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Subaru Teams Up With L.L. Bean at NAIAS

Subaru of America, Inc. for 2007 is expanding the market reach of its trend-setting Outback line, the vehicle that launched the crossover category more than a decade ago. The Outback line for 2007 introduces a new value-equipped entry model, the 2.5 i Basic. In addition, the new 2.5 i L.L.Bean Edition and 2.5 i Limited L.L.Bean Edition models, featuring the 2.5 i powertrain and standard navigation system, join the 6-cylinder 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition flagship model.

All Subaru models comes standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a significant all-road, all-weather traction advantage over competitors that offer front-wheel drive as standard and make All-Wheel Drive an extra-cost option. The 6-cylinder Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition becomes the flagship model, inheriting the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability system from the discontinued 3.0 R VDC Limited. The sole turbocharged Outback model for 2007, the 2.5 XT Limited, also gains the VDC stability system. This high-performance model is now LEV 2 emissions certified, due to a new turbocharger and other engine revisions.

All Outback audio systems for 2007 feature MP3/WMA CD playback and an auxiliary audio input jack for iPods and other portable audio devices. The Outback 2.5 i Limited, 2.5 XT Limited and all L.L.Bean Edition models feature upgraded audio system with SRS® WOW technology, and all Outback audio systems offer XM Satellite Radio Capability for 2007.

A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) has been added to all Outback models for 2007 (except the new 2.5 i Basic), and all models with an automatic transmission now come factory pre-wired for a remote engine starter system. A new two-piece flexible flywheel helps make performance smoother in all Outback models equipped with a manual transmission.

The Subaru Outback has earned the highest rating in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests. The Outback received 5-star ratings in both the frontal and side-impact crash tests for both the driver and passenger seating positions. In addition, the Outback earned the highest rating (“Good”) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for front, side and rear crash tests.

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