Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Confirmed: the Subaru Outback is No More


You really, really, really wanted a Subaru Outback? You do? Huh? Well, that’s too bad. You shouldn’t have waited so long because Motor Image Pilipinas just confirmed: they’ve got no stock left. Zero. Zilch.

The last Subaru to be powered by a creamy 3.6-liter flat-6, the Outback sort of had a segment to itself—especially if you ever thought that an executive wagon/SUV was a thing. Sure, it had fuel economy that’ll give you nightmares, but my goodness, the engine was just buttery smooth. Plus, because it had real ground clearance and 500 mm of water wading, it can go where Accords and Camrys feared to tread. Pour one out as this old fashioned Subie heads off to the great wilderness park in the sky.

Fear not though, this isn’t the end of the Outback name. Motor Image Pilipinas has confirmed that they are indeed bringing in the all-new Outback. Though they didn’t mention any specifics, the all-new model pretty much sticks to the same proven recipe, only it sports a brand-new platform and, at least in other countries, a turbocharged motor. Sadly, it’s going to be a long wait. It’s understood that Subaru’s Gunma plant isn’t scheduled to run the all-new Outback until the third quarter of 2020 at the earliest.

Apart from the Outback’s demise, the entry-level Forester 2.0i-L is also gone. Though there are still some old stocks available, officially for MY2020, the Forester line-up gets the EyeSight driver assist system as standard equipment along with the Superview Around Recognition (SAR) 360-degree camera system. Meanwhile, for the Subaru XV, the base 2.0i is still offered with a traditional backup camera, but for P 20,000 more, it’ll also get the SAR 360 system.

Check out the latest prices below:
  • BRZ 2.0 A/T – P 2,158,000
  • Forester 2.0i-L EyeSight SAR 360 – P 1,888,000
  • Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight SAR 360 – P 2,018,000
  • Levorg 2.0 GT-S EyeSight – P 2,098,000
  • WRX 2.0 EyeSight – P 2,158,000
  • WRX STI 2.5 – P 2,848,000
  • XV 2.0i – P 1,588,000
  • XV 2.0i SAR 360 – P 1,608,000
  • XV 2.0i-S EyeSight SAR 360 – P 1,858,000
  • XV 2.0i-S EyeSight SAR 360 GT Edition – P 1,938,000

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