WHAT’S NEW

Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - MOTORING -

PRICE The start­ing price is now $37,990 drive-away (base 2.0-litre, $34,600 drive-away, has been dropped, as have turbo petrol and diesel). The 2.5-litre four-cylin­der is the sole en­gine and there are more ad­vanced safety aids. The range tops out at $45,990 drive-away.

TECH Subaru’s cam­era-based AEB, able to de­tect cy­clists, pedes­tri­ans and brake lights, is stan­dard across the range. In three of the four ver­sions, a cam­era in the dash mon­i­tors the driver’s eye move­ment, a world first.

PER­FOR­MANCE The 2.5-litre gets a makeover to boost power and torque and, Subaru claims, en­hance fuel ef­fi­ciency via the CVT’s seven pre­set ra­tios, pre­vi­ously six. It runs on reg­u­lar unleaded.

DRIV­ING New de­sign from the ground up de­liv­ers big­ger foot­print and more sure-footed han­dling. Of­froad clear­ance an­gles are sharper but ride height is un­changed. Turn­ing cir­cle is ever so slightly wider but most own­ers won’t no­tice.

DE­SIGN Clean sheet en­abled Subaru to push cabin and cargo space out to the mar­gins. Even roomier, big­ger lug­gage area yet it still has a full-size spare. Qual­ity of ma­te­ri­als is su­pe­rior, as is in­fo­tain­ment (with ad­di­tion of smart­phone mir­ror­ing).

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