Expect the 2015 Subaru Outback to have a sleeker and more fashionable design than the current model.
Believe it or not, the current-gen Subaru Outback was launched back in 2009, and in today's fast-paced world of new models, that means it's outdated. What you see here are the first images of the new Outback testing ahead of its expected unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show next January. Our spy photographers claim this Outback mule was spotted being tested against the likes of not only the Toyota RAV4, but also the Audi Allroad, meaning Subaru is setting the bar quite high.
Like all previous Outbacks, the new model will once again be based on the Legacy, itself due for a redesign that'll premiere around the same time. From what we can tell from these photos, the new Outback will have a sleeker profile than the current model, with the front and rear windshields more steeply raked. Even with the camouflage, this prototype still looks less bulky and awkward than the Outback you can buy today. With Subaru's latest design language, as displayed on the new Forester, expect the new Outback's hood to have two strong character lines along with much more streamlined projector headlights.
There's also new grille openings with several cross bars, while note the new dash and gauge cluster and sportier steering wheel with paddle shifters. 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 feature at some point down the road.