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Next-Gen Subaru Outback Benchmarked Against Audi Q5

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All-new model could make an appearance at the 2014 NY Auto Show.

We were expecting to see the next-gen Subaru Outback at the Detroit Auto Show but as that didn’t happen – and with these latest spy shots of the Legacy-based SUV undergoing testing in Europe – a reveal at next month’s New York Auto Show is not out of the question. Subaru is setting the bar high for the all-new Outback with this particular prototype being benchmarked against the Audi Q5. Sleeker, with more steeply raked front and rear windshields, the 2015 Outback is looking less bulky than its predecessor.

A new hood with two strong character lines is visible through the camo, while other features include more streamlined projector headlights and new grille openings with cross bars. Off-road style rocker panels, roof rack rails and a lower fascia chin panel are also evident, as are newly positioned side mirrors, 18-inch alloys and smaller taillights. Power should come from an updated version of the familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder along with an upmarket version of the 2.0 turbo-four from the Forester that will likely have the same output as the current 3.6-liter V6. The latter engine could very well be dropped entirely and a diesel-hybrid powertrain could be featured at some point down the road.

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Inside, there’s a new dash and gauge cluster, a sports steering wheel with silver paddle shifters and new HVAC vents. Production of the 2015 Outback is set to start in June, so a debut in NYC next month is a distinct possibility.