Subaru Named Best Overall Brand and Most Trusted Brand in 2020 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards

Source: Newswire

MISISSAUGA, ON, April 22, 2020 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced it has been honoured in three major categories of the 2020 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, including Best Overall Brand, Most Trusted Brand and Best Performance Brand. With this year’s acknowledgement, Subaru has now won Most Trusted Brand for six consecutive years, in addition to three Best Overall Brand awards and four total Best Performance Brand awards.

As recipient of the Best Overall Brand award, Subaru achieved the highest average score across all ratings of non-luxury models, in addition to its Most Trusted Brand and Best Performance Brand titles. Kelley Blue Book shoppers selected Subaru based on the automaker’s reputation for delivering safe, spacious, fuel-efficient vehicles that satisfy the needs of both everyday consumers and those seeking increased utility and performance at the right price point.

“Subaru ownership guarantees more than safety and reliability on the road; it comes with a lifetime of dedication from our Subaru family to yours,” said Yasushi Enami, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. “This award recognizes the values of trust, loyalty and inspiring performance that our brand stands for.”

The Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards recognize automakers’ impressive achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that capture the enthusiasm of the new vehicle buying public. Winners are chosen based on consumer automotive perception data from Kelley Blue Book’s Brand Watch study.

Brand Watch is an online brand and model perception tracking study, which taps into more than 12,000 in-market new-vehicle shoppers in the U.S. annually on The highly comprehensive study offers insight into how shoppers perceive important factors driving their purchase decisions and captures brand/model familiarity and loyalty among new-car shoppers.

Subaru Canada Debuts 2020 BRZ tS at Canadian International Auto Show

Source: NewsWire

  • BRZ tS returns for 2020 model year with a limited production of 50 units
  • STI-tuned front and rear suspension with Brembo brake system
  • Exclusive new Ceramic White exterior colour with cherry red accents and BRZ tS badging
  • Black leather and Alcantara® upholstery with contrasting red stitching

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 13, 2020,/CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is excited to announce the return of the BRZ tS, a performance-focused derivative engineered by Subaru Tecnica International, Inc. (STI) specifically for driving enthusiasts. The special edition vehicle will be limited to 50 units.

On the performance side, the 2020 BRZ tS includes: STI-tuned SACHS dampers and coil springs, as well as an STI flexible V-brace in the engine compartment. Draw stiffeners are added to the chassis and sub-frame to improve steering response. The brake system is by Brembo, with four-piston callipers and rotors on the front and dual-piston callipers and rotors on the rear.

The tS comes exclusively in a new Ceramic White exterior colour and is paired with 18-inch wheels in matte-bronze finish wrapped in 215/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. The BRZ tS offers customers an understated appearance, featuring a low-profile rear spoiler.

The BRZ tS is adorned with the exclusive cherry red accents around the front grille and unique rear bumper cover. The official BRZ tS badge in chrome and red is displayed on the front grille and rear decklid. The exterior foldable mirrors, roof-mounted shark fin antenna and BRZ badging all have a black finish. The fog lights have been removed and replaced with black fog light insert covers.

The cabin features black leather and Alcantara® upholstery with contrasting red stitching and accents, including on the steering wheel, door and dash panels, knee pads, shifter and emergency brake boots and visor over the gauge cluster. The front seats have red leather bolsters and the seatbacks are embroidered with the BRZ tS logo. The centre console has been updated to a cast black finish. Red front seat belts and a frameless interior rearview mirror are also standard.

Subaru Canada Awarded Three 2020 Canadian Residual Value Segment Awards

Source: Newswire

  • Subaru awarded Best Compact Car (Impreza), Best Sports Car (WRX/WRX STI) and Best Subcompact Utility (Crosstrek)
  • Several runner-up finishes include second in MainstreamBrand, second for Midsize Car (Legacy), second for Midsize Utility (2nd row seating) (Outback), second for Midsize Utility (3rd row seating) (Ascent), third for Compact Utility (Forester) and second for Sportscar (BRZ)

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 16, 2020 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is proud to announce that three models have won top segment awards in the 2020 ALG Canadian Residual Value Awards, while the Subaru brand came in second in the overall Mainstream Brand award. The brand has finished in the top two for Mainstream Brand for an unprecedented 11 consecutive years.

