The all-new 2022 Subaru Outback will soon go on sale in the Philippine market, but we now have the opportunity to have a first look at Subaru’s latest generation of its wagon with a rugged suit.
Only one variant will be sold, and that is the Outback 2.5i-T (the i-S vanity plate is just a placeholder) EyeSight. However, the “T” does not mean it has a turbocharged motor. Don’t expect the previous model’s 3.6-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine either. In its place is a single variant that’s powered by a 2.5-liter non-turbo 4-cylinder boxer engine producing 182 hp and 238 Nm of torque. As with every Subaru, power goes through all four wheels via a Lineartronic CVT.
The discontinuation of the 3.6-liter variant is the main reason for the Outback to be priced much lower than the previous model. To make up for it, this new model is fully loaded with a lot of features. On the outside, the evolutionary-styled rugged wagon gets swiveling LED headlights, LED foglights, new 18-inch alloy wheels, a hands-free powered tailgate, a curbside camera, and a forward-facing camera.
On the inside, the most dominant feature of the all-new 2022 Subaru Outback is its 11.6-inch large portrait touch screen running Subaru’s next-generation Starlink system. In conjunction with this is Driver Focus, which is the first Philippine-market Subaru to have this feature. Driver Focus is a facial recognition feature that not only monitors driver distraction or drowsiness but also memorizes your preset seat and mirror settings depending on the face the system detects. This is also the first Subaru in the country to ne upholstered in plush Nappa Leather.
The all-new 2022 Subaru Outback also debuts the brand’s latest generation of its EyeSight driver-assist systems. This is physically easy to spot based on the forward-facing cameras that are now flushed into the windshield rather than simply hanging from the car’s ceiling. Apart from the usual automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and full-speed adaptive cruise control, this new EyeSight system now has evasive steering assist which helps drivers execute evasive maneuvers as the system continually monitors its surroundings. In addition, the Outback’s lane departure warning now has vibration alert on the steering wheel.
The all-new 2022 Subaru Outback is destined to be launched sometime this August, while a single unit is now on display at Subaru Manila Bay. Prices start at P2,380,000, but there is a P50,000 early bid discount for the first few buyers.