Aussie Subaru Outback is rougher than before image

Subaru is taking the 2014 Outback model for Australia into crossover territory, with added rugged and aggressive styling cues, designed to remind the customers about the All-Wheel Drive abilities of the model.

A lot more aggressive now than the European or U.S. variants, the Australian Outback is a “hardened” appearance with plastic body cladding, underbody protection and roof rails. The makeover also includes tinted headlights, a dark grey grille, mud flaps and dark grey alloy wheels.

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, however customers not wanting the full kit have the option to specify just roof rails, side sills, dark grey front grille and alloy wheels, and the headlights with black background. Also, Outback 2.5i variants added the new, more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly FB horizontally opposed Boxer engine.