The exhibit at the Geneva International Motor Show of the 2015 Subaru Outback provides insight into Europe’s model. The new Outback now comes with Subaru’s new safety system called EyeSight, as well as X-MODE. What other upgrades does the SUV-alternative wagon get for the new generation?
Enhanced Eyesight safety system
2015 Outback will come with the new-generation Subaru EyeSight Safety system. It will integrate Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. This advanced safety system uses Subaru-developed stereo camera technology that was rated highest in front crash prevention system by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Active AWD and new X-Mode
2015 Outback features a refined version of the Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD. The system’s electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch controls torque distribution in response to driving conditions and wheel slippage. As the driver accelerates through turns and curves, Active Torque Split AWD optimizes traction and steering response, particularly when the road surface is snowy or slick.
All 2015 Outback models now come equipped as standard with the X-Mode system, which debuted on the new-generation Forester. When engaged by a switch on the console, X-Mode optimizes engine output and CVT ratio position, increases Active All-Wheel Drive engagement and uses enhanced control logic for the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system to reduce individual wheel spin.
Fuel-saving Lineartronic CVT now standard on all models
Outback gets higher fuel-efficiency than the outgoing model. All Outbacks come with the new Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), which is instrumental in the Outback’s significantly improved fuel economy. Manufacturer-estimated ratings of 25/33 mpg city/highway and 28 mpg combined are up from 24/30/26 in the outgoing model. These figures place the 2015 Outback 2.5i at the top of the midsize crossover class, bettering front-wheel drive versions of some competitive crossovers.
Revised chassis with new Active Torque Vectoring
The MacPherson front strut suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension has been retuned by Subaru engineers for greater handling agility and a more compliant ride. Outback gets a new quick-ratio electric power-assisted steering that delivers outstanding feel and helps reduce fuel costs.
The all-new 2015 Subaru Outback made its European debut at the Geneva International Motor Show that runs March 5-15. The cutaway model gives automotive enthusiasts a good view of the ways Subaru has upgraded the new global wagon. Check out the other new cars at the Geneva International Motor Show 2015 video.