STYLING AND DESIGN

Clearly inheriting the dynamic 'crossover' styling of its predecessors, but with a bolder and more distinctive silhouette, the new, fourth-generation Subaru Outback projects greater presence, both on- and off-road. The increased length, width, height and wheelbase of the vehicle provided the Subaru design team with an opportunity to give the Subaru Outback a more muscular and expressive design.

The upright front grille, which shares the Subaru family'wing' motif, is placed more prominently and in a higher position, imparting a more robust, taller look to the vehicle. The distinct, three-dimensional shape of the more angular headlamps, with separate, circular fog lamps positioned at both ends of the ample bumper, conveys an increased sense of stability.

The sides of the vehicle are now a more prominent feature of the overall design, thanks to pronounced and muscular new wheel arches that hint at the Subaru Outback's go-anywhere, All-Wheel Drive underpinnings. The edge of the glass-house is framed by chrome-plated mouldings to reinforce a premium-quality feel.

The roofline tapers subtly to the rear, where it meets new, body-coloured D-pillars (in previous-generation Outback the D-pillars were clothed in a black-panel to visually extend the glass-house). This new design feature emphasises the evolution of the exterior design and augments a cohesive sense of solidity.

With the all Subaru Outback, 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard.

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