“Once again, Subaru has shown us the strength of its brand by capturing top honours in three ALG Residual Value Awards segments and showing consistently strong residual values across its diverse product portfolio,” said Michelle MacDonald, Senior Manager, Industry Solutions at ALG. “The Impreza, WRX and Crosstrek are all standouts in their respective categories and their strong residual values provide peace of mind to prospective buyers when considering vehicle deprecation, which is the most expensive aspect of car ownership.”

ALG is the industry benchmark for projecting future residual values and depreciation data, and the 12th annual ALG awards honoured 2020 vehicles predicted to hold their value better than any other vehicle in the segment.

“Our strategic planning always includes providing long-lasting value to our customers,” said SCI chairman, president and CEO Yasushi Enami. “Awards like these give us confidence that our goals are being achieved.”

Earning the first of Subaru’s three segment awards is the Impreza, named Best Compact Car in the 2020 Canadian Residual Value Awards. This is its fourth consecutive win — and 10th in the last 12 years. In fact, the Impreza has never finished outside of the top two in the compact category.

In the Sports Car segment, the combination of impressive performance and year-round versatility helped secure the ninth overall and fifth straight win for the Subaru WRX and WRX STI.

Finally, the Crosstrek took home top honours in the Subcompact Utility segment. Its fifth consecutive segment win, the Crosstrek has never finished outside of the top three since its introduction for the 2014 model year.

Other vehicles in the Subaru lineup showed strongly in 2020 edition of the awards, with the Ascent three-row SUV finishing second overall in its segment. The Outback finished second in the midsize utility (2nd row seating) segment. Also finishing second in its segment was the Legacy midsize sedan, marking an impressive streak of six straight Top 2 finishes. Finally, Forester finished third in the Compact Utility segment for the second consecutive year, while BRZ finished second in its Sportscar segment, the seventh top-three finish since the model first launched in the 2013 model year.

The annual ALG Canadian Residual Value Awards recognize automakers’ outstanding achievements for vehicles that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period for luxury brands and a four-year period for mainstream brands. Awards are given in 27 vehicle segments as well as for the two brands with the highest overall predicted residual values among all mainstream and premium vehicles. This year’s awards are based on 2020 model year vehicles.

The Best Oil For Your New Subaru Engine And How To Get The Longest Life

Source: Torque News

The most critical part of ensuring your new Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, WRX /STI or BRZ engine will be reliable for years to come is to remain vigilant on the oil changes. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and the least expensive maintenance you can do to keep your Subaru running well. The three Cs and main functions of your engine’s oil are to Cushion (lubricates), Clean (removes contaminants), and to keep your Subaru Boxer engine Cool.

How often should I change my engine oil?

Subaru recommends getting your first oil change at 6 months and not more than 9,5000 kilometres. However, it’s a good idea to change it at 5,000-6,500 kilometres since the engine will have just come through the initial break-in period (5,000 kilometres). Especially since a new engine will experience slightly more wear during this time.

Subaru oil change schedule and how often you should change it

Regular maintenance is the key

After your first oil change, Subaru says you should change it every 9,500 kilometres using synthetic oil. But this is if you drive in “normal” conditions. Driving habits and conditions will affect how often you should change your oil.

What are the extreme driving conditions?

Driving patterns such as frequent engine braking (downshifting the transmission in order to decelerate the vehicle), engine operation at sustained high rpm (sustained highway driving or driving in mountainous terrain), frequent acceleration and deceleration (stop-and-go highway traffic) Severe thermal conditions (extreme heat or cold), and idling for extended periods of time (frequent and sustained remote engine-start operation).

change your oil more often in extreme conditions

Extreme conditions require more frequent oil changes

If your vehicle has any of these extreme driving conditions you will need to change your oil more frequently. We would recommend changing it every 6,500-8,000 especially if you have more than one of the extremes above.

