Softening Yen unlikely to see cheaper 2015 Outback

Softening Yen unlikely to see cheaper 2015 Outback

Subaru New Zealand managing director Wallis Dumper says the loss of a Legacy station wagon from the product portfolio won’t be an issue and that the new Outback SUV range will be welcomed by current owners of the Legacy wagon.

At the Outback SUV media launch in Queenstown Dumper told the press in that retail prices for the 2015 model were still in negotiation with the factory, and all would be revealed on February 2.

When asked if the softening Yen would see cheaper prices for the new Outback SUV, Dumper says in his opinion that it was unlikely given the amount of new technology thats gone into the car, and the high level of specification.

While AutoTalk is not drawn to speculate on the potential RRP of the new Outback SUV, we would think that the softening of the Yen might mitigate dramatic price increases brought about by the better and more comprehensively equipped models.

Internationally Subaru has 13,000 back orders for the new Outback SUV and manufacturer Fuji Heavy Industries is confident that it will reach beyond customers expectations.

Dumper says that the brand is a lifestyle choice for New Zealanders.

“We are not a mainstream seller of cars, we are not scared of being a little different – we only have 2% market share locally and we don’t want to be in a fight with the two wheel drive SUV models proliferating the market.

“Our SUV is quite Kosher, there are not many places that you can’t get to in a Subaru SUV,” says Dumper

The new four and six-cylinder petrol and four-cylinder turbo diesel powered Outback SUVs will officially go on sale on February 2, 2015 when Subaru will also announce the retail pricing. The new Legacy sedan will be unveiled to the media in April next year.

Subaru New Zealand says it has focused hard on the Legacy wagon for the last 18 years to avoid the clutter and discounts of the shrinking medium and large sedan market and that the forthcoming all-wheel-drive Legacy sedan will have to find its own nice in this segment.

The company says the Legacy sedan sits nicely between the medium and large segments, and it estimates more than 15,000 Commodore and Falcon owners will be looking for a replacement in the next few years. Not all will want a pick up or an SUV as a replacement or a front-wheel-drive sedan from Ford or Holden.

“Some will want a sedan, and a all-wheel-drive sedan just might appeal,” says Subaru New Zealand.

The demise of the Legacy wagon leaves the door open for the all-wheel-drive Levorg sports tourer which is sold on the domestic market in Japan. Subaru New Zealand will bring a number of cars in for media and customer evaluation next year.

With the rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ coupe now only sold to order, the New Zealand distributor again has a 100% all-wheel-drive line up which it says is its unique selling proposition.

Despite being the oldest model in the current Subaru line-up, the Outback has seen its year to date sales increase by 15% in an SUV market that is 23% up year on year.

The Model Year 2015 Outback SUV is slightly longer, wider, and taller than the model it replaces, and all models will be shod with 18-inch alloy wheels, with the exception of the base diesel which receives a 17-inch alloy wheel as part of its specification.

Bootspace has increased from 490L to 512L, and Premium models benefit from a powered tailgate and a handle on the tailgate to hang items such a wetsuits.

There are three petrol Outback SUV models, the four-cylinder 2.5-Litre Sport and the 2.5-Litre Sport Premium, and the six-cylinder 3.6-Litre R Premium. The 2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel models are simply known as the 2.0D and the 2.0D premium.

All models are equipped with a Lineartronic transmission, a six-speed SLT unit in the petrol models and a seven-speed SLT unit in the diesels.

The Outback models all benefit from the X-mode system which integrates engine, AWD, hill descent and braking on rough roads. Premium models receive leather upholstery, sunroof, and satellite navigation as well as powered front seats, tailgate, mirrors, LED headlights, de-icing wipers and mirrors, and proximity key with push button stop/start.

For those people who want something a little bit different and special, Ivory leather trim is optional on the 3.6R Premium instead of the standard black.

Zero % finance offer across the range

In a unique marketing move, Subaru New Zealand is offering a 0% interest rate for 36 months across its entire model range, including Impreza, XV, WRX, Legacy and Outback until the end of December 2014.

The company says the offer is based on a 25% deposit of the recommended retail price with monthly repayments over 36 months.

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