Outback is ready for the new generation. The 2020 model of the crossover SUV will hit the showrooms late in 2019. It leaves enough time for designers to craft everything before the release date of 2020 Subaru Outback. The concept is ready, spy shots are viral, and fans are waiting for further news eagerly. From what we know from this stance, the all-new Subaru Outback 2020 model will keep two existing engines and trim levels. The Outback Turbo is likely to be added as a part of the redesign.
With the sixth generation launching in 2020, Subaru will continue the tradition. Well, the Japanese company is creating new models of Outback wagon every five years. The growth of the crossover segment and the nameplates’ sales make the carmaker keep up with demand and competition. Changes on the new 2020 Subaru Outback will be notable inside and outside the vehicle. When we say inside, we mean both on cabin and engine room. Finally, there is a possibility for the Outback Sport comeback as well.
2020 Subaru Outback Changes
Changes on the 2020 Subaru Outback we can compare to another vehicle from the same company. Well, it is not a crossover, but Subaru Legacy is also heading into the new generation. Also, there is more info about this model, than the wagon version.
So, exterior changes and updates on the car can’t be applied to crossover. But, we can see the direction and designers’ path of development. For those who didn’t know – the Outback was initially a wagon version of Subaru Legacy. It evolved into small crossover SUV. However, the same platform is there and two vehicles will share a lot of things in common.
The sedan was camouflaged. But, we managed to spot some design cues, such as a higher rear end. It seems like the car has the same dimensions as before. With minor updates on the Legacy, we can’t expect the brand-new look for the 2020 Subaru Outback. The tail of the crossover could get the new design. On the front fascia, minor changes are going to make the Outback more aggressive.
What Will 2020 Subaru Outback Look Like Inside?
We couldn’t see what is inside of the Legacy sedan. Well, contrary to exterior styling, we believe a lot more will be similar in the cabin. Interior of the crossover SUV wasn’t luxurious, but the Japanese carmaker provided enough comfort and elegance. Unique accents made this crossover special.
2020 Subaru Outback Cargo Space And Dimensions
The 2020 Subaru Outback is going to be slightly longer from its predecessor. By that, the company is making a room for another subclass in the crossover segment. Other carmakers are doing the same, so the Subaru is following these trends. We still have no any info about the new vehicle. But, the longer Subaru Outback 2020 model will gain extra cargo space. Last time, with all seats folded, the wagon had an interior volume of 73 cubic-foot. With seats up, Outback could offer half of that volume. Now, these few inches are going to increase 2020 Outback Cargo Space.
Subaru Outback 2020 Engines and Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2020 Subaru Outback will be the same unit of engines. But, some changes are the topic of rumors. Buyers will definitely have two options. The entry-level powertrain is the famous Subaru’s Boxer. A four-pot 2.5-liter mill is ready to deliver 175 horses. For the Subaru Outback 2020 model, it could get more power and torque (now at 174 pound-feet).
Another option also could see some tuning. A bigger flat-six drivetrain is more potent with 256 horses. The new edition will push this engine’s output over 270 hp. Also, a 3.6-liter creates 250 lb-ft of twisting power. Automatic transmission and a full-time AWD with X-Mode system are standard and good for towing capacity of 2,700 pounds.
2020 Subaru Outback Turbo
One of the changes for 2020 Subaru Outback could be the replacement of the aging flat-six engine. Its fuel economy is too high, although the drivetrain makes it up through excellent output. But, experts are pretty sure that Subaru would go after turbo-four variant instead of a robust flat-six mill. Speculations guess it could be either 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder drivetrain or slightly larger 2.4-l one. In both cases, the 2020 Outback would gain a fuel economy boost. With the smaller displacement, it could go around 30 mpg combined. Well, these units are less potent, but mileage improvements will be significant compared to a small loss of power.
2020 Outback Hybrid
Another possibility we are hoping to happen is a hybrid version of the 2020 Subaru Outback. The Japanese carmaker entered the electrification process of its vehicles. The first model in the crossover/SUV segment to get hybrid engine is Crosstrek. Well, the plan is to launch the plug-in system. Outback could also benefit from the same hybrid drivetrain. It will boost the fuel economy at first place and the vehicles would be greener. Crosstrek already had a hybrid model, but back in 2015, it was not so successful. Now, it is preparing the new attempt and together with 2020 Subaru Outback plug-in hybrid, they can make a serious impact on the US market.
2020 Subaru Outback Sport Comeback
Another very popular model was a hostage of the world economic crisis ten years ago. The off-road Sport version of the crossover didn’t make it through and the company discontinued it in 2011. After many years, the 2020 Subaru Outback Sport could come back with the new generation of the SUV. It would be a smaller model with better off-road capabilities. It won’t get a flat-six engine, with one of the new turbo-four mentioned taking advantage of fuel economy and excellent outputs.
2020 Subaru Outback Release Date
The 2020 Subaru Outback is not coming any time soon. But, with a 5-year life circle of each generation of the crossover, we can expect the news about its release date. The company could take advantage of the large stage at NAIAS 2019 and show the first units of 2020 Outback there. But, the wagon is not going to be available for the purchase before the fall next year.
As for the release date, the info about the price is not official yet. However, turbo engines and hybrid drivetrain will definitely raise the cost of purchase. Also, existing trim levels of the 4-pot versions are coming back again. The new 2020 Subaru Outback Turbo units are going to bring more than just Limited and Premier models.