RUNNING GEAR

Following the strong tradition of the 'Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept', engineers devised and developed the chassis and running gear for the Subaru Outback to feature many new and updated components. Their aim was to create a new Subaru that was exceptionally comfortable and safe to drive for long periods, and over many years of ownership, while also guaranteeing good drivability, high performance and genuine motoring pleasure.

To reduce noise, vibrations and harshness (NVH), and to enhance ride comfort, the engine mounting structure has been entirely renewed, for the first time since the Subaru 1000 model of 1966. An all-new 'Cradle Mount System' was adopted where the engine and transmission are mounted on a sub-frame - rather than directly to the bodyshell. This system brings numerous benefits.

The sub-frame is attached to the bodyshell using rubber bushes, tuned to dampen different frequencies of vibrations generated by the engine, transmission and suspension. For example, the main cushion rubber uses a liquid-filled type of bush, and the engine is supported on the subframe at four widely-spread points.

In addition, the front suspension and the power steering are mounted on the sub-frame, so that potential vibrations from the road surface are not easily transferred to the bodyshell or the car's occupants - improving ride comfort and refinement.

When combined with the AWD drivetrain, the new Outback's 200 mm ground clearance enables the vehicle to tackle rougher ground with ease.

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