Following up the earlier reveal of its new 2010 Legacy, Subaru held off until the final press day to unveil the equally new, fourth-generation Outback. Like the Legacy, with which it shares a good deal of basic engineering and powertrain/drivetrain components, the new Outback boasts crisper exterior styling, a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase, and notably higher levels of comfort and sophistication. An inch shorter than its predecessor, this five-passenger all-wheel-drive sport utility wagon boasts eight cubic feet of additional interior space and can hold 71.3 cu ft of cargo with the rear seat folded. The 2010 lineup features 2.5i, 2.5 GT and 3.6R models, all with powertrain-specific versions of Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, standard Vehicle Dynamics Control systems and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The horizontally-opposed four in the Outback 2.5i makes 170 horses and can be matched with a new six-speed manual gearbox or Subaru's new Lineartronic CVT. The 2.5 GT's get a new 265-horsepower turbocharged variation that requires the 6M shifter, while the top-line 3.6Rs step up from the previous 245-horse/3.0-liter flat-six to a 3.6-liter with 20 more ponies on call and the ability to run on regular unleaded gasoline.
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