MY14 Outback styling upgrades include:
_ Roof rails with integrated cross bars
_ Side sills and cladding
_ Wheel arch guards
_ Front and rear under body guard protectors
_ Front mud flaps
_ Dark grey front grille
_ Dark grey alloy wheels
_ Sporty headlights with black background
These features add over $2,500 of additional value, but the MY14 Outback MLP* increases by only $500 on each variant.
Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: "We've had a lot of customer feedback suggesting owners would like a slightly tougher-looking Outback with greater body protection, which is especially useful on rural roads where this wagon rates highly.
"These MY14 upgrades deliver on both fronts and will help maintain Outback's profile as one of the most versatile and capable wagons on Australian roads.
"The introduction of the diesel auto variant earlier this year combined with these latest changes highlights our long-term commitment to refining and enhancing our cars with the passing of each model year, in line with our All 4 the Driver customer promise."
The styling upgrades are standard on all Outback models, but selected features (roof rails, side sills, dark grey front grille and alloy wheels, and the headlights with black background) are available separately.
Earlier, all Outback 2.5i variants added the new, more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly FB horizontally-opposed Boxer engine.
Outback's revised All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system improves precision in torque distribution between front and back wheels, refining handling and stability.
The Outback 2.5i Premium gained Subaru's award-winning EyeSight™ driver assist system in addition to the colour information display. All EyeSight™-equipped Outbacks feature front sun visor extensions, dusk sensing headlights and rain sensing wipers.
OUTBACK MY14 MANUFACTURER'S LIST PRICING*
Outback 2.5i CVT auto $38,990
Outback 2.5i CVT auto option pack** $40,490
Outback 2.5i Premium CVT auto $43,490
Outback 2.0D manual $40,490
Outback 2.0D CVT auto $42,990
Outback 2.0D Premium manual $43,490
Outback 2.0D Premium CVT auto $45,990
Outback 3.6R Premium auto $57,990
*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited's Manufacturer's List Prices only and include GST on the list price but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive away price of Subaru vehicles consumers should be advised to contact their local authorized Subaru dealer.
**Adds factory-fitted satellite navigation, leather trim, rear air conditioning vents, powered driver's seat, electroluminescent gauges and colour information display.
Since launch in 1996, the Outback has been a firm favourite in the Subaru range, offering genuine dirt road credentials, superior handling, refined passenger car comfort and an independent five-star occupant safety rating.