If you're going to name a car after a specific location or region, you'd better make sure it's taken seriously in the place it's named for. You're not likely to see a Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Monaco, and the Alfa Romeo Montreal was never even officially offered in North America, but the Subaru Outback is another story.

Subaru apparently takes the Australian market, whose wilderness its jacked-up Legacy wagon is named for, very seriously. So it is apparently rolling out a revised version of the current Outback in Australia itself. The updated Outback, which arrives less than a year before the all-new model is expected to bow, answers Aussie customer feedback with a more rugged look. It's got new roof rails, body cladding, wheel arches, mud flaps, underbody protection plates and blacked-out headlight surrounds and grille trim.

The Motor Report reports that the AUD $2,500 worth of extra equipment – around $2,300 USD – comes with just an AUD $500 ($468) price hike. As far as we can tell, though, there are no plans to bring this latest look to our shores – Subaru has already detailed North America's Outback for the 2014 model year, and these changes aren't mentioned. Should this look be offered in our market? Vote in the poll below and then have your say in Comments.


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Subaru What's New for 2014

Outback
EyeSight driver assistance system now optional on 2.5i Premium model; previously available only for Limited, and now also standard on Special Appearance Package models. EyeSight® integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.

Adaptive control is standard on all CVT transmission models. Based on vehicle inputs received by the transmission control module, pulley gear ratios are always optimized based on driving preferences and road conditions.

New Alloy Wheel Package for 2.5i model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, 225/60 R17 all-season tires and fog lights.
Rear vision camera included with Power Moonroof Package on Premium and Limited.

Aha® Infotainment smartphone integration included with the optional navigation system.

The electroluminescent illumination instrument cluster with the center mounted color LCD display is optional on the 2.5i Premium model with the Eyesight system.


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      Erik Tomlinson
      • 1 Year Ago
      While an improvement over the Legacy Outback I'm used to seeing around here in Canada, it still doesn't hold a candle to the previous generation in terms of looks. I know these aren't Outbacks, but come on... a new Legacy looks like it's been beaten with an ugly stick compared to these: http://i.imgur.com/ObvuSfE.jpg
      Nick K.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not a "discontinued hood scoop", this is the Turbo Diesel version. Besides the scoop, and the painted roof rails, everything on this Outback is already available through packages on the current US spec. The mud flaps and wheel arches have been available options since 2010, and the "blacked out" headlights can be had currently with the SAP package which also includes the turn signals in the side mirrors. I don't see EyeSight or heated seats in this model, either. Actually, if you look at previous versions of the Outback in AUS spec they made it more like our US spec.
        Nick K.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick K.
        Underbody protection plates, that is an addition.
      Anthony Voskinarian
      • 1 Year Ago
      i dont notice any changes besides color to the regular Outback
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the worst looking generation of legacy/outback way too tall...looks like a cross over rather than a wagon
      Lastchance
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would be a big hit in the northeast, especially with gay and straight women. Outbacks are very popular with older college educated liberal women. I would say most of the time I see an outback, an older women is driving.
      dice
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it just me, but even the headlights look better without the amber reflector the US models have.
        RedEmblem
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dice
        I think the same could be said for most headlights in existence... I really don't like the US regulations.
      mogli
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...unless it comes in with a diesel powerplant.
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Subaru needs an STI Crosstrek and an STI BRZ and life would be perfect!
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've always been a fan of the Outback for it's rugged exterior and utility but this takes it a step further. Looks outstanding.
      ayeco
      • 1 Year Ago
      The plastic is making it feel a bit Pontiac to me.
      jardwilliows2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bloody plastic cladding galore.
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