The 2023 Subaru Outback wears itself in a modified design

The 2023 Subaru Outback made its public debut at the 2022 New York International Auto Show on Wednesday with some additional body cladding and upgrades to safety features and infotainment.

All 2023 Outback models except for Wilderness get a new front fascia with large vertical pieces of unpainted cladding, a large grille and redesigned headlights and fog lights. According to Subaru, wheel-arc cladding was also changed to improve efficiency. Whether it works or not, the cladding seems to be on the rise.

2023 Subaru Outback

2023 Subaru Outback

In addition to more ragged wilderness models, the Outback lineup includes Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited and Turing trim levels. Powertrain options are unchanged, consisting of a base 2.5-liter Boxer-4 engine that produces 182 hp and 176 pound-feet of torque, and a turbocharged 2.4-liter Boxer-4 that produces 260 hp and 277 pound-feet. Both engines are equipped with a continuous variable transmission (CVT) and standard all-wheel drive.

For 2023, the Onyx version with the Base Natural Aspirated engine is available. Introduced for the 2020 model year as a premium trim level extension, it was previously only available with a turbo engine.

The 2023 Outback also receives several notable infotainment updates. The optional 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system now supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation-equipped models get what3words, which allows users to find locations without a specific address by assigning a three-word code to 10×10-foot boxes on a map.

2023 Subaru Outback

2023 Subaru Outback

Also a wide-angle mono camera as part of the new iSight driver-assist system for 2023. Available in the range-topping Turing model, it expands the field of vision beyond what can be achieved with the standard pair of forward-facing cameras, according to Subaru. Outback Turing adds a rear camera mirror.

Prices and launch times will be announced at a later date. Outback Subaru Lafayette, Indiana, Ascent, Impreza and Legacy as well as factory built.

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