CANBERRA: Subaru’s new Liberty has touched down in Australia this week, bringing significant improvements in value, plus fuel efficiency and safety gains for the sixth-generation of the mid-size model. Now available as a sedan only for the first time in the Liberty’s 25-year history in Australia, Subaru has also trimmed the number of model variants down from five to three. The price-leading Liberty 2.5i is now $3,000 cheaper, priced from $29,990. The mid-spec 2.5i Premium is now $35,490, a reduction of $4,000. The top 3.6R has seen its cost reduce by a full $14,000 to $41,990.
These reduced prices does not mean Subaru has skimped on features however, with Subaru adding their EyeSight driver assistance technology and efficiency-boosting engine start/stop technology.The new body design has also increased the Liberty’s boot capacity by 17 litres to 493 litres.Like it’s Outback SUV stablemate, the new Liberty achieved the highest ANCAP crash test scores by a Subaru to date on its way to a maximum five-star safety rating.The 2015 Liberty gains an updated multimedia system, with a 6.2-inch touchscreen controlling the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium’s six-speaker audio system, along with iPod/USB/aux/Bluetooth connectivity.