By Otsile Kadiege
Subaru SA has announced the introduction of the new Outback XT derivative into the local line-up bringing the total model derivatives to three. The Subaru XT becomes the flagship in the range as the most powerful iteration of the legendary Outback.
Outback XT exterior
Aesthetically, the Subaru Outback XT is differentiated by new 18-inch black alloy wheels. The Subaru XT is available in nine body colours: Autumn Green Metallic (new); Crystal White Pearl; Ice Silver Metallic; Magnetite Grey Metallic; Storm Grey Metallic; Crystal Black Silica; Crimson Red Pearl; Dark Blue Pearl and Brilliant Bronze Metallic (new).
Inside, the key feature of the Outback XT is the latest generation of EyeSight Driver Assist Technology which now has a wider field of view and smarter control software. The system can detect other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians from further afield and within a wider area. EyeSight Driver Assist also allows for smarter Adaptive Cruise functions with speed limit recognition, Lane Centering and Lane Keep Assist.
As with the other Outback models, other key features include Subaru’s innovative Driver Monitoring System and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System as well as the convenient hands-free tailgate opening function. The portrait oriented 11.6-inch infotainment system now comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a feature that will be offered on all new 2023 Outback models going forward.
The Outback XT is powered by a new 2.4-litre, turbocharged BOXER engine that delivers 183 kW and 350 Nm of torque. This engine is the same engine from the WRX model, tuned to be better suited to the versatility of the Outback. The engine is paired with a lightweight Lineartronic CVT driving all 4 wheels via Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Due to the increase in power and torque, the Outback XT has improved towing capacity of 2,400kg. The vehicle’s 0 – 100 kph time is also improved to 7.5-seconds.
Pricing and warranty
Subaru Outback 2.5i-Field ES R779,000
Subaru Outback 2.5i-Touring ES R829,000
Subaru Outback XT R959,000
The Subaru Outback is sold with a 3yr/75 000km Maintenance Plan as well as a 5yr/150 000km Warranty.
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