By Ronan Glon
Thursday, Apr 3rd, 2014 @ 9:14 am
 

Subaru has published a teaser image of the 2015 Outback ahead of its debut at this month's New York Motor Show.

Based on the all-new 2015 Legacy, the next Outback will ditch its somewhat chunky appearance in favor of a sleeker look that will fall in line with Subaru's latest design language. The wagon will adopt a hexagonal radiator grille, more streamlined headlights and a steeply raked front windshield, while the rear end will retain horizontal tail lamps that emphasize the Outback's width rather than its height.

Like the Legacy, the next Outback will feature a noticeably more upscale interior with soft-touch plastics and a state-of-the-art infotainment system. Shift paddles mounted behind a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel will come standard, and an updated version of Subaru's well-regarded EyeSight Driver Assist System will be available as an option.

The 2015 Outback's entry-level engine will be a 2.5-liter flat-four engine rated at 175 horsepower and 173 lb-ft. of torque, and buyers after more power will be able to select a 3.6-liter flat-six engine expected to churn out 256 ponies and 247 lb-ft. of twist. Both engines will send power to all four wheels via a CVT and a torque vectoring setup.


The new Outback will be more efficient than the outgoing model thanks to modifications such as a hood crafted out of aluminum, a new electric power steering system and active grille shutters.

Look for official details about the 2015 Subaru Outback to emerge in the coming weeks. After its debut in New York, Subaru's next wagon will land in showrooms across the United States in July.