A camouflaged 2015 Subaru Outback prototype has been spotted testing on
public roads. New spy shots reveal substantial updates for the heavily
redesigned wagon-like crossover that should separate it from the current
model, which first went on sale in 2009.
Despite the camouflage, a more steeply raked windshield and rear
window give the Outback prototype a sleeker profile compared to the
current model. The prototype features a new hood with thick camo
covering two out board character lines. Projector headlights are
slimmer, while the reshaped grille opening now features more horizontal
The rugged Legacy-based
wagon features its signature off-road style rocker panels, a roof rack,
and prominent lower front spoiler. Side mirrors have moved from the
pillar to the door, and the Outback prototype sits on blacked out
18-inch alloy wheels. Around back, the taillights appear smaller than
those on the current model.
Interior spy shots reveal a new dashboard with a large two-gauge
cluster, and a sportier steering wheel with paddle shifters, along with
revised HVAC vents.
While powertrain details haven’t been revealed, the 2015 Outback will likely be powered by the updated 170-hp 2.5-liter H-4 and new turbocharged 250-hp 2.0-liter H-4 as in the 2014 Forester. It’s unclear whether the 3.6-liter H-6 will return. A diesel-hybrid powertrain seen in the Subaru Viziv concept from the 2013 Geneva auto show is also a possibility.
The next Outback is expected to debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January, with production starting June 2014.