What oil should I use?

If your Subaru is a 2011 or newer Forester, a 2012 or newer Impreza, or a 2013 or newer Outback, Legacy, Crosstrek, Ascent, or BRZ, it is required to use synthetic oil. Subaru recommends using Genuine Subaru oil and 0W-20 viscosity in all of these engines, designed for improved fuel economy and increased power. 5W-30 is formulated for the turbocharged engine in the WRX and WRX STI, which runs at higher temperatures. It has increased protection against breakdown, and superior lubrication for optimal fuel economy.

Check the oil level often

If your driving patterns involve any extreme conditions, you will likely experience some oil consumption and need to “top off” your oil between oil changes. Don’t let your Subaru engine go below the bottom dot on your dipstick, or your engine can overheat and you will experience premature engine wear or engine failure.

The best way to ensure your new Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Ascent, Impreza, WRX /STI or BRZ engine will be reliable for years to come is to remain vigilant on the oil changes.

Redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback and Legacy Snag Safety Awards


Subaru’s always made safety a part of each vehicle’s winning formula, and its redesigned-for-2020 Outback wagon and Legacy sedan build on that premise. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that the Outback earned the Top Safety Pick award. The Legacy did one better, nabbing Top Safety Pick Plus honours — the agency’s highest designation.

Both models scored good ratings (out of good, marginal, acceptable or poor) in all six IIHS crash tests, as well as a superior rating (out of superior, advanced, basic or none) in frontal crash prevention. Each vehicle comes standard with Subaru’s EyeSight crash-avoidance system, and IIHS said the system avoided collisions in both its 12- and 25-mph crash tests. The agency also said it evaluated the system for pedestrian crash prevention and it earned a superior rating, though that test is not yet part of the awards criteria.

In headlights, the two models differed. The 2020 Outback lost the Plus designation for the outgoing 2019 Outback because of its acceptable headlight rating, which applies to its base headlights as well as available curve-adaptive LEDs on models built after October 2019. IIHS says curve-adaptive lights on earlier models are rated only marginal.

In terms of competition, the Outback competes in the mid-size SUV class against the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe, which earned the Top Safety Pick Plus award for the 2019 model year, and the Honda Passport, which is a Top Safety Pick. The Legacy goes up against the Honda Accord, a Top Safety Pick, and the Toyota Camry, a Top Safety Pick Plus model.

First Drive: 2020 Subaru Outback


The wheels hummed smoothly across the pavement, trees blurring past, the endless evergreens interspersed with flashes of yellow aspen, painting an autumnal gold-flecked landscape along the road from Whitehorse to Skagway, Alaska.

Subaru had hinted at this kind of wild setting six months ago with transplanted trees decorating a downtown stage for the debut of the 2020 Subaru Outback at the New York Auto Show.

But the real north was more impressive.

Ditto for the Outback, running on the road instead of sitting in static display in midtown Manhattan.

We blasted down Klondike mountain highways and long sweepers, climbed dirt tracks and scrambled gingerly over rocky off-road trails.

The very first Outback, that also debuted in New York a quarter of a century ago, may not have been the originator of the species, but it certainly popularized a revolutionary take on sport utility, dropping truck-based, ladder frame limitations in favour of car-platform civilities, improved handling and better fuel economy.

It’s a simple enough formula

Take the Subaru Legacy wagon’s inherent advantages of all-wheel-drive and the boxer engine’s lower centre of gravity, add a suspension lift and bigger wheels for more ground clearance, some roof rack rails, funky foglights, also add a splash of SUV-style body cladding, a dash of “Crocodile Dundee” marketing and, ta-daah, the Outback, a new style of SUV was born.

Six generations later, the 2020 Outback is bigger, better and a tiny bit bolder with a slightly revised exterior design, new LED lighting, pushed-out fenders, pronounced wheel arches and restyled lower cladding that is supposed to be “reminiscent of a hiking boot”.

