The 2018 Subaru Outback has been officially launched in Malaysia, and with it comes the brand’s long-awaited EyeSight suite of driver assist systems. If you want one, there’s just one CBU variant – 2.5i-S EyeSight – and you’ll have to fork out RM246,188.40 (OTR without insurance), but TC Subaru notes that this price includes a simulated 10% sales and service tax (SST) in anticipation of its return.

Under the bonnet, you’ll find a a 2.5 litre boxer four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 175 PS at 5,800 rpm and 235 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. As is customary with Subaru, drive goes to all four wheels through a Lineartronic CVT and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

Other mechanical revisions involve the dampers that now employ the Stablex-Ride system to provide better ride quality with less body roll. The brand’s X-Mode and SI Drive functions, also found on the XV and Forester, remains in the Outback, optimising control of the powertrain to safely drive over a wide range of terrain.

Visually, the new Outback gains a wider hexagonal grille (with active shutters) and redesigned LED headlamps with C-shaped LED daytime running lights. A reprofiled front bumper is another part of the update along with a new design for the 18-inch alloy wheels (wrapped with 225/60 profile tyres).

Inside, the dashboard layout remains reassuringly similar although improved materials are used for the trim and in other areas. A few USB power ports in the back centre console and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system have also been added. The latter comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, with a Harman Kardon sound system to boot.

The rest of the equipment list includes keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, 60:40 split-folding and reclining rear seats, powered tailgate with PIN code access, power sliding sunroof, paddle shifters and an eight-way powered seats with memory function for the driver.

On to safety, and the big ticket item here is the EyeSight suite of systems that features adaptive cruise control, lane sway and departure warning, pre-collision braking system, pre-collision throttle management and lead vehicle start alert.

To go along with EyeSight, the Outback also features Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, front and side view monitors, Vehicle Dynamics Control, steering responsive headlights, seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee), blind spot monitor, hill start assist and Active Torque Vectoring.

Along with the existing colour scheme, there are now three new finishes to choose from, which are Wilderness Green Metallic, Crimson Red Pearl and Oak Brown Pearl. A five-year manufacturer warranty and free service labour package come as standard.