If you haven’t heard, Subaru just revealed the fully redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback at the New York Auto Show. We will have to wait a while before one arrives at our dealership, but let’s take a look at some of the photos and discuss what we do know.

What Do We Know About The 2020 Subaru Outback?

First of all the the 2020 Subaru Outback is now being built on the Subaru Global platform, which was first revealed in 2016. It promised 70 to 100% greater rigidity compared to the older chassis. The stiffer body also means less vibration throughout the cabin. An addition 40% increase in impact energy absorption was also added to improve safety.

Currently the Crosstrek, 2019 Forester, 2019 Impreza, and 2019 Ascent are built on the Subaru Global platform, with updates/redesigns incoming for the BRZ, Outback, Legacy, Impreza, and WRX.

2020 Subaru Outback Design Features

The 2020 Outback is borrowing familiar styling from the newer models like the Crosstrek and Forester, while maintaining its recognizable form factor.

The front grille has been reworked and features dark grey crossbeams, while the normal headlights have been re-sculpted and take on a more aggressive appearance. The fog lights were also reworked into a vertical stack inline with the Forester.  

The rear hatch is wider and offers a hands-free opening feature, which will work by waving in front of the Subaru badge. Loading your Outback while your hands are full just got easier.

This feature and a new cargo cover that lifts with a single touch are both new to Subaru and will be standard on most Outback trim levels. The standard roof rails feature crossbars that retract into the side rails when not in use.

Interior Design Features of the 2020 Outback

Inside is where the Outback is really turning heads. All trims except the base will be outfitted with an 11.6″ vertical display, which was shown off in the upcoming 2020 Legacy from February. Subaru is taking a seat at the table with Telsa, Volvo and even Ram, with this new display.

2020 Subaru Outback with leather interior view

The interface features all of the familiar offerings like Bluetooth connectivity, radio, media, STARLINK® Multimedia touchscreen , 4G LTE Wifi, Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto, software climate controls, vehicle settings and x-mode all wheel drive control. It will provide up to 4 USB ports as well as two 12-volt sockets. The top trims will also come equipped with TomTom voice activated navigation, and an available 12 Speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

One interesting new addition to the updated STARLINK® Multimedia infotainment system is Chimani, and application that provides a comprehensive guide to all of America’s National Parks, showing history and highlights written by local travel experts. This is a great addition for all of those explorers out there.

The 2020 Outback will have eyesight driver assist on all trims. Additionally the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System will be added to the plethora of safety features. Optional driver assist systems include LED steering responsive headlights, a heads up display, reverse automatic braking, blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

2020 Subaru Outback displaying safety features

Limited and Touring models get 10-way power seats with driver thigh-support adjustment and three-level seat heaters that now warm the shoulders as well as the lower back.

2020 Subaru Outback Trim Levels

2020 Subaru Outback Onyx edition on dirt road

The available flavors will be as follows: Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT and Touring XT trims, with the new Onyx Edition getting black-finish exterior features, 18-inch alloys, and a water-repellent, two-tone grey interior. It’s only available with the 2.4-liter turbo, as are all XT trims.

Subaru definitely embodies the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but it is definitely a redesign with a surplus of new features.

Let us know in the comments below, what are you looking forward to most about the 2020 Outback.