The real changes hide under the skin. The Outback is longer (+36 mm), wider (+57 mm) and taller (+7 mm).

The new layout allows for more rear legroom (+37 mm) and a slightly longer cargo area (+5 mm). A wider rear track (+15 mm) adds more corresponding space between the wheel wells for increased passenger and luggage room.

And, while we’re back there, let’s mention an all-new hands-free power tailgate along with a revised tonneau cover that conveniently pops up with a nudge of your elbow when you have your hands full.

Up front, the 2020 Outback features a comfy cabin with new interior refinements but the biggest change involves new infotainment options – a base twin seven-inch screen display or an up-sized 11.6-inch vertically-mounted tablet-style display. There are smooth surface controls, duplicated on the steering wheel and, thankfully, some hard-buttoned controls and knobs for volume, tuning, temperature, defrost and other menu items. The system works nicely with minimal hunting, pecking and scrolling. The infotainment includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a host of other apps including STARLINK telematics.

You can even book your next service appointment onscreen.

Subaru’s EyeSight suite of dynamic assists now comes standard in Outback, adding Lane Centering Assist to a long list of technologies. The DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System that first debuted on the 2019 Forester, monitors drivers via dash cam for distraction or drowsiness.

Under the hood, the Outback offers two engine choices. The standard 2.5-litre four-cylinder features 90 percent new parts and now comes with direct injection and auto stop/start (182 hp, 176 lb/ft).

The base engine pulls well enough but, even with a nominal power increase, still feels somewhat limited under passing duress.

The Outback XT lineup returns with a new turbocharged inter-cooled 2.4-litre four-cylinder (260 hp, 277 lb/ft) that improves on the previous optional 3.6-litre six-cylinder version (256 hp, 247 lb/ft). The optional turbo bumps the tow rating to 1,590 kg (3,500 lb).

And it adds a little extra performance chutzpah even on regular octane fuel, knocking almost a full second off the former six-cylinder’s acceleration time, clocking in now at 6.4 sec (0-100 km/h).

Both engines are mated to re-engineered Lineartronic continuously variable transmissions (CVT) with paddle shifters and a new eight-speed manual mode.

Channeling power to Subaru’s standard Symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive, the Outback also features active torque vectoring, a steering assist first introduced on WRX and WRX STI performance models. A standard X-Mode system, designed to tackle all weather and road conditions, adds a new available dual-function version offering Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes for even more on- or off-road capability.

Our off-road testing demonstrated brake-free hill descent control for steep challenges and a new optional front-view camera scans a 180-degree view for tight twists and turns.

Other new features include the LED lighting, roof rails with integrated cross rails with tie-downs, a revised rear camera system with washer, platform reinforcements, new aerodynamic undercovers, added sound absorption materials and innovative mudguard slits to reduce air turbulence and noise.

The 2020 Subaru Outback comes in seven trims – Convenience ($30,695), Touring ($34,795), Limited ($38,995), Premier ($40,995), Outdoor XT ($38,695) Limited XT ($41,795) and Premier XT ($43,695).

I leaned towards the Outdoor XT, a new off-roadish weekend warrior in dark trim – a black grille, black mirrors, black badging and black-painted alloy wheels – along with green accent stitching, weather-resistant fabric seats, all-weather floor mats, a full-size spare and  Dual-function X-Mode. Very nice.

But customers can match their personal preferences with whatever trim and content level they desire, knowing that the Subaru combination of handling and control will tackle any condition with aplomb, from plaza shopping excursions to the roughest cottage tracks.

And, as for taking on the Yukon?

No problem!

Subaru Canada: Second Best August for Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek sales up 20.7 per cent for second best August on record.Forester sales on pace with third best August on record, retailing 1,066 units.

(MISSISSAUGA, ONT.)—Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced August results, retailing 4,730 units in the month of August.

Subaru’s sales results in August keep it within reaching distance of year-to-date sales last year, with the brand just 1.7 per cent off the previous year’s pace when it set its seventh consecutive annual sales record.

