Subaru Outback XT 2023 model available for order


Subaru Outback XT is coming soon. As outlined back in May this year the XT versions are a welcome addition to the range. The updated 2023 model is now available for order and first deliveries should be here before Christmas. 

MY23 Outback AWD Touring XT. Key highlights of the new model are:

  • A new to the model 2.4L turbo boxer engine that delivers a hearty 183kW of power at 5200-6000rpm and 350Nm of torque at 2000-4800rpm.
  • Obviously better performance
  • Specifically tuned suspension and revised rear differential specifications to assist with towing.
  • Improved towing capacity for XT models, up to 2400kg which is a 400kg increase on standard models.
  • Tow ball rating also increases to 240kg as well

The Outback was a winner in OzRoamer COTY awards for 2022 and the new XT models with more power and torque improve on an already excellent AWD SUV.


Alongside the announcement for the XT versions, all 2023 outback models will now have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for the first time. This is in addition to a myriad of smaller improvements.

Subaru Outback already has a number of excellent features such as the 11.6 inch central screen, best in class safety features along with the familiar Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

The Outback XT versions start from Priced from $52,190 plus the usual costs. The Outback is already outstanding value for money but the new XT versions with more power and torque for this price is stunning value.

More details and a drive review will come closer to the arrival dates.

However you can n ow order your XT outback and other 2023 models online or through your dealer now.

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Im Rob Fraser

MY23 Outback AWD Sport XT_RearModelBadge.

Subaru Outback XT more details

Responding to customer’s demands for turbocharged Outback, offering two all-new turbocharged variants – AWD Sport XT and AWD Touring XT – in the 2023 model-year Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Outback range.

  • All-new turbocharged Subaru Outback, powered by 2.4-litre direct-injection turbocharged Boxer engine, delivers more torque and greater towing capacity.
  • Entire 2023 Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Outback range comprises multiple updates to enhance user-friendliness.
  • All-new, turbocharged Subaru Outback variants, and the full 2023 Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Outback range, are now available for pre-order online or via any local Subaru Retailer.

Welcoming two all-new, turbocharged variants to the refreshed Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Subaru Outback range for the model-year 2023 (MY23), with first deliveries anticipated to commence before Christmas.

Complementing the 2.5-litre direct-injection naturally aspirated engine model that provides an excellent and reliable on-road and off-road driving experience, the more powerful 2.4-litre direct-injection turbocharged (DIT) Boxer engine has been added to the Symmetrical AWD Subaru Outback range to provide customers more power and more capability.

A perfectly engineered balance of control and power, the all-new, turbocharged Subaru Outback offerings are bound to lead grand touring enthusiasts on endless adventures.

Subaru Australia’s Managing Director, Blair Read, said: “We have heard our customer’s request for a turbocharged Outback loud and clear, so we are extremely pleased to add two all-new, turbocharged Subaru Outback variants to the MY23 Subaru Outback line-up.

“A more powerful turbocharged engine, coupled with the latest intuitive technology, impressive interior and of course the all-terrain capability of Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD, makes the Outback XT the perfect vehicle for any Australian road trip.”

2022 Subaru WRX AWD 2.4l turbo engine

Outback XT Engine

Under the bonnet, the more powerful 2.4-litre horizontally-opposed direct injection turbocharged (DIT) Boxer 4-cylinder petrol engine, delivers a hearty 183kW of power at 5200-6000rpm and 350Nm of torque at 2000-4800rpm.

Due to increased torque provided by the turbocharged engine delivered simultaneously to all four wheels by Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD, all-new Subaru Outback AWD Sport XT and Touring XT deliver greater towing capacity than naturally aspirated variants, increasing to a maximum of 2,400kg* which is certain to delight adventurous Australians who are keen to explore the country.

The entire MY23 Symmetrical AWD Subaru Outback range features multiple updates to increase user-friendliness and driver convenience. This includes, for the first time in an Australian specification Subaru vehicle, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity†.

