FORT BRAGG, Calif. — The redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback crossover keeps the exterior similar to the model it replaces. But underneath the skin is a new approach to the vehicle's structure.
The redesign put Subaru's best-selling U.S. model onto the automaker's global platform, following the Impreza, Crosstrek, Ascent, Forester, Crosstrek Hybrid and Legacy. The change introduced the use of a full inner-frame construction, an approach Subaru has also used on the Legacy.
As a result, "The body is much stronger and quieter," Yoichi Hori, Outback project general manager, told Automotive News during the model's media introduction here. "That affects everything: crash performance, handling performance and [noise, vibration and harshness]. The biggest changing point is the body structure."