Subaru Crosstrek sales were up 20.7 per cent, making August the compact crossover’s second best on record with 1,373 units retailed this past month.

The Subaru Crosstrek took home top honours in its respective segment for best retained value by ALG for the fourth consecutive year, while the Subaru brand was recognized as the Best Mainstream brand for high resale value overall.

The Crosstrek is also a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with EyeSight driver-assist technology and specific headlights.

Subaru Canada Announces 2020 Forester

Source: Canadian Autoworld

Subaru Canada Announces 2020 Forester To Be In Showroom This September

Subaru Canada has announced that the 2020 Forester will be available in showrooms this September.

It will be powered by a 2.5L direct-injection Subaru Boxer engine offering 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque, and comes paired to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission that works with Subaru’s Symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive.

New for 2020 is an enhanced EyeSight system with Lane Centring Assist, now standard on all models.

Subaru Starlink Connected Services will be standard on all but entry-level trims, and the system comes with a free three-year trial subscription and uses the 4G LTE cellular network — and completely separate from customers’ mobile devices — to allow customers to stay connected to their vehicles while also allowing them to receive important information to keep them safe. Integrated directly into the vehicle, the system uses voice-response technology with the addition of live assistance for features such as Advanced Automatic Collision Notification in the event of a collision, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Concierge Service.

Other features include remote services, such as remote engine start (including climate control), remote lock and unlock, and remote vehicle locator, as well as vehicle alerts such as speed, boundary or curfew alerts that can all be controlled directly from customers’ smart devices.

Toyota and Subaru Agree to Jointly Develop BEV-dedicated Platform and BEV SUV

  • Bringing together their cultivated technologies, the two companies will jointly develop a BEV-dedicated platform (for midsize and large passenger vehicles).
  • The two companies will apply Subaru’s all-wheel-drive technologies and Toyota’s vehicle electrification technologies.
  • Based on the to-be-developed BEV-dedicated platform, the two companies will jointly develop a C-segment-class SUV for sale under each company’s own brand.

Tokyo, Japan, — Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Subaru Corporation (Subaru) disclosed today that they have agreed to jointly develop a platform dedicated to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) for midsize and large passenger vehicles and to jointly develop a C-segment-class BEV SUV model for sale under each company’s own brand. By combining their respective strengths, such as the all-wheel-drive technologies that Subaru has cultivated over many years and the vehicle electrification technologies that Toyota is employing to bring together other companies that share its aspirations, the two companies intend to take up the challenge of creating attractive products with appeal that only BEVs can offer.

Ever since concluding an agreement on business collaboration in 2005, Toyota and Subaru have been deepening their cooperation in various fields, including development, production, and sales. Examples include efforts that led to the start of sales of the jointly developed rear-wheel-drive Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ in 2012 and the start of sales of Subaru’s Crosstrek Hybrid original plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) in the United States, to which was applied knowledge related to Toyota’s HEV technologies.

The automotive industry is in the midst of a once-in-a-century period of profound transformation. Starting with responses to the new CASE domains of car connectivity, autonomous or assisted driving, new mobility or car-sharing, and electrified powertrains and components, both Subaru and Toyota are required to conduct technological development with a sense of speed across a broader-than-ever spectrum of initiatives. Building on their collaborative ties thus far deepened, the agreement announced today represents a new area of collaboration that especially focuses on the urgent need to respond to CASE’s “E” domain, or electrified powertrains and components.

In addressing vehicle electrification, due to significant variation in the energy situations of each country or region and in government policies, as well as due to resulting differences in environmental regulations, in the stages of infrastructure preparation, and in market needs for electrified vehicles, efficient and speedy development of appropriate products is a must. Furthermore, the commercialization of BEVs requires the use of large-capacity batteries, and, along with the popularization of BEVs, demands of a new dimension will be placed on battery supply. In addition, stemming from differences in how cars will be used due to maximum cruising ranges and the state of infrastructure construction, sales methods with a new approach will also be needed. These and other issues present a growing number of challenges related to costs, supply, and ways of selling.

