On the heels of unveiling an all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the automaker has confirmed that we will see a redesigned Outback SUV-ish wagon this year, as well. Subaru spokesman Dominick Infante confirmed to Cars.com that the redone Outback is on the way and that it is a full redesign that moves the Outback — following in the footsteps of other redone and new Subaru models — to Subaru’s new global platform.
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As the Outback is essentially a high-riding, generously cladded Legacy wagon, we expect to see it gain many of the features, specs and upgrades Subaru has lavished on the 2020 Legacy. That’s even though, as shown with the styling of the all-new 2019 Forester as well as the 2020 Legacy, it might not look all that different on the outside.
You can see a more detailed rundown of the new Legacy here, but highlights include the new, stiffer platform, which has brought better handling and a more refined ride and interior quiet to other new Subarus. It’s also likely that the Outback, like the 2020 Legacy, will drop the old 3.6R flat-six power upgrade for top trim levels in favor of the 260-horsepower, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission powertrain with all-wheel drive that arrived with the 2019 Ascent three-row SUV. The base engine is likely to be a version of the revised 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder with a CVT and standard all-wheel drive that now features slightly more output in the 2020 Legacy at 182 hp.
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We also expect that the new Outback will get the interior upgrades and new technology making debuts in the 2020 Legacy, including the new multimedia system with a big, vertical 11.6-inch touchscreen that takes over many of the controls and media duties.
Subaru says the 2020 Legacy will be on sale in the fall; its Outback counterpart should not be far behind.
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