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Subaru blesses its new Outback AWD wagon with six-cylinder power

Subaru logo11 Jun 2004

THE Subaru Outback is a car that can claim to be among the creators of the cross-over wagon boom. It's car-like behaviour - unsurprising considering it is based on the Liberty road car - car-like ride height and car-like looks all keep it in favour in the suburbs, where it is liked just as much for its suggestion of off-road ability. And in this latest, third generation Outback - coinciding unsurprisingly with the latest iteration of Liberty - the formula is as recognisable as ever. Here we are sampling the 3.0R Premium Pack, with its significantly updated double overhead camshaft boxer engine, a car Subaru has lined up against some top-notch luxury opposition.
Model release date: 1 September 2003 to 1 September 2006

Previous model

Subaru Outback H6

Released: October 2000
Ended: October 2003
Family Tree: Outback

SUBARU introduced its first six-cylinder Outback - and its first six-cylinder, period - as part of the second generation Outback range in October 2000. Called the H6 and priced around $52,000, it topped the Gen II Outback range that opened under $38,000. The H6's 3.0-litre boxer engine produced 154kW at 6000rpm and 282Nm of torque at 4400rpm, but was not a significantly quicker vehicle than its four-cylinder brethren.

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