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Subaru's New Liberty and Outback Debut In Japan

Subaru Legacy wagon (Japanese domestic model) (copyright image)

Subaru Legacy wagon (Japanese domestic model)

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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.

Choices include:

  1. Ultra efficient Lineartonic Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT)
  2. A six-cylinder 3.6 litre engine – Liberty and Outback’s biggest yet
  3. Knee airbags, underlining Subaru’s safety commitment
  4. Engine cradle – folds to isolate the block from the cabin in heavy crashes
  5. Rain sensing windscreen wipers and auto on/off headlights
  6. Push button start options
  7. 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 Australia.

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.


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