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2014 Subaru Outback: Ruggedly versatile, powerful yet efficient

July 8, 2013
        --  Higher ground clearance than many SUVs and crossovers with a
            low step-in height.
        --  Crisp car-like handling with the versatility of an SUV.
        --  Standard full-time All-Wheel Drive with impressive fuel economy
            of 6.5 L/100 KM.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 8, 2013 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is
pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Subaru Outback. As the adventure-ready SUV alternative, the Subaru Outback provides
crisp car-like handling with the versatility of an SUV. Standard Subaru
symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive distinguishes Outback from
crossover competitors, which generally offer all-wheel-drive at an
additional cost. Plus its 220 mm of ground clearance is higher than
even many large SUVs and crossovers, while still maintaining a low
step-in height.

Dynamic Performance with an Eye on Efficiency

Under the hood, 2014 Outback 2.5i Convenience models offer a
double-overhead camshaft (DOHC) 2.5-litre SUBARU BOXER engine producing
173 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque for increased performance and fuel
efficiency, while the 2014 Outback 3.6R is offered with a 256-hp
3.6-litre 6-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine.

The Outback 2.5i Convenience offers a choice between a standard 6-speed
manual transmission as well as the second-generation Lineartronic CVT
(continuously variable transmission), whereas the Outback 3.6R comes
equipped with a 5-speed Electronic Direct Control Automatic
Transmission with Manual Mode (5EAT). A downshift blipping feature
enhances its sporty feel when using the paddle shift controls.

Models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT will see fuel efficiency of
6.5 L / 100 km on the highway and 8.6 L / 100 km in the city. Models
equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission will see fuel efficiency of
7.1 L / 100 km on the highway and 9.4 L / 100 km in the city.

Greater Availability of Subaru’s EyeSight Driver-Assist System

The 2014 Outback gains the option of Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance system on its Outback 2.5i Limited Package in
addition to its Outback 3.6R Limited Package, which integrates Adaptive
Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and a Vehicle Lane Departure
Warning. This preventative safety technology – which uses a stereo
camera design developed by Subaru to provide a detection angle wider
than that of radar-based systems – can detect obstacles in front of a
car and limit potential damage in an impact.

Five Trim Levels

The 2014 Subaru Outback is available in five trim levels – 2.5i
Convenience, Touring and Limited Packages as well as a 3.6R model
available with or without the Limited Package. The Outback 2.5i
Convenience is also available with a PZEV option, while the Outback
2.5i and 3.6R with Limited Package features an optional EyeSight driver
assistance system. The entry 2.5i Convenience model features a long
roster of standard features, among them power-adjustable, foldable,
heated body-colour door mirrors, fully automatic headlights, a 10-way
power driver’s seat with heated front seats, voice-activated Bluetooth( )mobile phone connectivity and streaming audio, a USB charging port,
steering wheel cruise control and audio switches, a 60/40-split
flat-folding rear seat, and an electronic parking brake with Hill
Holder system. The electronic Hill Holder system holds the vehicle in
place until the driver applies the throttle to pull away from an
inclined stop.

Outback models with the Touring Package add additional amenities such as
a power tilting and sliding glass sunroof, windshield wiper de-icer,
leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a
6-speaker system and a cargo tray.

Additionally, Outback 3.6R models also include a power tilting and
sliding glass sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 6-speaker
system and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Both Outback 2.5i and 3.6R models with the Limited Package additionally
come equipped with leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror
with HomeLink, a touchscreen GPS navigation system with 7.0-inch LCD
display, voice-activated controls and navigation, XM Satellite Radio
(subscription required), rear-vision camera, an SD card slot for
convenient navigation map updates, harman/kardon speakers and
amplifier, and a 4-way power front passenger seat.

Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle Technology

PZEV is a designation awarded to vehicles that meet strict emissions
standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Subaru PZEV
vehicles in Canada comply with the CARB Super Ultra-Low Emission
Vehicle tailpipe standard (SULEV) and virtually eliminate fuel-system
evaporative emissions. Compared to an average new vehicle, Subaru PZEV
vehicles have significantly cleaner exhaust emissions. In certain
cases, vehicles meeting PZEV emission standards are even cleaner than
hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles.

