The all-new 2022 Subaru Outback is now on sale in the Philippines. We were able to get a first look at the all-new Outback a few months ago, which you can have a look at by clicking here. What you need to know is that this all-new model costs less than the previous model, but there’s a reason for that.
Under its hood is not a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine as seen before. Instead, the all-new Outback is powered solely by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine, with power still being sent to all four wheels via a CVT. Though the all-new Outback for the Philippine market only comes with this engine, it does come with significantly more features than before.
The 2022 Subaru Outback comes in a sole 2.5i-T variant, and on the outside, the evolutionary-styled rugged wagon gets swiveling LED headlights with auto high beams, LED foglights, new 18-inch alloy wheels, a hands-free powered tailgate that can be opened by placing your hands at the Subaru emblem, a curbside camera, and a forward-facing camera.
Whereas the outside is more evolutionary than revolutionary, the interior is radically different from the previous model. Dominating the interior is an 11.6-inch large portrait touch screen running Subaru’s next-generation Starlink infotainment system, in which sounds are played through an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Additionally, the Outback also gets power-adjustable front seats, reverse auto-tilt side mirrors, just to name a few.
In conjunction with the 11.6-inch Starlink infotainment system is a new facial recognition feature called Driver Focus, which is the first Philippine-market Subaru to have this feature. Driver Focus 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 be upholstered in plush Nappa Leather.
The all-new 2022 Subaru Outback also debuts EyeSight 4.0, which is the brand’s fourth generation of its suite of 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. This enables the system to be able to view its surroundings, enabling the Outback’s full-speed adaptive cruise control to anticipate vehicles merging in front of it.
Apart from the usual automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and full-speed adaptive cruise control, this new EyeSight system now has Autonomous Emergency Steering, which helps the vehicle autonomously execute evasive maneuvers when a collision is imminent. The enhanced cameras and blind spot warning radar ensure that the Outback steers towards a clear side (either left or right) when executing the evasive maneuver. Lastly, the Outback’s lane departure warning now has vibration alert on the steering wheel, a first for a Subaru in the Philippines.
The all-new 2022 Subaru Outback is now on sale across all Subaru dealers nationwide for P2,380,000. Those who reserve their all-new Outback before September 30 will get a P50,000 discount and a free Bynd Artisan leather pouch.