Subaru launches next generation Outback in New York

There aren't many products that can claim to have saved a brand, but the Outback is widely credited with turning things around for a struggling Subaru when it was introduced 25 years ago.

Of course, it didn't hurt for the then-struggling automaker to have signed up Paul Hogan, the Australian actor who was then reaching the height of his fame in the "Crocodile Dundee" film franchise.

There's a vertical array of LED lamps along the Outback's lower fascia, according to the teaser image released by the automaker, a different layout than on the new Legacy.

While not ready to discuss future product plans, Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll has not hidden the fact that the brand will have to start using battery power over the next few years in order to meet increasingly stringent emissions and mileage standards.

A CVT will be paired to both engines and, as is the case on every Subaru model but the BRZ sports car, the automaker's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system will be standard on the 2020 Outback.

The latter system uses an infrared camera and facial recognition technology to recognize when a driver is growing drowsy, following up with visual and audio alerts.

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