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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 03-25-2016, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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What's next for outback

I have a 2015 Subaru Outback limited 2.5 and love the car so far(first Subaru) It now has 15000 miles and avg about 24 mpg with mostly short city driving .(retired now)My last new car was a 2008 Toyota limited and loved it except gas mileage. Got great price for it on trade in which is a great perk. I owned almost all American cars and truck until that purchase mostly Ford Crown Victoria's and f150 when I average close to 30000 miles per year, all of my fords were great cars/ trucks with zero problem except MPG. I am now sold on Subaru with good gas mileage and great car for snow.(last year I drove this car in close to a foot of snow with fantastic ability as close to the F150 in a car you can get) the question is I am already looking forward to the next buy. When do you think we will see a new outback model? I hate to buy the first year on a roll out, but thinking it will be 2018 which would be me looking for a 2019 model. What changes do you see? Motor, transmission, styling . I know the nice thing is mine will be under 50000 miles when they come out so looking forward to decent trade in value which to me is very important and even more now that I'm retired. I know it's a long way off but love to here what we might get and what we all want .

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2020 will likely be the 6th generation. although I'd expect a mid run facelift in 2018.


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More luxury features and improved eyesight will be my guess. Outback has been positioned to capture luxury buyers who for whatever reason want a good reliable vehicle at 60% of the price but provides 90% of the equivalent luxury car they are cross shopping.
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2020 will likely be the 6th generation. although I'd expect a mid run facelift in 2018.
Agreed. So far they have a perfect record of making major upgrades + all new sheet metal every 5th year, with minor-to-moderate changes within the same metal at the 3rd year after each body introduction.

They're savvy about this- the last two model years of each generation typically enjoy a number of desirable tweaks and exclusive features to keep people from waiting for the next new generation. It helps to normalize the sales numbers across the last-of-the-old and first-of-the-new.

Best example I can point to is the Special Appearance Package on 2013 & 2014 Outbacks. Saddle brown leather memory seats and other goodies.


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Thanks for input. I am thinking maybe 2019 due to the technology that is coming out so fast. Just don't know if the 5th Gen can hold on for five years. Don't get me wrong love my 2015 but in the past two years a lot of new player out there knocking on the door. I guess time will tell .
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Not likely, unless SOA decides to change the model runs they have had since 1995.
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2003 Outback 2.5 wagon: "Kaylee". 162,000 and counting.
More rust than I care to think about. And leaking head gaskets. And electrical gremlins. Still flyin'.

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Interesting tidbit/rumor I just saw on the NASIOC News & Rumor forum regarding engines.

"The H6 engine will be phased out quickly across all Subarus. The Outback and Legacy will soon get the 2.0 DIT to replace the 3.6R trim lines very soon (probably midcycle refresh)."

I have an Impreza and thinking of moving up to an Outback.
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Interesting tidbit/rumor I just saw on the NASIOC News & Rumor forum regarding engines.

"The H6 engine will be phased out quickly across all Subarus. The Outback and Legacy will soon get the 2.0 DIT to replace the 3.6R trim lines very soon (probably midcycle refresh)."

I have an Impreza and thinking of moving up to an Outback.
Rumor only ...

While I suspect there will be an update to the H6 engine, since we're going to have a 7 passenger car soon, I don't think you're going to see the 3.6R go away BECAUSE we'll need something that big for the 7 passenger car...
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I am thinking they may make a new engine: FA25 turbo. with start stop tech, a hybrid battery that can run the car up to 25mph, and it will run with computer based valves that can automatically sense any combination of the following: gasoline, diesel, alcohol, D5, class A jet fuel,

or guzzeline as used in the snore-fest that was Fury Road,

...or recycled beer.
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this will be on a version 2 of the global platform that is the 2017 impreza, and the coming Tribeca,
Tribeca will be a screwy test bed for the outbacks and legacy will debut in 2020.

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Rumor only ...

While I suspect there will be an update to the H6 engine, since we're going to have a 7 passenger car soon, I don't think you're going to see the 3.6R go away BECAUSE we'll need something that big for the 7 passenger car...
Actually, something that big, cylinder wise, is not needed.
For example, Volvo has gone to almost all 2.0 L 4 cylinder turbocharged engines across the model line-up, and it's the only engine choice (excluding hybrid) for the new XC90 which is 4,500 pounds. There are a few 5 cylinder choices remaining for a few other models.
Ford has also gone that route with the Ecoboost engines.

A 2.0 L 4 cyl direct injection turbo will have plenty of power for a Tribeca replacement with improved mpg and meet increasingly stringent air regs.

Not a fanboi, just watching the evolution of engine technology.

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