Subaru has revealed the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, offering the most advanced features, design, and capability in its history.
The sixth-generation SUV comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. With an available tablet-style 11.6-inch Subaru StarLink Multimedia system with integrated center information display, DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, and new XT variants with 260 horsepower, the 2020 Outback delivers greater technology, safety, and performance than ever before.
The 2020 Outback delivers the optimal blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control, and X-Mode with Hill Descent Control. The 8.7 inches of ground clearance for all Outback models is greater than that in many SUVs, yet the Outback maintains a comfortably low step-in height for both front and rear passenger entry.
For the first time since 2009, the Outback lineup offers a turbocharged engine. Standard on XT models, the 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine delivers robust all-around performance with 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 376 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. Meanwhile, the standard naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter Boxer, with direct injection and nearly 90 percent of its parts new, delivers 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 239 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.
All 2020 Outback models are paired with a Lineartronic CVT featuring an eight-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters. The 2.4-liter turbo delivers a 3,500-lb. towing capacity, the most of any Outback in history, while the 2.5-liter provides more than a 600-mile range on a single tank.
Complementing the more refined powertrains is an all-new suspension that is lighter and more responsive. The front suspension utilizes MacPherson struts with new internal rebound spring, aluminum lower L-arms, and new 23 mm hollow stabilizer bar. The rear suspension renders a double-wishbone layout with subframe, coil springs and new 19 mm hollow stabilizer bar.
The 2020 Outback offers a peaceful cabin that is almost 3 dB quieter at highway speeds. Subaru engineers worked extensively to find ways to reduce unwanted noise coming into the cabin, fitting the Outback with new door weatherstrips that feature a baffle in the mid-section and dual lips on the roof side for improved quietness. Sound-insulated glass, which uses a sound-insulating inner film for the windshield and front-door glass, has been adopted, while glass thickness all around has been increased for quietness.
With a cargo floor length of 78 inches with the rear seatbacks folded, the 2020 Outback offers up to 75.7 cu ft of cargo space. And with a wider rear gate opening, the Outback can comfortably accommodate long items such as camping gear, golf clubs or strollers. For added convenience while loading the vehicle, a new Hands-Free Power Gate allows the owner to open the rear gate by simply waving in front of the Subaru emblem (positioned in the center of the rear gate) as well as a new single-touch lifting cargo cover. Both features are a first for Subaru and are standard on most 2020 Outback models. For additional cargo versatility, the Outback offers standard roof rails with integrated and retractable cross bars and tie-downs.