New York Auto Show treated to refreshed 2018 Subaru Outback image

It turns out the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek or the name change are not the only novelties the Japanese brand has prepared for this month’s New York Auto Show.

The company is also hitting the catwalk with the major upgrade of the 2018 Outback. The new version comes to further highlight the popularity of the high-riding wagon in front of the worldwide audience of the New York Auto Show before hitting dealerships this summer. The styling is going along the same lines proposed by the upgraded Legacy or the all-new Crosstrek and brings a more angular look for the front, as well as an even more rugged appearance overall. We spotted a refreshed front end, while the brand says the new “front cladding enhances protection from mud and stones.” The facelift made no changes to the vehicle’s 8.7 inches (221 millimeters) of ground clearance, though.

The 2018 Outback also features technical upgrades – a modified electric power steering for a more linear response, while the brakes are coming with “a more direct feel,” and there are also reworked dampers for smoother riding. The Qutback has the exact same engine options 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder still with 175 horsepower (131 kilowatts) and 174 pound-feet (236 Newton-meters) of torque, followed by the 3.6-liter flat-six with 256 hp (191 kW) and 247 lb-ft (335 Nm), both mated to a CVT – which benefits from a modified control unit to deliver a smoother response.