Thanks hksbrian, I got very similar info from Subaru Australia via a query to them on Facebook.
The message I got is below:
"Currently we are expecting the MY17 Outback to arrive in February this year, with no known specification changes, though we do believe the MY17 Outback and Liberty will be available in a new colour (we haven't been advised of this colour yet).
Subaru Australia, after further Australian testing, will be releasing specifications and brochures for the MY17 Outback shortly."
It's confusing how they say there will be no changes, but that the documentation will be released once they have "completed Australian specifications". It's almost a contradiction...
My diesel premium '17 cvt will be arriving in late March according to my dealer
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
And he said ...