February 6, 2004
Chicago auto show
Subaru introduces third-generation Outback
Chicago, Illinois – Subaru introduced the fully redesigned, third-generation Outback model line yesterday.
Arriving at Subaru dealerships in spring 2004, the 2005 Outback models are designed and equipped to compete with the growing range of crossover vehicles in the market, including luxury-brand models. The 2005 Outback model line includes the Outback 2.5i and Outback 2.5i Limited models, powered by a 168-horsepower 2.5-litre 4-cylinder boxer engine that provides enhanced response for 2005. The 6-cylinder models include the Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition and flagship Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited. The Outback 2.5 XT and 2.5 XT Limited models are exclusively powered by a 250-horsepower intercooled/turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine.
Safety, handling, fuel economy and performance are improved by means of a longer wheelbase, wider track, lower center of gravity, and vehicle weight reduction by as much as 180 pounds. The vehicle ground clearance and command seating position have also been improved for 2005 Outback models.
The wheelbase of the slightly larger 2005 Outback has been increased from 104.3 inches to 105.1 inches and overall length has been increased by just under two inches.
All 2005 Outback models will include as standard equipment front seat side impact air bags and side curtain air bags that offer additional head protection for front and rear occupants. New intelligent dual-stage deployment front air bags use sensors to detect the presence and weight of a front passenger and also the driver’s distance from the steering wheel. The system determines front air bag deployment strength for optimal occupant protection. Active front head restraints can help reduce potential whiplash injury in a rear collision.
Subaru will reveal product details to consumers on a new website,.