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Motor Image has officially launched the 2015 Subaru Outback in Malaysia. An outdoorsy estate derivative of the 2015 Legacy, the Outback sports the sedan’s hawk-eye headlamps and trapezoidal grille, while adding black body mouldings and roof rails with integrated retractable crossbars.

Only one variant is available for now – the 2.5i-S. Under the bonnet lurks a 2.5 litre ‘Boxer’ flat-four that develops 175 PS at 5,800 rpm and 235 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is connected to a Lineartronic CVT with six virtual ratios.

Of course, there’s Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD, and it’s enhanced with X-Mode for all-terrain performance (activates hill descent control), as well as Active Torque Vectoring for sharper cornering. There’s also SI-Drive, which offers Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp modes to choose from.

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On the outside, you’ll see self-levelling LED headlamps, 18-inch alloys wrapped in 225/60 rubber and a sunroof. There’s also an Active Grille Shutter in the lower intake, which automatically opens or closes to aid cooling or improve aerodynamics and thus, fuel economy.

Interior equipment includes auto headlamps and wipers, keyless entry and start, auto dual-zone air-con (with rear vents), cruise control, voice recognition, shift paddles, eight-way power-adjustable front leather seats (with lumbar for driver) and an electronic parking brake.

The seven-inch touch-screen incorporates Bluetooth, a reverse camera and Harman Kardon Green Edge sound through 12 speakers. AUX and USB are available, too. Open the power tailgate and you’ll find a 1,801 litre cargo area, as well as 60:40-split folding and reclining back seats.

Measuring 4,815 mm long, 1,840 mm wide and 1,675 mm tall, the Subaru Outback sits on a 2,745 mm wheelbase. The suspension is a front-MacPherson strut, rear-double wishbone with stabiliser bar affair, and there are ventilated disc brakes all round.

The safety arsenal consists of ABS, EBD, front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, VDC stability control, Isofix and hill start assist.

Fully-imported (CBU) from Japan, the Subaru Outback 2.5i-S is priced at RM224,846, OTR with insurance and GST. Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Platinum Grey Metallic, Lapis Blue Pearl and Tungsten Metallic body colours are available. A five-year/100,000 km factory warranty is included.