TRANSMISSION

Standard transmission for 2.0-litre diesel model is a new manual six-speed unit. This compact transmission is the same length as the previous five-speed unit and weighs just five kg more.

Improvements featured in the new transmission include a cable-type linkage and a carbon synchronizer for the first and second ratios, constantly-engaged synchromesh for reverse gear, to improve the shift feel, and optimised lubrication paths for reduced friction losses. The broader ratio coverage provided by the six-speed unit delivers better fuel economy, plus improved drivability and quietness at higher speeds.

Full-time 'Symmetrical' AWD - the Subaru hallmark

The Subaru Outback incorporates the latest version of Subaru's Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system, giving the new model all the traction advantages for which the brand is famous.

This is an evolution of Subaru's original full-time AWD system, which has a well-proven ability to provide real driving pleasure, superior driving performance and long-term reliability.

The four-wheel drive is delivered by a 'Centre differential AWD with viscous LSD' system. This combines a bevel-gear-type centre differential with the basic 50/50% front/rear, torque distribution and a viscous coupling limited slip differential. When a front wheel or rear wheel slips, the viscous coupling raises the torque distribution to other wheels to ensure optimum traction.

For maximum driving safety the Subaru Outback is equipped with Subaru's VDC system. This is an electronic stability control (ESC) programme that closely monitors vehicle behaviour and automatically corrects excessive understeer and oversteer by braking individual wheels and/or reducing engine power, ensuring that the vehicle follows the course intended by the driver for maximum safety.

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