Subaru Introduces Two New Six-Cylinder Outback Wagon Models For 2001
20 April 2000Subaru Introduces Two New Six-Cylinder Outback Wagon Models For 2001
Outback H6-3.0 VDC Features Advanced New Type of All-Wheel Drive; Outback H6-3.0 L.L.Bean Edition Is Centerpiece of New Marketing Partnership NEW YORK, April 20 Subaru of America, Inc., the company that pioneered the concept of the passenger car/sport-utility hybrid vehicle and invented the World's First Sport-Utility Wagon(R), has introduced two new superbly equipped six-cylinder models to its trend-setting Outback line for 2001. The Outback H6-3.0 VDC model and the Outback H6-3.0 L.L.Bean Edition debut an all-new 3.0-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine and raise the level of comfort above the Outback Limited. The Outback H6-3.0 VDC -- flagship of the Subaru model line for 2001 -- introduces Variable Torque Distribution All-Wheel Drive, the most advanced All-Wheel Drive system Subaru has ever offered in the United States. The Outback H6-3.0 VDC also introduces the U.S. market's first factory installation of a premium car stereo system by McIntosh Audio. Famous for its high-end home audio equipment, McIntosh Audio brings a new level of mobile sound to the auto industry. The 2001 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 L.L.Bean Edition is the first vehicle offered as part of a multi-year strategic marketing partnership between Subaru of America and the renowned retailer of active-lifestyle clothing and equipment. The agreement makes Subaru the official car of L.L.Bean and L.L.Bean the official outfitter to Subaru. The Outback H6-3.0 L.L.Bean Edition embodies the outdoor spirit and sense of adventure made famous by this Maine-based outfitter. Exclusive identification and comfort features include two-tone beige/brown leather trimmed seats embossed with the L.L.Bean insignia, an "L.L.Bean Edition" badge on each front fender, and floor mats embroidered with the L.L.Bean logo. The new Outback H6-3.0 models will compete with the Audi A4 Avant Quattro 2.8, the Volkswagen Passat 4Motion wagon, and the Volvo V70 XC Cross Country. The new aluminum six-cylinder engine that powers both new Outback H6-3.0 models features double-overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. The high-output powerplant produces 212 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 210 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,400 rpm -- 30 percent more power than the 2.5-liter H-4 engine used in other Outback models. A variable intake manifold and a dual-stage muffler help optimize power delivery throughout the engine speed range. Standard safety equipment in the Outback H6-3.0 models includes three-point seatbelts for all five seating positions, four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS), dual front airbags and front seat side impact airbags.* A new dual-stage front airbag on the passenger side determines the correct deployment strength depending on the severity of an impact. The front three-point seatbelts feature electrically triggered pre-tensioners with force limiters. These work together to gradually restrain the occupants and absorb the impact energy of a frontal collision. Both Outback H6-3.0 models are equipped with the Subaru 4EAT four-speed automatic transmission but feature different versions of the Subaru All-Wheel Driving System. The Outback H6-3.0 VDC comes equipped with Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) All-Wheel Drive, plus a new stability system called Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC). The VTD system splits the power 45 percent front/55 percent rear under most conditions. The slight rear bias enhances the performance driving feel, and VTD responds to road and driving conditions to direct more power to the wheels that need it most. A new four-wheel electronic traction control system (TCS) adds an extra margin of driving safety without impeding All-Wheel Drive operation. The VDC stability system helps keep the car going where the driver is steering it by detecting and correcting understeer (front-wheel drift) or oversteer (rear-wheel drift). The system uses split-second braking on individual wheels to make corrections, and can also reduce engine power to restore stability. The Outback H6-3.0 L.L.Bean Edition is equipped with Active All-Wheel Drive, the system currently used in other automatic transmission-equipped Subaru vehicles. An electronically controlled hydraulic transfer clutch can direct power to the wheels that need it even before slippage occurs. Standard comfort equipment in the Outback H6-3.0 VDC includes automatic climate control with an ambient temperature gauge, an eight-way power driver's seat, rear-seat center armrest, plus a distinctive mahogany wood and leather steering wheel designed by Momo. The Outback L.L.Bean Edition shares the interior comfort features of the Outback H6-3.0 VDC model, without the McIntosh Audio stereo system. The L.L.Bean Edition adds an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated digital compass, an air filtration system, and a standard security system. Heavy-duty four-wheel independent raised suspension, a generous 7.3 inches of ground clearance and 225/60 R16 Firestone Wilderness tires on new-design 16-inch x 6.5-inch alloy wheels give both Outback H6-3.0 models recreational off-road capability. Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 franchised dealers across the United States. All Legacy and Outback models sold in the U.S. are produced at the company's manufacturing plant, Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc., near Lafayette, Indiana. * Always wear seat belts. Children should be properly restrained in the rear seat.