Disappeared for a few years, the Subaru Outback adventurer station wagon is back on our side of the Atlantic. The offer is more limited, but purists will still be delighted with this news.
Subaru introduced the next-gen Outback almost two years ago at the New York Auto Show, but it’s only now that the adventurer station wagon is coming to Europe. In an attempt to boost sales from a ‘ridiculous’ 2020 year, the first model based on the Subaru (SGP) platform will go on sale next month on the Old Continent and will look very much like its North American sibling, without the mandatory amber lights on the other side of the Atlantic.
But while the American-spec Outback is offered with a 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 260 horsepower, its European cousin will only have a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 180 horsepower. Subaru claims that the boxer engine is 90% new to what the previous model offered and benefits from a higher compression ratio. It also has a revised continuously variable transmission (CVT) that mimics the gear ratios of an eight-speed automatic transmission., while the power loss has been reduced by 22% thanks to a new hydraulic system and lower oil viscosity.
Still a real backpacker?
As you would expect from a Subaru, the 2021 Outback available in Europe comes standard with all-wheel drive with torque vectoring. From the roomier interior to the increased ground clearance, the new European Outback brings all the upgrades we originally saw on the American model. It is also quieter inside than before thanks to better sound insulation of the windshield and windows. Body roll intake dropped by 50% by switching to the SGP platform which also brought a new body and reinforced chassis.
As Europe is set to welcome the sixth-generation Outback, North America will soon see an extension of the range with a more capable and even more robust Wilderness version. It’s unclear at this point if there are any plans to bring the Outback Wilderness to Europe, but we wouldn’t count on them.