2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, fuel mileage
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A Next-Gen Subaru Outback Hybrid And 1.8L Turbo Are Now Likely For The U.S.

The 2022 Subaru Outback with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine breaks cover in Japan. Here's why customers in the U.S. could see the next-generation 2025 Outback with the smaller turbo engine.

Subaru announced the new 2022 Outback in Japan this week, and it's powered by the new 1.8-liter direct-injection turbocharged Boxer engine. It's the same engine that the Japanese automaker first put in the next-generation Levorg and the Japan-spec 2022 Forester Sport. Will Subaru of America bring the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Boxer to U.S. customers?

Subaru will likely use the 1.8-liter turbocharged direct-injection (DIT) engine in the next-generation 2025 Outback. But Subaru will couple the small turbocharged engine with hybrid technology they are now developing with Toyota.

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, fuel mileage

Subaru announced last year that 40 percent of its global sales will have some form of electric power by mid-2025 to 2030, and the Japanese automaker has set a target to "sell only electric vehicles" worldwide by the first half of the 2030s. Subaru will accomplish the goal with help from Toyota's hybrid technology and the 1.8-liter turbocharged Boxer engine.

The 2022 Subaru Outback 1.8-liter turbocharged direct-injection (DIT) four-cylinder, lean combustion Boxer engine, announced last week in Japan, produces 175 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. It's the ideal powerplant mated with two electric motors offering improved fuel efficiency.

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, fuel mileage

Subaru reports the new 2022 Forester Sport 1.8-liter turbocharged engine gets 24.2/35.7 city/highway mpg and 33.6 combined mpg (10.3km / liter) (15.2km / liter) (14.3km / liter). When combined with hybrid power, it will have more torque and improved fuel mileage.

What's next for the 2023 Subaru Outback?

The 2023 Subaru Outback will be in the fourth year of its product cycle. It will refresh with some exterior styling changes, new safety technology, and possibly a new exterior color and wheels.

The 2024 Subaru Outback will get few changes in the last year before getting a complete remodel in 2025. The 2025 Subaru Outback is the model to watch, and it could get the new 1.8-liter direct-injection turbocharged (DIT) four-cylinder, lean combustion Boxer engine coupled with hybrid technology.

Subaru will likely offer U.S. customers the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine in XT models, discontinuing the 2.5-liter non-turbocharged engine used in the 2022 Outback base Premium and Limited trims and unveil a new 2025 Outback 1.8-liter hybrid model. Subaru has not confirmed this information, but it fits with their goals and the Japanese automaker's 2020 Vision plan they announced earlier. Stay tuned.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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This is hopeful news. A new hybrid powertrain with an eCVT developed with Toyota would solve the only shortcomings of the entire Subaru line. In the opinion of this Forester owner.
The only thing I am hesitant (although not a deal breaker) keeping me from buying the Subaru Outback is the fuel economy. There are other car makers with hybrid SUVs that give better fuel economy numbers than the Subaru Outback. As soon as Subaru comes out with a hybrid Outback and offer better MPGs, I want to jump at it!