To respond with a sense of speed to the diversifying needs of these markets and to multiple challenges, both Subaru and Toyota believe that it is necessary to pursue a business model that goes beyond convention, crossing over industrial boundaries together with various types of other entities that share their aspirations. As a first step in this direction, while accelerating productization by bringing together technologies that represent each company’s strengths and cooperating where possible, the two companies will jointly develop a BEV-dedicated platform. The platform will be developed in a way that will make it broadly applicable to multiple vehicle types, including C-segment-class and D-segment-class sedans and SUVs, as well as to efficient development of derivative vehicle models.

Note from Subaru:Following this agreement with Toyota, Subaru will now shift its existing BEV development resources to this new joint project.Within this new framework, Subaru will continue its efforts to create an attractive BEV SUV for our customers, while improving efficiencies in terms of engineering, development, purchasing, and other areas through the new joint project.

Rugged New 2020 Subaru Outback Debuts at New York International Auto Show

  • Powered by an available new turbocharged 2.4-litre SUBARU BOXER engine for outstanding levels of performance and efficiency.
  • Redesigned Outback features world-class safety, including standard EyeSight driver assist system and available DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.
  • Available vertically mounted 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
  • On sale this fall, the 2020 Outback will offer SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services for enhanced convenience and peace of mind.

(MISSISSAUGA, ONT.)—Nearly a quarter century after its debut, Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to introduce the safest, most capable Outback ever built.

Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), the next-generation 2020 Outback features Subaru hallmarks, including Symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive and EyeSight driver-assist system, both standard, as well as new technologies that promise to elevate the Outback to new heights.

Designed for Adventure

Building on Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid” philosophy, designers of the sixth-generation Outback incorporated an “Active x Tough” concept that expresses both athleticism and strength. With pronounced wheel arches, highlighted by wheel arch mouldings that improve both form and function, and lower cladding reminiscent of a hiking boot, the Outback looks ready for adventure from any angle.

Beyond its rugged design elements, the 2020 Outback also features a sporty look thanks to a dynamic silhouette and fenders that have been pushed out further to emphasize a strong, planted stance. And, of course, the Outback offers an impressive 220 millimetres of ground clearance — a staple of Subaru’s utility lineup — for outstanding go-anywhere ability.

Inside, the Outback’s cabin offers upmarket appeal through high-quality design and materials. Front and centre is the available tablet-style vertically mounted 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which more closely mirrors the form and function of a smartphone or tablet, while a variety of upholstery choices will be offered.

Elsewhere inside, outstanding outward visibility adds to an already spacious cabin, with expanded dimensions compared to the outgoing model. Adding to the sense of openness is a cabin design that expands outward from the prominent centre stack, with contrasting materials used throughout the lineup.

The functionality of the cargo area has also been enhanced thanks to the new Outback’s Subaru Global Platform (SGP) underpinnings, along with its extended overall length. Through the integration of Subaru’s scalable vehicle architecture, the width between the wheel housings has been expanded, as has the opening width of the rear cargo area.

Accessing the cargo area is easier than ever thanks to an available hands-free power tailgate — the first time such a feature has been offered on a Subaru. The hands-free function works by simply waving in front of the Subaru emblem located on the rear gate, while a one-touch retractable cargo cover, another Subaru first, further improves the functionality of the cargo area.

Contributing to reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) is new sound-insulated glass, which uses a sound-insulating inner film for the windshield and front-door glass, while glass thickness all around has been increased for class-leading quietness. The Outback’s suspension has also been reworked to provide improved ride and handling performance.

Stronger, Safer Structure

Introduced for the 2017 model year, the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) has been optimized for the 2020 Outback. In fact, the vehicle’s structure is 70 per cent stiffer in both torsional- and front-suspension rigidity, and 100 per cent stiffer in both front lateral flexural- and rear subframe rigidity compared to the previous model’s platform.

