Turbo Subaru Outback XT to be available in other markets

Updated May 13, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Should the Philippines get it as well?

Subaru has a deliberate approach to expanding its turbocharged engine lineup that has an XT badge. One recent instance is the Forester in Japan which received a 1.8-liter turbocharged mill after years of running on a naturally-aspirated power unit.

Subaru Outback front view

Subaru Outback

Now, Subaru is looking to introduce the 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer-4 engine in the Outback to other markets including Australia. The said power unit was exclusive in North America, while most markets utilize a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine that makes 185 horsepower and 245 Nm of torque.

The performance output figures of the Australia-bound turbo engine are still unclear. But looking at the U.S.-spec Outback, we could expect the XT-badged power unit to produce 261 horsepower and 376 Nm of torque. Regardless, the new power unit will expand the range of the Japanese wagon by providing a more performance-oriented driving experience.

As for the transmission, the Subaru Outback XT is still expected to pair the engine with a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). A Subaru Symmetrical all-wheel-drive (AWD) will be used to send power from the engine to all four wheels for better traction, resulting in safer drives, especially on slippery roads.

Subaru Outback XT badge

The Australian-spec Outback will carry the XT badge

Reports also suggest that the said turbocharged engine could be expanded in the Subaru BRZ. Currently, the BRZ is powered by a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated engine good for 234 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. If it comes to pass, the turbo mill will further solidify the model’s sports car characteristics.

Subaru Australia Managing Director Blair Read said that the Outback XT is set to begin production in the fourth quarter of this year as a 2023 model. Meanwhile, Subaru Philippines has yet to put the word out regarding the possibility of debuting a turbocharged Outback. The Philippines is one of the markets for the naturally-aspirated version, where it is currently offered at Php 2,380,000.

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Know more about Subaru Outback 2024

Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback 2023 Philippines is a five-seater crossover-like wagon propelled by a flat-four engine and is equipped with a symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. It is the ideal vehicle for adventurous folks as it provides ample ground clearance, as well as an outgoing, outdoorsy exterior design. The latest sixth-generation model comes with Subaru EyeSight 4.0, and it now comes with improvements to its multi-info display and infotainment user interface. 

Subaru Philippines is offering the Outback in one variant only priced at Php 2,380,000. It has a dimension that spans 4,870 mm in length, 1,875 mm in width, and 1,675 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,745 mm. Locally, this Japanese wagon goes up against the likes of the Volkswagen Santana GTS and Mazda6 Sports Wagon.

₱ 2,480,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


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