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6 Mar 2001

The Outback H6 has unique, 16-inch alloy wheelsEight-way power adjustable driver's seat is standard in Outback H6 Leather seat trim is standard AM/FM six-speaker sound system with cassette player is standard The H6 also comes with a six-disc CD stacker Cruise control is standard on all Liberty/Outback models The Outback H6 comBoot space can be increased by fully double-folding 60-40 split rear seats A roll-out cargo blind helps hide luggage from outside view Retaining nets are fitted to the front seat backs for holding smaller items The H6 comes with climate-control air-conditioning as standard Dual front airbags are standard Front side airbags are standard in H6, Heritage and Limited models The 3.0-litre engine produces 154kW at 6000rpm and 282Nm of torque at 4400rpm The Outback sits higher than the Liberty wagon on which it is based, giving an average 20mm of ground clearance The rear suspension is self-levelling to maintain a constant ride height Front suspension is by MacPherson struts An independent multi-link layout is used at the rear The Outback H6's Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system selectively applies braking power to all four wheels to eliminate understeer or oversteer The system can also control engine output to minimise wheel spin Four-speed automatic transmission is standard in the Outback H6 During straight-line driving, the torque split by the differential is 50/50 to front and rear wheels The Outback H6 has standard four-channel anti-lock braking All-wheel disc brakes, ventilated at the front, are used Power assisted rack and pinion steering is standard in the H6

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