Our spy photographers captured shots of a prototype of the upcoming 2015 Subaru Outback testing in Europe, giving us an idea of what this Legacy-based, all-wheel-drive wagon will look like when it debuts sometime later this year. Despite the heavy camouflage, we can see that this crossover closely follows the look of the recently revealed 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan, with clean, conservative lines and a more streamlined profile than before.
Up front, the 2015 Subaru Outback displays the same swept-back headlights as the new Legacy, and the Outback’s grille will likely adopt the same trapezoidal shape as its sedan counterpart. Moving along the side, the new Outback features a sleeker profile that moves away from the bulky, awkward proportions of the current Outback wagon. Like the 2015 Legacy, the Outback should grow slightly longer and taller than its predecessor, but this early look reveals a sleeker shape that reduces the car’s visual mass. LED taillights round out the rear, with a rear spoiler sitting atop the rear hatch for a slightly sporty look.
Don’t expect any radical changes from the 2015 Subaru Outback in terms of engine choices, as the car will most likely use the same 2.5-liter flat-four and 3.6-liter flat-six engines as before, both paired with a standard CVT. Both engines have been revised for better fuel economy in the 2015 Legacy, though, so the new Outback should receive slightly higher ratings than the current car’s EPA numbers of 24/30 mpg with the four-cylinder and 17/25 mpg city/highway with the six-cylinder.
Given that this Subaru Outback prototype was spotted testing with an Audi Q5, Subaru looks to be moving the Outback in a slightly more upscale direction. We expect the Outback to share most interior components with the new Legacy, which has a tastefully styled cabin that features higher-quality materials than before. The 2015 Subaru Outback will also receive an upgraded version of Subaru’s EyeSight active safety technology, which includes systems like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2015 Subaru Outback when it makes its official debut sometime later this year.