On April 9, Subaru of America Inc. revealed the all-new 2010 Subaru Outback at its media conference at the New York International Auto Show. The fourth-generation of the world's first sport utility wagon is a roomier and more capable interpretation of the vehicle that launched the crossover trend 15 years ago. Distinguished by bolder and crisper styling, the all-new 2010 Subaru Outback delivers enhanced performance, comfort and economy with the introduction of an all-new chassis and the new Subaru Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). Capability is enhanced with a segment-first swing-out roof rail and crossbar design and an improved 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
The all-new 2010 Subaru Outback features a mid-size interior volume in an easy-to-maneuver and off-road capable wagon body. Interior volume has been increased by almost 8 percent in a package that is actually shorter than the outgoing model now 105.4 cu. ft., and maximum cargo capacity (with rear seatbacks folded) is up by 6 cubic feet to 71.3 cu. ft. Built on an all-new platform, the 2010 Outback wheelbase has been increased by 2.8 inches and improves rear seat legroom by almost 4 inches to 37.8 inches. A new rear double wishbone suspension improves chassis dynamics and rear cargo space. The 2010 Outback is 2 inches wider to improve passenger comfort, has greater hip and shoulder room, more headroom and is more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model.
All Outback models for 2010 are equipped as standard with vehicle dynamics control (VDC), which combines stability and traction control capability. The all-new electronic Hill Holder System, also standard on all models, holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle to pull away from a stop. Previous systems held the car in place for only a few seconds. Subaru is the only company that features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment on every vehicle in its product line.
The Outback line for 2010 will include three 2.5i models powered by a revised 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine. The Outback 2.5i models offer a new standard 6-speed manual transmission, or the available Lineartronic CVT. Both transmissions help to improve acceleration, response and fuel economy. A new 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine teamed with a 5-speed electronic automatic transmission powers three new range-topping Outback 3.6R models.