by Stuart Livesey
Fine lines and more comfort
Subaru released the latest version of their popular Outback at the Detroit Motor Show on Sunday.
The Subaru Outback debuts new front sheet metal and features a larger and more upright grille for a bolder appearance. Combined with the new grille and front fascia, the re-designed guards and hood deliver a more rugged look. The Outback also features unique fog lights and new wheels for the XT and six-cylinder models.
Inside, Legacy and Outback models gain a redesigned instrument panel and revised interior fabrics. A telescopic steering column and a new integrated ignition key/remote entry unit are now standard. Distinctive electroluminescent gauges, formerly featured only on the turbo Legacy and Outback models, will now be on the 6-cylinder models for 2008.
On the premium models, a redesigned steering wheel offers additional controls, including the audio system, cruise control, the multi-information display and separate Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) controls.
SI-DRIVE allows the driver to maximize engine performance, control and efficiency by choosing from among three selectable modes — “Intelligent,” “Sport” and “Sport Sharp.” The driver selects the performance mode by using a rotary dial on the center console or, newly added for 2008, a button on the steering wheel.