• This Is What To Expect From The 2020 Subaru Outback

The three-seater wagon is set to enter its 25th year with the 2020 model

The Outback has been a historic product in Subaru’s portfolio. This vehicle is for those folks who want the comfort of a sedan and ruggedness of an SUV. Yes, you have subcompact crossovers for that, but the Outback is for people who don’t like crossovers also. Might sound like a niche category, but the Outback is actually Subaru’s Best-selling vehicle in the U.S. The Outback is known for its fuss-free long-term ownership; thus making it a perfect vehicle for families who want a car they can rely on. Come next year, Subaru will launch the fifth generation Outback. But will it be a competitive product and garner customer interest like the generations that came before it? Let’s find out what we can expect from the 2020 Subaru Outback.

The Exterior Will Feature Old Styling with New DNA

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If you’re expecting radical changes from the new Outback, let me give you a spoiler – the car will still look unmistakably Outback but may feature some Viziv Tourer DNA.

Subaru is not known to make a lot of changes to its models from one generation to another, though, don’t don’t expect too much. At the most, you can expect slight revisions in the face, perhaps tweaked bumpers and few cuts and creases. Expect it to have a resemblance to the Forester and the Ascent. I’m not sure if it will increase in dimensions, but the wheelbase could grow a bit to make the car more spacious inside.

A New Chassis with a Strong Backbone

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The biggest change to the Outback will be that it will sit on a new platform. Subaru has been integrating all its next-gen products onto the Subaru Global Platform.

The new platform will have increased rigidity in the body and chassis. The joints will also be made stronger, which is important because 293 Ascents were called back for weak joints and were destroyed because nothing could be done to fix them! Hopefully, these changes will decrease the noise, vibrations, and harness in the cabin as well. The new platform has improved the ride quality in the Impreza and Forester, so we can expect the new Outback to ride better than the current-gen.

Under The Hood

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Currently, the Outback is available with two engine options – a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder unit that develops 175 horses and 174 pound-feet of torque and a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder unit that churns out 256 ponies and 247 pound-feet of torque.

It looks like the new Outback will retain the four-banger, but will retire the six-pot engine. Fuel-conscious environment, you see.

So, can we see a four-cylinder turbocharged unit that can deliver similar power output? The Ascent currently uses a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged unit that delivers 260 horses and 277 pound-feet of torque. This should solve the dilemma. However, if Subaru follows the Forester suit, expect the Outback to come packed with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with direct injection that makes 12 extra horses and two pound-feet of torque more than the current-gen Outback. The Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and CVT transmission will most definitely be carried over if not updated.

Final Thoughts

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The new Outback will be a 2020 model, so the automaker should start selling it by summer next year. As for the price, the current-gen starts selling at $27,300. We speculate the prices to increase somewhere in the ballpark of $2,000. Do you think the new Subaru Outback can continue selling in good numbers? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Further reading

2015 - 2017 Subaru Outback High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Outback.

This Is What To Expect From The 2020 Subaru Outback Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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