Latest Outback ups

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TWENTY years on from its original UK launch, Subaru's flagship model, the Outback, will enter its fifth generation next month.

Don't be fooled by the April 1 launch date ... the Outback is one serious crossover and this latest generation is packed with a raft of new safety technology plus an all-new, more dynamic exterior design and an upgraded interior.

The most significant changes can be found on the inside. Subaru says the new model's revamped interior uses a range of higher quality materials for a more premium fit and finish.

Two specs are available - SE and SE Premium - and the equipment list is impressive. SE models are equipped as standard with automatic LED headlamps and headlamp washers, cruise control, Active Torque Vectoring, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, electrically-adjustable driver's seat and privacy glass, as well as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, incorporating satellite navigation, audio, smartphone connectivity and a rear view parking camera.

Petrol SE models also feature a start-stop system and Subaru Intelligent Drive, which allows drivers to select different engine modes according to road conditions for improved economy and performance.

SE Premium models add a sunroof, keyless entry and push-button start, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and a powered rear tailgate.

Prices start at £28,995, rising to £31,495.

Two engines are available in the UK - buyers can choose between a two-litre turbo-diesel, producing 150 PS and 350 Nm torque, or a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre petrol unit, with power and torque outputs of 175 PS and 235 Nm, respectively.

Diesel engines will be offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or Subaru's Lineartronic (CVT) auto transmission while the 2.5-litre petrol engine is sold exclusively with Lineartronic.

Buyers who opt for the auto versions will also benefit from a new advanced collision avoidance system called EyeSight which uses stereo colour camera technology to monitor the road and traffic ahead for potential hazards.

The system's two colour cameras are located either side of the rear view mirror to detect the presence of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and other potential hazards and take appropriate action.

The new body provides more storage and cabin space, with boot capacity increased to 559 litres and there's now a powered tailgate while a new side sill footstep makes for easier access to the car's standard-fit roof rails.

Under the skin, the latest Outback has new, stiffer front struts and revised spring and damper rates.

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