The all-new, fifth-generation Subaru Outback offers the roomiest interior, most capable chassis and highest fuel-efficiency in Outback history. It debuted in The Big Apple and goes on sale in summer 2014.
Based on the latest Legacy sedan, the new Outback features a hexagonal grille flanked by sweptback headlights, a more sloping windshield, and plastic body cladding. It also sports a roof rack, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.
With 8.7 inches (221mm) of ground clearance, Subaru’s rugged hauler of a wagon is truly designed to tackle terrain that most other cars can’t. Buyers will have the choice of two engines, both of which are mated to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission that transmits power to a symmetrical all-wheel drive system:
- A 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft (235 Nm) of torque
- A 3.6-liter six-cylinder with 256 hp and 247 lb-ft (334 Nm) of torque
Models equipped with the 2.5 liter unit are expected to return an EPA estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined, while those with the more powerful 3.6-liter deliver 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 combined.
An increase in overall size means the Outback now has more cabin space, providing passengers with more shoulder and cargo room. It comes with a long list of standard and optional technological features, including an infotainment system with a 7-inch display, heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a harman/kardon audio system. Available woodgrain trim and quality leather upholstery help deliver a more upscale feel than in the previous model.
On the safety front, all models and trim come standard with new front seat-cushion airbags, a rear-view camera, and a new rollover sensor that deploys the side curtain airbags if an imminent rollover is detected. Other highlights include Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Head over to the comment section and let us know what you think about the new Subaru Outback.
New, 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sports Sedan Suits Up To Replace CTS
The CTS replacement has arrived in style.
Cadillac has unveiled the CT5, the successor to the CTS and the brand’s all-new midsize sports sedan.
Design wise, the new CT5 falls in line with Cadillac’s latest design language, featuring a short and wide shield-shaped grille, angular headlights, and vertical LED daytime running lights.
A fastback-like roofline rather than traditional three-box proportions gives the model a more distinctive side profile than the CTS, while thin, vertical taillights make it instantly recognizable as a member of the Cadillac family.
The CT5 rides on an evolution of the critically-acclaimed Alpha platform that underpins the ATS, the CTS, as well as the Chevrolet Camaro. Power will come from one of two engines (you choose): a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, or a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6.
Rear-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered as an option on select models.
Two flavors of the CT5 will be available at launch: Sport and Luxury. The former takes on a more muscular appearance, while the latter goes for elegance instead.
The all-new, 2020 Cadillac CT5 goes on sale in the second half of 2019 after making its world debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Are you happy with how it turned out?
All-New, 2019 Nissan Altima Gets AWD, New Turbo Four – No More V6
The Nissan Altima has entered its sixth-generation, bringing with it a bolder exterior styling, a classier interior, all-wheel drive and a new turbo engine.
Unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the new Altima is bigger and looks more expressive than its predecessor, borrowing many styling cues from its bigger brother, the Maxima. Design highlights include a V-motion grille flanked by boomerang lights, a lower hood, shorter front overhang, a floating roof, and rear wheels that have been pushed out further to deliver a more athletic stance.
The redesigned Altima is also longer and wider, meaning more interior room for passengers. The cockpit features what Nissan calls a “gliding wing” instrument panel with an 8-inch infotainment system, complete with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The biggest news? Power is provided by a new 2.0-liter, variable-compression four-cylinder turbo-four (it debuted in the Infiniti QX50 crossover), which replaces the previous V6. In fact, the sixth-generation Altima marks the first time in over 15 years that the Altima will not be offered with a V6.
Nissan claims the turbo four, which produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, delivers “V6-level” performance with four-cylinder fuel economy, something we’ve heard time and time again. Lower trim levels come standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine.
Also noteworthy is an available all-wheel-drive system, the first time that the Altima has had such a feature. The Japanese automaker expect AWD models to account for a “significant” portion of the midsizer’s sales in North America.
Under the hood the 2019 Altima will offer two engine options, the base 2.5L four-cylinder and the new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine that debuted in the Infiniti QX50. The 2.5L is available with all-wheel drive.
While overall interest in the midsize sedan segment continues wane, Nissan feels that the new, 2019 Nissan Altima, which goes on sale in fall 2018, will be able to reinvigorate interest in midsize sedans. From what you see and know about it, do you agree? Let us know in the comments below.
Stunning Genesis Essentia Concept Previews Genesis’ Future Design
In case you still don’t know what Genesis is, it is Hyundai’s ambitious standalone luxury brand. At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Genesis showed off a stunning new electric grand tourer show car that previews its future design direction.
The Essentia is one of the best-looking concepts I have seen in a while, and that’s likely because it was designed by Luc Donckerwolke, a former design head at Lamborghini and Bentley that was poached in 2015 to run design for Genesis, and overseen by Bugatti Chiron designer Sasha Selipanov. The fact that it doesn’t look overly conceptual and was heavily inspired by the beautiful 1964 Ferrari 275 Lusso are other reasons.
It embodies a grand tourer, featuring classic GT proportions like a sleek and low profile, a long deck, and muscular rear haunches. A glass bubble roof extends down past the cowl and over where a hood would be. Instead of an engine — this is an electric car with we’re talking about, so there is’t one — elements of a pushrod suspension peek through the glass cover.
Butterfly doors raise up to reveal a remarkably uncluttered interior with a large curved-glass interface that spans the width of the dashboard. The center console features only four levers for gear selection and climate control, and one round dial for auxiliary functions.
The Essentia has a carbon fiber monocoque, making it light enough for its mutli-motor electric powertrain to propel it from zero to 60 mph in three seconds… if it were real. Designers laid the batteries in an “I” pattern along where the transmission and driveshaft would be, rather than under the passenger compartment like in current electric vehicles.
It’s a shame that the Essentia is just a concept and only elements of its striking design will inspire future Genesis cars. It’s definitely as interesting, bold and handsome as anything we’ve seen from Europe and Japan in recent years.
Just imagine a Genesis Coupe looking like it…