Based on a Legacy, the 2010 Outback actually looks like a hatchback version of it. The Outback has the same stretched-out headlights, wide wheel arches fenders, and taillights as the Legacy. The egg-shaped roof is stretched-out for a proper hatch at the back. It also features more-durable black plastic skirts around the car for more off-road capabilities. In fact, with a ground clearance of 22 cm, this competes with more heavy-duty SUVs than city crossovers.
Inside, it features the same interior layout as the Legacy. The rear-seats can be fold flat, to give the Outback extended capacity space. On the driver's side, there's a new button for a new electronic Hill Holder System technology.
Unlike the Legacy, which as four variants for the engine model, the Outback is only available with two. The base 2.5i has a 2.5L flat-four boxer engine that operates 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque is connected to either a 6-speed manual, or an all-new Subaru's Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission. Top model is the 3.6R, which has a 3.6L flat-six boxer engine that develops 256 hp and 247 lb-ft, coping with only a 5-speed automatic gearbox. Both engine channel power to Subaru's standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
Look for the Outback in showrooms in summer 2009.
Source : [Subaru]