Priced from $52,190‡, the all-new, turbocharged Subaru Outback will be available in two variants – AWD Sport XT and AWD Touring XT – both comprising a laundry list of technology and features which provide ultimate safety and driver comfort to suit Australian adventurers.

Interested customers can now pre-order their all-new Subaru Outback AWD Sport XT or Touring XT, along with the remainder of the MY23 AWD Subaru Outback range, online via or through their local Subaru Retailer.

Performance and Capability

The 2.4-litre DIT petrol Boxer engine generates powerful torque at low engine speeds, resulting in the turbo boost feeling like it comes on the instant the accelerator pedal is pressed, delivering approximately 22 per cent faster 0 to 100km/h acceleration compared to its 2.5-litre direct-injection naturally aspirated counterpart.

2018 COTY Outback 3.6 R side towing

Greater towing capacity

All-new, turbocharged Subaru Outback delivers greater towing capacity than naturally aspirated variants, increasing to a maximum of 2,400kg (an increase of 400kg).

Rear differential specifications have also been altered which help increase the towing capacity from 2,000kg to 2,400kg and lowers the final gear ratio from 3.900 to 4.111.

Additionally, copper-free material with a high coefficient of friction has been adopted for the brake pads, which also assists to increase towing capacity, and improve performance of the parking brake.

Tailored suspension tune

To suit the 2.4-litre DIT Boxer engine, the damping force of the front and rear dampers, and the spring constant of the front coil springs, have been tuned. This tuning helps deliver both driving stability and ride comfort.

Advanced Safety and Technology 

The all-new, turbocharged Subaru Outback shares specification with the well-loved Symmetrical AWD Subaru Outback range. These include but not are limited to:

  • Central information display with 11.6-inch tablet-like infotainment touchscreen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Auto Stop-Start
  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) featuring Intelligent (I) and Sport (S) mode
  • X-Mode (two mode)
  • Auto-folding door mirrors
  • Hands-free powered tailgate

Subaru Outback Safety


Continuing Subaru’s most important safety vision yet – working towards zero fatal accidents in a Subaru vehicle by the year 2030§ – all-new, turbocharged Subaru Outback comprises a full suite of advanced driver technology, and safety features to help protect both its occupants and other road users, including:

  • SRS airbags: dual front, dual front side, dual curtain, driver’s knee, and front passenger cushion
  • Subaru Vision Assist featuring:
    • Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB)
    • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
    • Eyesight® Assist Monitor
    • Front View Monitor (FVM)
    • Lane Change Assist (LCA)
    • Side View Monitor (SVM)
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
    • Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)
  • Subaru Eyesight® Assist featuring:
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Emergency Lane Keep Assist
  • Lane Centring Function
  • Lane Departure Prevention
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Sway Warning
  • Lead Vehicle Stay Alert
  • Pre-Collision Brake Assist
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Autonomous Emergency Steering
  • Brake Light Recognition
  • Intelligent Speed Limiter
  • Speed Limiter
  • Speed Sign Recognition
  • Driver Monitoring System featuring:
    • Distraction warning
    • Drowsiness warning
    • Facial recognition
    • Climate control setting (last used)
    • MID display (last used)

Outback AWD Touring XT adds:

  • Auto door mirror adjustment
  • Auto driver seat adjustment


Signalling a point of difference, all-new, turbocharged Subaru Outback exclusively feature:

  • Dual tailpipes to complement the higher performance nature of the vehicle
  • Exterior ‘XT’ badge
  • LED fog lamps with 6 LEDs to pay homage to Subaru’s six-star constellation emblem whilst also limiting power consumption.

Colour Range

An extensive range of paint colour options are available for the all-new Subaru Outback AWD Sport XT and Touring XT:

Exterior ColoursOutback AWD Sport XTOutback AWD Touring XT
Sapphire Blue Pearl
Crystal White Pearl
Ice Silver Metallic
Brilliant Bronze Metallic
Crimson Red Pearl
Storm Grey Metallic
Autumn Green Metallic
Magnetic Grey Metallic
Crystal Black Silica

MY23 Outback AWD Touring.

