1 Sep 2003
By CHRIS HARRIS
The fourth-generation Liberty is evolutionary, with nicely conceived, slightly larger packaging, tasteful presentation and even more refinement that makes it better to drive and more spacious.
On top of that, it’s lighter yet stronger, and more aerodynamic, making the Mk4 bigger, faster, cleaner, safer (scoring an ENCAP five-star rating) and more frugal. GX, RX, Heritage and B4 model varieties are dumped for (mostly) engine size-based nomenclature: 2.0i, 2.5i, and 3.0R, with GT banishing the B4.
The Outlander remains a slightly jacked-up, more purpose-built SUV-like version of the Liberty.
The four-cylinder boxer engines are: 101kW/187Nm 2.0, 121kW/226Nm 2.5 and 180kW/310Nm turbo 2.0 GT, with all but the latter four-speed auto or five-speed manual.
The GT’s auto is a five-speed unit, as is the unit found in the 180kW/297Nm 3.0-litre H6 boxer six-cylinder engine found in the Outback 3.0R and – from August ’04 – Liberty 3.0R cars.
The six-cylinder Liberty models also offer a six-speed manual, called 3.0RB. Minor specification and trim changes occurred in August ’04, with a five-speed manual made an option on the GT and Outback 3.0R ranges.
The Road to Recovery podcast series
11th of June 2004
Subaru 2003 Outback 3.0R 5-dr wagon
Subaru blesses its new Outback AWD wagon with six-cylinder power
When it was new
11th of January 2006
Subaru sharpens Outback offer
Subaru releases the limited-edition Outback 2.5i Luxury, with $4440 of extra value
31st of October 2003
First drive: 3.0R Outback challenges Euros
Subaru completes its Outback line-up with the exclusive 3.0-litre flat-six engine