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Old 07-10-2013, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Camouflaged 2015 Subaru Outback Prototype Spied on Public Roads - MotorTrend WOT

I see a little more rake in the rear window pillar, roof rails different, rear bumper looks a little different, lower plastic trim has slightly different design. Side view mirrors look very different.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The turbo would a nice return to the product line. I love my OBXT manual. Although I assume this will come with the CVT.

I guess it is time to adapt.

You can't even buy a Ferrari with a manual anymore. Same for the Porsche GT3. Efficiency and performance benefits perhaps don't exist with manuals anymore but that's not why I want one.
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Efficiency and performance benefits perhaps don't exist with manuals anymore but that's not why I want one.
Agreed. I want one for the pure driving enjoyment of using 3 pedals and a shifter. But I think the new OB with it's size isn't the right platform for a MT.

The mirrors seem to mirror what all manufacturers are doing (Subaru included) by mounting them on the door and adding the quarter window for better visibility. Ugly from the outside IMO, but I suppose a change for the good.
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Thanks for sending on - gives me even more incentive to pass up this 2014 Limited SAP I'm testing out for the day and see what the 2015 brings!

I already spy auto up/down on all four windows, better gauge cluster, and soft-touch dash which are all fantastic changes if they make it into the US production version. My goal is to get back a little of the VW/Audi flavor I lost with my current Outback
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I got the 2013 Outback as a safe car to move kids around... I'm not a fan of SUV's and minivans. When my older one starts driving in 6 years, it will be his. I've personally been longing for the new Jaguar F-Type. I'm hoping they loose their value as quickly as other jags and will pick one up coming off lease. No manual in the F-Type either yet.
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There was a thread yesterday with the matching Legacy spy shots. In those, it looked as though the roof were considerably wider. But I don't see that (or as much of it) in this picture of the outback, so maybe it was just the angle.

Of course this outback still has that terrible roof rack and serrated rocker cladding, my 2 least favorite design features.

I am pleased to see evidence that they've gone back to a single row headlight. The stacked up design from the '10-'14 was much more at home on sprinter vans and city buses anyway.

We're only about 6-8 months from seeing it officially unveiled anyway, and maybe a year from seeing it on dealer lots. Exciting!

I think manual transmissions are officially a feature of old cars at this point. I enjoy them myself from time to time, but I really don't mind them going away. Too much of my normal driving happens in conditions where a manual isn't fun.
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The headlamps are still to damned big.
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Seems like the interior is nicely refreshed - the hazard button in the center is very euro. New to Subaru and hoping to get a 2015 - but would also love a 2014 model end - but this 2015 seems very exciting
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Looking at the spy shots, it actually looks a bit like they are bringing back some design elements from the 2nd/3rd gen, and adding a couple new design elements.

I kinda want to see what the heck they did with the grill. Looks kinda mean.
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They are sticking with the craptacular rack system - bummer.
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