Subaru's New Liberty and Outback Debut In Japan
Subaru Legacy wagon (Japanese domestic model)|
21st May, 2009
The new generation Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru
Legacy (Liberty in Australia) and Outback have been unveiled in Japan.
The Australian versions, to be launched in September, will be based on the Japanese market cars,
including Liberty sedan and wagon variants.
Packed with technologies new to Subaru, Liberty and Outback cabins are wider and longer, producing a
more spacious environment.
- Ultra efficient Lineartonic Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT)
- A six-cylinder 3.6 litre engine – Liberty and Outback’s biggest yet
- Knee airbags, underlining Subaru’s safety commitment
- Engine cradle – folds to isolate the block from the cabin in heavy crashes
- Rain sensing windscreen wipers and auto on/off headlights
- Push button start options
- Reversing camera with factory-fitted SatNav options
Factory testing by Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) suggests both the Subaru Liberty and the Subaru Outback
will achieve five-star occupant safety ratings when tested locally by the independent Australasian New
Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). This would continue the trend of every new Subaru currently sold in
Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “New Liberty and Outback are stronger, more
spacious and even safer than the current cars. They also adopt the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Concept that’s
been so successfully applied to new generation Impreza and Forester, producing a great drive. Both models
have proved their customer appeal by achieving record sales.”
“The FHI engineers have again achieved a clever balance of enhanced fuel efficiency in larger and
safer cars that have a longer standard features list than ever.”
“Liberty and Outback will build strongly on the respected records of the current cars, at the same
time maintaining the fun driving that’s at the heart of every Subaru.”
Pricing will be announced at the local launch in September.
Further, the Subaru Outback diesel/six-speed manual will be released in November.