Subaru has introduced its new Outback to the European market. At the heart of the updated vehicle, which will arrive in showrooms in April this year, is a heavily revised 2.5-liter Boxer engine and the OEM’s Lineartronic CVT.
The direct-injection 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine has been heavily reworked. Subaru says that 90% of the unit’s components have been redesigned, which has allowed for a higher compression ratio.
In addition to work on the engine, the Japanese auto maker has tweaked the Lineartronic CVT, with the gear ratio coverage expanded to a wide range equivalent to 8-AT. The Boxer engine and Lineartronic transmission are combined in the European Outback to offer permanent symmetrical AWD.
The sixth-generation Outback, which offers 2-ton towing capacity, is Subaru’s flagship model, designed to offer enhanced driving performance and increased torque control.