Outback is the vehicle you're looking for. It's set to be officially launched in the country this August and will be sourced from Japan.