The 2015 Subaru Outback release date has been revealed after a few spy photos hit the web some time ago. Apparently, the Japanese automaker has canceled their plans to introduce the new Outback wagon at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show during this week. However, some rumors suggest that the 2015 models are ready to hit the U.S. market in mid-2014, most likely in June.
The Subaru Legacy concept will reportedly provide some inspiration and new design cues for the next-gen Outback. This indicates that the 2015 Outback wagon will get a redesign and radical changes, both in terms of exterior and interior design. Of course, this is because the new model is likely to be based on the Legacy concept, although its engine lineup will be borrowed from the current Subaru Forester.
Some exterior changes that can be mentioned here, including unique & lower front spoiler design, smaller taillights and the car will ride on 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the interior changes may be limited but we don’t deny if Subaru may hide the other change details. The interior will adopt a new dashboard design with a large two-gauge cluster and sporty steering wheel featuring paddle shifters.
As we all know, the Legacy sedan concept has made its official debut at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show along with the 2015 Subaru WRX. Well, what we know so far is that both cars have undergone a secret testing together in the European continent, but it’s visible in the form of a prototype version that uses a heavy camouflage.
Engine Specs, Horsepower and Torque
Talking about the engine specs, the 2015 Subaru Outback will be offered in several different engine options, both diesel and gasoline turbo engine. In addition, Subaru will likely offer the same engine as they would offer on the next Legacy sedan. First option, the base model will reportedly retain a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine that can deliver at least 173 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 174 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm.
Next, a Forester 2.0L engine is rumored to be available on the next-generation Outback wagon. Subaru is considering to take one of the Forester engine and then put it into the new Outback. This means that the 2015 models will get a new 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine delivering 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Both engines can be paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or Lineartronic CVT.
Not only that, a hybrid version with diesel powertrain is allegedly to be available on the redesigned 2015 Outback, but Subaru most likely will no longer offer a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine. Subaru’s diesel-hybrid powertrain will come with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine which is connected to three electric motors powered lithium-ion battery. Subaru’s first hybrid powertrain is currently being developed on the Viziv Crossover concept, which essentially has been introduced at the Geneva Motor Show last year.
As for the release date schedule, the 2015 Subaru Outback will allegedly make its first appearance in June but the new wagon will likely go on sale in the North American market later this year. Prices for the new model are expected to start around $24,195, considering the current model is priced at $23,495.