2019 Subaru Outback Keeps 3.6R Trim; But Not For Long
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Subaru of America released pricing and details on the new 2019 Outback wagon and Legacy sedan. If you want a 3.6R model with the six-cylinder Boxer engine, you can get it for one more year. If our sources close to Subaru are correct, the 3.6R models are going away after the 2019 MY. Here’s more 2019 model year Outback details.
Subaru keeps the 3.6R models for 2019 featuring a 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine and a Lineartronic CVT. If rumors are correct, the new-generation 2020 Outback arriving later next year, will not be offered with the 6-cylinder boxer engine. Subaru has not confirmed this information.
The 3.6R’s demise is no surprise because Subaru Corporation spelled it out in their “Prominence 2020" plan. The plan outlines every new-generation Subaru vehicle will get a newly-redesigned boxer engine with the latest Direct Injection technology. You’ll see smaller turbo engines developing more power and with greater fuel efficiency (like the new Ascent 2.4-liter turbo) in the new-generation Subaru Outback and Legacy.
2019 Outback gets new upgrades
For 2019, EyeSight driver assist technology is now standard on all Outback trims which had previously been an option on most models. The new 6.5-inch Multimedia system is now standard on base models.
The 2019 Outback also features interior enhancements for 2019. The 2.5i base models gain an overhead console shower light and dual front center console USB ports. A high-grade instrument panel combination meter with 5.0-inch LCD display is now standard for all models. Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited models have a standard auto-dimming rearview compass mirror with Homelink featuring a thin-frame design.
2019 Outback pricing
The base Outback 2.5i, starts at $26,345 (+$450), and now includes standard EyeSight and the updated Starlink 6.5-inch Multimedia system. The Outback 2.5i Premium is priced from $28,445 (+$450), Outback 2.5i Limited starts at $32,845 (+$150), Outback 2.5i Touring, has a starting price of $36,795 (+$305), Outback 3.6R Limited has a starting price of $34,995 (-$400); the 3.6R Touring is priced at $38,995 (+$305).
The 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine in the Outback and Legacy is likely going away after the 2019MY. The new-generation models, when they arrive sometime next year, will likely be powered by new twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engines similar to the new 2019 Ascent. So if you still want the larger displacement 3.6R Outback and Legacy model, you have one more year before they are a thing of the past.
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