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First Look: 2010 Subaru Outback

The Australian with the big knife is gone, but the Outback lives on...and on...and on.

by on Apr.09, 2009

Though the guy with the big knife and the crocodile boots is gone, the Subaru Outback remains.

Though the guy with the big knife and the crocodile boots is gone, the Subaru Outback remains.

The Australian with the crocodile boots and the big knife may be gone, but after 15 years, Subaru’s Outback is back in an entirely new skin for the 2010 model-year, making its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

The Outback has much in common with the larger and better-equipped Subaru Legacy, also making its Big Apple debut, though they’re “not quite twin brothers,” according to Subaru of America marketing chief Tim Mahoney.

Arguably the car that helped Subaru transform itself from a struggling niche contender into a serious player in the American market, Outback has captured a surprisingly loyal fan base among off-road enthusiasts and other niche audiences.

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