The latest compact SUV is to be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show April 17, 2019. What will this mean for the camping enthusiasts, off-road orienteers, and all-around Subaru enthusiasts of greater Phoenix? Little is known yet, but if two claims made by our automaker are true (and we know they are), we'll be in for quite the experience.

For one, Subaru bills 2020 Outback as the "most adventurous, most reliable, safest, best Subaru Outback ever." It qualifies that in structural retrospect by describing the crossover as one "upgraded with even more capability, space, advanced technology, and safety features." Knowing what we know of it from the current model year -- the 175-horsepower SUBARU BOXER engine, standard Subaru Symmetrical all-wheel drive, standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, three STARLINK multimedia infotainment systems, and so on -- that'll be a tall order. Needless to say, the staff here at Subaru Superstore of Surprise is pretty excited.

The experts at Motor1, however, noticed a few details in several Subaru teaser images. One, a vertical stack of LED lights in the SUV's lower fascia, diverging from its siblings. Two, the iconic protective cladding of the wagon's bumpers, fenders, and side sills, evocative of its history of rugged durability, continued. Three, a set of sleek black wheels with strikingly stylized Y-shaped spokes. Four, a roof cargo rack, suggesting in the least, we can add, roof rails, and perhaps compatibility with aftermarket cargo and organizational accessories.

All else is, of course, speculative annotation. It does leave us with a series of questions based on what we know.

  • Will 2020 Subaru Outback share with Forester its 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter, flat-four BOXER engine, not to mention the eager acceleration afforded by 176 pound-feet of torque?
  • Will 2020 Outback go high-powered with a 260-horsepower, 2.4-liter turbo engine instead, like that in Ascent?
  • Will the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission and standard Subaru Symmetrical AWD system join the lineup, just as they have across the board from the newest Crosstrek to the current Outback?
  • Other 2020 models like Legacy are getting interior overhauls, with 11.6-inch infotainment systems glimpsed on their the center stacks and their interior materials touted as even more luxurious; wouldn't a complete revamp of Outback include such an upgrade?
  • Since Outback appears in April, will it arrive at Subaru dealerships like ours here in Surprise, AZ before the end of the year? If not, we'll bet we'll see it very early in 2020.
  • Maybe the question with the widest-ranging consequences: will upcoming developments bode well for other new Subaru SUVs?

Only time will answer them. Meanwhile, you needn't forgo the Subaru experience in the here and now. Visit our showroom at 13090 North Autoshow Ave in Surprise today -- we'll be glad to put you on the books and a test drive to get your engines revving for a new model year!

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