"Outback’s status and success as the original cross-over wagon is built on its ever-evolving capability,” said Wallis Dumper, the Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand.
"These latest changes for 2012 again prove our commitment to comprehensive specification and value, all wrapped in the reassurance of five-star safety and genuine All Wheel Drive capability.”
"Outback continues to pioneer and build on its rock solid credentials for reliability, durability, safety, flexibility and resale value.”
The factory-fitted 4.3” LCD screen displays audio information and reversing camera images.
"These upgrades make Legacy an even more compelling package, combining safety, luxury and functionality to produce a highly durable and desirable car with the added benefit of sure-footed All Wheel Drive,” said Mr. Dumper.
And Legacy and Outback are still one of the most economical in the medium to large car class, thanks to Subaru’s Lineartronic transmission, despite the perceived impediment of symmetrical All Wheel Drive.
On the 2010 Energywise Rally run by the AA and EECA, a Legacy achieved 6.545 litres/ 100 kms while an Outback recorded 6.811 litres/ 100 kms. Both models featured a 2.5 litre Boxer engine and Lineartronic automatic transmission.
Legacy and Outback petrol models already have a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and the addition of a factory-fitted reversing camera to all models underscores Subaru’s ongoing safety commitment.
All Legacy and Outback petrol models come with seven airbags, Vehicle Dynamics Control, ABS brakes with EBD and Brake Assist, engine immobiliser security system and full time Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.
Other standard features across the range include alloy wheels, Bluetooth hands free calling, headlight auto off, dual zone climate control air conditioning, cruise control, paddle shift for all Lineartronic and automatic gearbox models and a three year unlimited kilometres warranty.
All Outback and Legacy wagons have one touch 60:40 split folding rear seats.
Higher specification models can have Bilstein suspension, electric sunroof, dusk sensing headlights, Xenon headlights, rain sensing wipers, smart key and push button start, leather upholstery and power seats.
The Outback is available in 2.0 litre diesel, 2.5 litre petrol and 3.6 litre petrol engines and six speed manual, Lineartronic and 5 speed automatic transmission variants.
Legacy can come with two litre diesel, 2.5 petrol, 3.6 petrol and 2.5 petrol turbocharged motors and a choice of six speed manual, Lineartronic and five speed automatic gearboxes.
The Legacy range starts from $43,990 for the 2.5 litre sedan and wagon with 6 speed manual gearbox and includes 20 models up to the flagship GT Spec B. Premium sedan and wagon at $67,990.
The 5 model Outback range begins at $46,990 for a 2.5 litre manual, with the top of the range 3.6R Premium listed at $65,990.