Thursday, January 11, 2018

Subaru Launches EyeSight-Equipped 2018 Outback and XV


Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles across 9 countries in Asia launched the EyeSight driver assist technology on two vehicles: the 2018 Outback and the 2018 Subaru XV. Unveiled at the 2018 Singapore Motor Show, both of these models are slated to arrive in the Philippines by Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) in April.

Launched in the Philippines last September, the 2018 Subaru XV finally gains the EyeSight driver assist technology which integrates five functions: Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Sway & Departure Warning, Lead Vehicle Start Alert, Pre-Collision Braking System, and Pre-Collision Throttle Management. The addition of EyeSight makes the Subaru XV the “safest car ever made” as tested by the Japanese New Car Assessment Program or JNCAP.


With two variants of the Subaru XV available in the Philippine market, it’s understood that Motor Image Pilipinas will deploy EyeSight technology on the range-topping 2.0i-S only. They have yet to divulge the price increase (if any) this technology would have on the suggested retail price.

Meanwhile, Subaru’s flagship crossover, the Outback gets significant upgrades to its styling, comfort, and safety to go along with the EyeSight technology.


For 2018, the Outback shows off a bolder, more rugged looking face highlighted by wider, lower grille openings and a new bumper that complements the hexagonal grille. The C-shaped headlights, parking lights, and new horizontal character lines are made to extend outward from the grille, supposedly evoking the piston motion of the Subaru boxer engine. Tweaks to the front cladding enhances protection from mud and stones when the vehicle is driven off-road while new alloy wheel designs (18-inchers) complete the changes.

Enhancements have also been made throughout the Outback chassis including the fitment of STABLEX-Ride System dampers. This system allows more movement of the suspension for a better ride at low speeds and then reduces them at high speed to minimize body movement. Retunes were done on the brakes and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems for a more direct feel and a more enjoyable driving experience.


The Outback is also quieter for 2018 thanks to a new short-pitch chain for the Lineartronic CVT transmission, reshaped exterior mirrors that cut wind noise, new sound-insulating glass for the front side windows that help make the front seat area quieter, and thicker rear wheel well aprons that reduce rear seat ambient noise.

Inside, the 2018 Outback receives enhancements via new premium materials and a redesigned center console. Front and center is a new 8-inch Starlink touchscreen infotainment system that integrates both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Meanwhile, a new steering wheel, genuine stitching details on the dashboard and the use of high-gloss black trim and silver-colored bezels give it a more luxurious look and feel.


It also has a revised air conditioning system that cools the cabin more quickly and provides a more uniform temperature throughout. The temperature setting indicator is now located inside the control dial for more intuitive operation as well.

For 2018, Motor Image Pilipinas will be bringing in just one variant of the Outback and that’s the 3.6R-S. Producing 260 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque, it offers exceptional response at all vehicle speeds along with a smoother drive thanks to a recalibrated ECU.


Apart from EyeSight, the Outback comes with a full suite of active and passive safety features including 7 airbags, ABS, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability control, and even front and side view cameras to help it navigate and park through narrow and tight spaces.

Both the refreshed 2018 Outback and the Subaru XV will be made available in the Philippines for booking at all Subaru showrooms nationwide starting April 5, 2018. Final pricing and exact specifications will be announced closer to its local launch.

14 comments:

  1. Wait Uly, that means that the 2.5i variant of the Outback is going to get discontinued here in the Philippines?

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    1. Plans can still change but from what we gather, yes. The 2.5 will disappear.

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    2. Outback 2.5 was expensive And underpowered. It couldnt compete with explorer, sorento and santa fe

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    3. @Anon 7:09am - It doesn't compete with those to begin with. The Outback is a tweener. The Ascent compete with those 3-row crossovers you mentioned. The Outback is a raised wagon. Though yes, I agree that the 2.5 was underpowered, its equipment is miles ahead of the Explorer and the Koreans.

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  2. This is what I call useful technology. Car companies are rushing towards self driving technology which for me is too unnerving. I can not trust some chips inside a car to drive me to my destination in one piece. Eyesight or some other versions should be required on long haul trucks and buses. Drivers falling asleep driving lorries as big as a 3 storey building can be scary.

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    1. Have you tried flying on a commercial aircraft? If yes, you still sound like your in one piece.

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    2. Maybe you're flying high because of drugs. WTF are you talking about!

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    3. Heard about auto pilot? Auto landing? It also uses computer chips.

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    4. Planes don't auto land , pilots take control of the plane when landing.

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  3. Why not the Forester? I thought that's their volume seller

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    1. Because an all-new one is arriving before the year ends. That one will come with EyeSight.

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  4. AI says prices increased 5% across the board

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    1. That's for the current line-up. They have yet to announce prices for the EyeSight-equipped XV and the 2018 Outback FYI.

      https://www.carguide.ph/2018/01/subaru-absorbs-some-new-vehicle-excise.html

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  5. How's the nvh and interior fit of these 2 compared to entry level luxury cossovers like x1 or nx?

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