2016 Subaru Outback Turbo – In for a Turbocharged Performance?

The 2016 Subaru Outback Turbo is set to grace the market with a couple of new features and a handful of advancements over its previous version. Since the last model came out in 2015, this refreshed version will share most of its specifications with its older variant and be offered at a price that is not too high compared to the original. But as far as visual elements and performance features are concerned, this model improves upon its sharp visuals and good performance aspects to make for a stable ride ideal for drivers with larger families. You’ll be able to see minute changes throughout the car’s body and by paying close enough attention, the intricacies of the powertrain will also become readily visible. Needless to say, Subaru has the plan to enthrall the newer generation SUV lovers with distinct and aggressive features.

2016 Subaru Outback Turbo Dust

How does 2016 Outback look?

Well, 2016 Subaru Outback Turbo does not look dramatically different than its predecessor but does present its uniqueness for those who go looking for it. While the body construction has been done with panels of almost identical design, subtle changes have adorned this vehicle, and you’ll be able to notice this by taking a peek at the headlights, which are now slimmer than before. Bearing in mind the headlights shape, sharply raked windshield, and a premium exhaust system, the visual design does not leave much to the imagination about the intended appeal to the audience. It is evident that Subaru wants to go for an all-out aggressive appearance while keeping the base identical as the previous version.

Further boosting this SUV’s charm are the horizontal taillights, bold grille design, lower roof rack, and the overall aerodynamic shape that promises remarkable amount of control on the road. The reshaped grille design will be responsible for supplying more air and also for reducing overall drag. This is a luxury SUV that would suit the elite class of society; people who want heads to turn their way wherever they go.

2016 Subaru Outback Turbo Exterior

What’s inside the cabin of 2016 Subaru Outback Turbo?

2016 Subaru Outback Turbo has taken elements of comfort and technology to a whole new level by including leather upholstery and a full assortment of infotainment elements. As a passenger, you will get access to electrically controlled front and rear seats that are now covered in premium leather. To tease your ears for music, a fantastic Harman Kardon nine-speaker audio system will be present, which means you can finally say goodbye to boring rides once and for all.

The dashboard of this model has been modified to be more useful for the drivers while more space is available in the cabin allowing the passengers to make themselves at home comfortably. Also, the adjustable seats can be arranged in a way to optimize cargo space inside of the cabin. Speaking of technology, there will be a whole lot of it and offer both for entertainment and assistance to the drivers.

2016 Subaru Outback Turbo Dashboard

This business class model poses as an ideal family car as well as it comes fully equipped with a broad range of safety features along with connectivity tools like Bluetooth and USB ports. It will have a 6.2-inch touchscreen displaying all the necessary information’s and controls of the car while the driver will have an 8-way adjustable seating arrangement, and many assistance features like:

• Satellite navigation
• Lane keeping assist
• Automatic climate control
• Anti-lock brake system
• Cruise control
• Rear parking sensors
• Star-link system for advanced infotainment
• Safety airbags as option

2016 Subaru Outback Turbo Control Panel

Engine and performance details of Subaru Outback Turbo

When it comes to powertrain, you can expect stellar performance to be delivered by 2016 Subaru Outback Turbo. This model will run on a 2.0 L turbo boxer engine, which you can find in the Forester model as well. This engine will be producing a maximum of 250 hp and equally impressive level of torque.

Other trim levels of Subaru Outback will offer two types of powertrain configuration. The base model will feature a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with the ability to generate up to 175 hp and maximum torque of close to 174 lb-ft. The second engine will be a 3.6 liter six-cylinder unit with production capability of 256 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy ratings of the base version have returned results of going up to 25 mpg in city, 33 mpg on Highway, and an average of 28 mpg on combined driving sessions. Fuel economy of the more powerful option is at 20/22/27 mpg in the city/combined/highway driving. With the addition of the 2.0-liter turbo model, we would most likely get even better performances than what 3.6-liter unit offers or at least it would be on par with those, but the biggest advantage would be the fuel economy. Results of turbo model are not known, but we would expect it to come with 22/30 mpg in city/highway drive.

So far, speculations say that both the engines will be mated to a CVT transmission and be available in both FWD and AWD based on customer preference. Maximum speed and acceleration rate stats have not yet been released, but you can expect to get more news soon enough as we are nearing the date of this car’s release. Same CVT option will be again offered with a turbo model, but since this will be the top option, at least when it comes to the engine, we do expect to see something more.

2016 Subaru Outback Turbo Engine

Outback’s Competitors

2016 Subaru Outback Turbo will face stiff competition in the market once it releases alongside other fantastic vehicles like Audi Allroad, Toyota Venza, Kia Sorento, Honda Crosstour, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Volvo XC70. All these models have a formidable reputation for being market leaders in the past and will be looking forward to making it first in the finish line regarding critical reviews and sales figures stats. One thing is for certain; you can expect the competition to heat up in the near future as marketers are leaving no stone upturned to promote these vehicles in unique ways.

2016 Subaru Outback Turbo Winter

Price and Date of release

Getting excited already? It won’t be long till you can take this car out on a drive as rumors suggest that this model should be available for purchase in just a couple of months now. As far as pricing is concerned, Subaru has decided to keep things modest and only increase price by a couple of hundred dollars. You can expect to buy the base version of Outback at a price close to $ 25,000 while the highest trim level might set you back for almost$ 34,000. As a good competitor to naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 we expect turbo model to be offered with a similar price to it, this needs to be checked, but we assume that $34,000 to $35,000 start price is realistic.

The 2016 Subaru Outback Turbo has generated enormous hype all over the world and has a dedicated fan base following and eagerly waiting for its launch. The release had been postponed once in the previous year, and the chances are that nothing of this sort will happen again this time around.

While we wait for official review of 2016 model here is a look at 2015 installment:


More details on official Subaru website.

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