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Subaru Outback XT confirmed for Australia


Subaru is set to deliver turbocharged grunt in a package that attracts thousands of customers every year.

The manufacturer will introduce a more powerful “XT” version of the Outback in the first quarter of 2023.

Subaru Australia spokeswoman Chloe Fraser said a boosted version of the Outback was “something that our customers have been asking for a very long time”.

“Whilst we are not currently in a position to be able to share all the pre-launch information, we wanted to be able to provide our customers that golden confirmation that it is coming to the market,” she said.

We are beyond thrilled to be able to deliver that for our customers.”

Technical details surrounding the car are slim.

But we know American versions powered by a retuned version of the WRX’s 2.4-litre motor offer 194kW and 375Nm – well more than the 138kW and 245Nm of the current 2.5-litre car.

American customers who choose the turbo version also enjoy a 365 kilogram increase in maximum towing capacity, rising from 1225kg to around 1590 kilos.

The Outback XT will be paired with Subaru’s “Lineartronic” CVT automatic transmission, which also brings a comprehensive array of driver assistance features.

Expect a significant increase in fuel use to accompany the boosted in power. It will also cost more than the current outback, which is available in three trim lines priced from about $46,000 to $55,000 drive-away.

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