Contributing to those impressive increases include a 13 per cent jump in the use of ultra-high tensile-strength steel, a whopping 371 per cent increase in the use of structural adhesive compared to the first iteration of the Subaru Global Platform, and, in a Subaru-first, a floor cross-member filled with a highly rigid and lightweight and two-part foam material.

All of that contributes to a new body that absorbs over 40 per cent more energy in front/side crashes than the outgoing model.

Return of the Turbo

Powering the 2020 Outback is the choice of two engines, both designed to meet the needs of Canadian drivers. The first, a new 2.5-litre SUBARU BOXER, features nearly 90 per cent new parts, as well as direct injection and auto stop/start, and increased output and efficiency. The new engine produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque and comes mated to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters and a new eight-speed manual mode. The combination results in quicker acceleration and improved efficiency.

An exciting new addition to the 2020 Outback is the available turbocharged 2.4-litre SUBARU BOXER that produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to a high-torque Lineartronic CVT, turbocharged Outback models benefit from a broad torque curve, with peak torque achieved from 2,000 rpm through 4,800 rpm.

When equipped with the turbocharged engine, the next-generation Outback is capable of towing 1,590 kg (3,500 lbs.).

The 2020 Outback continues the model’s tradition of offering a smooth and comfortable ride while also being capable of handling off-road conditions with ease. In addition to the standard Symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive, a hallmark of Subaru’s vehicles, the Outback also features standard active torque vectoring, first introduced on the WRX and WRX STI performance models, for improved handling and cornering performance.

The new Outback is adept at handling off-pavement adventures, and includes standard X-Mode to tackle a variety of weather and road conditions. When engaged, X-Mode optimizes the engine, transmission, all-wheel drive system and brakes for optimal traction on slippery surfaces and steep inclines. New for 2020 is an available dual-function version of X-Mode that offers Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes for even more capability to go virtually wherever necessary.

Whether heading off-road or negotiating parking lots and laneways, the 2020 Outback also boasts an available front-view camera that offers a 180-degree view of what lies ahead.

Segment-Leading Safety

Following its successful introduction with the 2019 Forester, the new Outback also benefits from the availability of Subaru’s innovative DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System that is designed to help address distracted driving and driver fatigue.

The segment-exclusive system, which uses facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction, works alongside Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist suite to reduce the likelihood of a collision. Utilizing a camera mounted atop the dash, DriverFocus can register and recognize as many as five drivers and remember their individual pre-sets for seat position and door mirror angle, among others.

Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite, which includes features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, lane-keep assist, lead vehicle start alert and more, will be standard equipment on the 2020 Outback for increased safety and peace of mind.

New for the 2020 Outback is the enhancement of the EyeSight suite to include Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control — a new lane-centring function integrated into the car’s adaptive cruise control system. While drivers must maintain control of the vehicle at all times and keep their hands on the steering wheel, this new functionality uses the EyeSight system’s stereoscopic cameras to recognize lane markings and the preceding vehicle to stay centred within the vehicle’s lane of travel.

STARLINK Connected Services

Placing a further emphasis on safety and convenience is the introduction of SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services. Using the nationwide 4G LTE cellular network — and completely separate from customers’ mobile devices — SUBARU STARLINK allows customers to stay connected to their vehicles while also allowing them to receive important information to keep them safe.

Integrated directly into the vehicle, the system uses voice-response technology with the addition of live assistance for features such as Advanced Automatic Collision Notification in the event of a collision, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Concierge Service.

Customers utilizing these services will be able to receive automatic emergency assistance in the event of a collision, remotely access vehicle features, schedule service appointments with dealers and receive point of interest navigation information among much more.

Other features include remote services, such as remote engine start (including climate control and heated seats), remote lock and unlock, and remote vehicle locator, as well as vehicle alerts such as speed, boundary or curfew alerts that can all be controlled directly from customers’ smart devices.

Set to go on sale this fall, the 2020 Outback will be on display at NYIAS from April 19-28. Pricing will be announced at a later date.