The 2018 Subaru Outback is right around the corner, and it will gain new looks inside and out, an upgraded ride, and loads of new technology. While its overall design will remain the same, styling details will get a few updates. Up front, the wagon will gain a new nose that boasts wider and lower grille openings, a reshaped bumper that better compliments the hexagonal grille, new front cladding, and new C-shaped headlights with horizontal character lines.
Inside, the Outback will, of course, continue with its spacious cabin that swallows up to 73.3 cubic feet of cargo with the seats folded and 35.5 cubes with the seats upright. On top of this, the 2018 Outback will gain some new, more premium materials like genuine stitching on the dashboard on the Premium and higher trims, and new stitching detail on the Limited trim’s seats and door panels. The Limited will also get new high-gloss black trim and silver-colored bezels.
Also new inside will be the redesigned center console with an available 8-inch touchscreen, a revised HVAC system for quicker heating and cooling, and a larger, redesigned clock. On the tech side of things, the 2018 Outback will get the latest Starlink system with Bluetooth capability, iPod control, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility, available Tom Tom navigation, two USB ports, and more. The Starlink 6.5-inch touchscreen will replace the current 6.2-inch system.
The greasy bits will remain the same in 2018, as the Outback will continue with its standard 2.5-liter 175-horsepower four-cylinder and optional 3.6-liter boxer-six with 256 hp. Both engines will mate to continuously variable transmissions and Subaru’s famed all-wheel-drive system. The Outback’s ride will also be softer than before thanks to reworked dampers. Additionally, the steering and brake systems will be new and deliver more direct feeling.
The current Subaru Outback is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, and we expect the same in 2018 since there are no structural changes coming. While the structure will be unchanged, the safety technology will get a decent update. New optional features will include steering-responsive headlights and auto high beams. New standard safety features will include a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines that move along with the direction the car is heading and a tire pressure monitoring system that monitor individual pressures.
Expect a full review closer to launch.