Independent Suspension for Flatter Cornering

All Subaru models feature a strut-type front suspension with a wide
track and long wheel travel. The double-wishbone rear suspension, also
on all models, handles rough roads and sharp corners with both poise
and precision – ensuring maximum tire contact, minimum vibration and
significantly improved ride quality. Together, these characteristics
deliver flatter cornering as well as a quieter, more comfortable ride
over a variety of road surfaces.

Vehicle Dynamics Control

Standard on every Subaru, the Vehicle Dynamics Control system monitors
and analyzes if the vehicle is following the driver’s intended course
via an array of smart sensors. If the vehicle approaches the limits of
stability, the AWD torque distribution, engine output and brakes at
each wheel adjust automatically to assist in keeping the vehicle on
course. A Vehicle Dynamics Control ‘off’ switch is useful for driving
out of slushy roads, deep snow or very loose gravel. The ‘off’ position
deactivates the system’s torque-reduction control, while the ABS and
traction control remain active.

Subaru’s Safety Leadership

At Subaru, confidence is inspired through peace of mind on the road.
When the unthinkable happens, Outback’s engineering provides an
inside-out approach to protecting its occupants with celebrated Subaru
safety. Subaru’s dedication to comprehensive all-around protection has
helped the Outback achieve an IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety) TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP). In fact, all Subaru models have been
recognized as IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKS for four consecutive years. The
Subaru Outback has also achieved the IIHS’ TSP+ distinction. The newly
created TOP SAFETY PICK+ award requires good ratings for occupant
protection in at least four of five IIHS evaluations, including the new
Small Overlap test, with no less than acceptable in any test.

The extensive roster of dynamic safety technology in the 2014 Outback
includes standard 4-wheel disc brakes with Subaru’s four-wheel,
four-channel, four-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle
Dynamics Control (VDC) electronic stability system, as well as
symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive and Brake Assist. In emergency
braking, drivers usually apply less pedal force than needed even if
they react quickly. Brake Assist detects how quickly the driver has
pressed the pedal, and if pedal velocity exceeds a certain level, Brake
Assist immediately applies system hydraulic pressure up to the ABS
limit to help increase braking effectiveness.

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is also standard. The EBD
system automatically adjusts front/rear brake proportioning based on
vehicle load and is more effective than conventional brake
proportioning valves.

In all Subaru models, the foundation for outstanding occupant protection
is the advanced ring-shaped reinforcement frame unibody structure with
a front-end configuration that disperses collision energy in three
directions. This design forms a series of rings around the passenger
compartment, providing protection in a variety of collision types.
High-tension steel side-impact door beams and impact-absorbing foam
materials enhance side-impact safety performance.

Standard passive safety technology includes the Subaru advanced frontal
air bag system (SRS), driver and front passenger seat-mounted
side-impact air bags, and standard side curtain air bags. A rollover
sensor can deploy the side curtain air bags if it detects a potential
vehicle rollover.

Whiplash-reducing front seats help reduce potential whiplash injury in a
rear collision, while a collapsible brake pedal and impact-absorbing
driver’s footrest help reduce lower leg injury in a frontal collision.

Award-winning Value

Adding to its massive versatility, unexpected car-like handling and
all-weather capability is the Outback’s multiple award-winning history
over the past year. In addition to being named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK
and TOP SAFETY PICK+, the Outback also received ALG’s (Automotive Lease
Guide) Best Midsize Utility for the third year in a row as well as
Canadian Black Book’s award for Best Midsize Car for Retained Value for
the fourth year in a row. The Car Guide also recognized Outback in its
Best Buys Best Crossover under $50,000.

About Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For
additional information, please visit www.pr.subaru.ca or www.subaru.ca.

* EyeSight is not designed as a substitute for due care and attention to
the road. The system may not react in every situation. There are
certain operational limitations, such as when weather conditions
obscure the view of the cameras. Finally, even with the advanced
technology used, a driver with good vision and who is paying attention
will always be the best safety system.

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

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