All MY23 AWD Subaru Outback Range Changes

(over MY22 AWD Subaru Outback range)
The entire 2023 Symmetrical AWD Subaru Outback range encompasses an assortment of updates inside the cabin to improve convenience and enhance user-friendliness.
Added features across the range include:

  • Widely used USB Type-C terminal added to front seat USB port/auxiliary input station (replacing one USB Type-A port) which has a rated output of 3.0 A, improving ease-of use and enabling quick charging of tablets and similar devices.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto added enabling connectivity while smartphones are inside a pocket or bag.
  • Manage Devices setting screen added to the ‘Phone’ tab in ‘settings’ enabling users to select and switch connected smartphones and apps to activate at start-up from a single screen.
  • Redesigned 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen for improved user friendliness including, new shortcut buttons, and updated climate control buttons and full screen Android Auto.
  • Redesigned steering wheel buttons (left and right spoke) and removal of MID steering wheel buttons.
  • Expanded voice command recognition to include:
    • Auto Start Stop
    • Lane Departure
    • Cruise Control
    • High/Medium/Low Fan Speed level settings
    • Search for closest location
    • Seat heater/seat ventilation settings
  • Altered navigation functions to allow address/point of interest searches to now be performed with a single input field.

Additional exterior change includes newly designed 18-inch wheels to enhance product styling.

MY23 Pricing‡

Outback AWD$42,690
Outback AWD Sport$47,190
Outback AWD Touring$50,990
Outback AWD Sport XT$52,190
Outback AWD Touring XT$55,990

WARRANTY: Five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty period, 12-months complimentary Subaru Roadside Assistance.

Subaru Outback AWD, Outback AWD Sport and Outback AWD Touring feature 2,000kg towing capacity with trailer brakes. Subaru Outback AWD Sport XT and Outback AWD Touring XT feature a 2,400kg towing capacity with trailer brakes and requires fitment of Electric Brake Controller if towing mass is greater than 2,000kgs and is only capable of towing a trailer with a maximum of 2 axles. Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, tow bar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations. Requires fitment of optional tow bar accessory. Refer to Owner’s Manual for towing instructions. For further information, ask your local Subaru Retailer.
† Compatible Apple® or AndroidTM device required.

‡ Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Ltd’s Manufacturer’s List Prices only and include GST but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive-away price of Subaru vehicles, consumers should be advised to contact their local authorised Subaru dealer.

§ Subaru Corporation (the Japanese manufacturer of Subaru cars) has publicly stated its aim to reduce the number of fatal accidents in a Subaru vehicle to zero by 2030 as well as the number of fatalities among pedestrians, cyclists and the like as a result of a collision with a Subaru vehicle. For more information on Subaru Corporation’s CSR initiatives visit

Subaru Outback  AWD Sport XT & Touring  XT Engine Specifications 


Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Valve mechanism
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

Direct injected, turbocharged horizontally-opposed Boxer petrol engine
2387 cc
94 x 86
DOHC with Dual AVCS
Direct Injection
183 kW/5200-6000 rpm
350 Nm/2000-4800 rpm
Euro 6b

Transmission Lineartronic CVT

Final reduction4.111

Exterior dimensions and weight

Overall length mm4870
Overall width mm1875
Overall height mm1670 (AWD Sport XT)1675 (AWD Touring XT)
Wheelbase mm2745
Track – front mm1570
Track – rear mm1600
Min. ground clearance mm213
Kerb weight kg:1743 (AWD Sport XT)1770 (AWD Touring XT)


Fuel consumption (L/100km) combined:9.0
Carbon dioxide (g/km) combined:204
Fuel tank capacity63 litres
Minimum fuel requirement:95 RON

Steering, Brakes, Tyres and Towing

SteeringElectric power assistance rack and pinion
Turning circle (metres)11.0
MacPherson strut type suspension
Double-wishbone type suspension
Brakes (mm):
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Tyres:225/60R18 100V
Rim:18-inch x7J
Towing capacity (kg):
Maximum towball download (kg):


About Rob Fraser 2486 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.