Colin-on-Cars – More powerful Subaru Outback

An XT version of the Subaru Outback has been added to the local spread, upping the choices to three variants.

The flagship XT is powered by a new 2,4-litre, turbocharged Boxer engine that delivers 183 kW and 350 Nm of torque and this engine is culled from the WRX model, tuned to be better suited to the versatility of the Outback.  

The engine is paired with a lightweight Lineartronic CVT driving all four wheels via Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Due to the increase in power and torque, the Outback XT has improved towing capacity of 1 800 kg..

Nteo Nkoli, Marketing Manager at Subaru SA says: “Our customers know how capable the Outback is and what ‘XT’ stands for and this car is a real showcase of that – Subaru’s most advanced engineering and technology with much more power.” 

Aesthetically, the Subaru Outback XT is differentiated by new 18-inch black alloy wheels. Besides this, the Outback XT remains feature-filled and brimming with the latest Subaru technology on offer. It is the safest and most capable Outback ever produced, built upon the Subaru Global Platform and with greater improvements to structural, primary, passive and active safety.

The latest generation of EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is a key feature on the new Subaru Outback XT, now with a wider field of view and smarter control software. The system can detect other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians from further afield and within a wider area.

EyeSight Driver Assist also allows for smarter Adaptive Cruise functions with speed limit recognition, Lane Centering and Lane Keep Assist.

As with the other Outback models, other key features include Subaru’s Driver Monitoring System and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System as well as the convenient hands-free tailgate opening function.

The portrait-oriented 11,6-inch infotainment system now comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a feature that will be offered on all new MY2023 Outback models going forward. 


  • Subaru Outback 2.5i-Field ES         R779 000
  • Subaru Outback 2.5i-Touring ES    R829 000
  • Subaru Outback XT                          R959 000

The Subaru Outback is sold with a 3-year/75 000 km Maintenance Plan as well as a 5-year/150 000 km Warranty.

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