Even though the look is almost the same as the generation it replaces it, it is actually an all-new car.
Under the hood, Subaru engineers installed the first turbocharged boxer engine on the Outback since 2009. The 2.4-liter flat-four packs a total of 260 HP and a maximum torque of 277 lb-ft (375 Nm). Base models and trims will have the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engines, which will deliver only 182 HP. Regardless of their engines, all Subaru Outbacks will be paired with the new CVT gearbox, which has a manual function where the driver can choose between 8 forward gears.
From the safety point of view, the latest Subaru Outback offers a complete package of airbags and standard on all trims is Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane keep assist (which is called Lane Centering for Subaru) and other amenities. On top of these, there is also a head-up display offered as standard for all Outbacks.
As usual, Subaru kept its budget for the design department low so the new Outback doesn't seem too new compared with the model it replaces.