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The seventh generation Subaru Liberty has been debuted at the 2019 Chicago motor show.

The engine on the base model will be a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer with 136kW of power and 239Nm of torque with a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) of 8.4 seconds.

The next models will see a new 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer with 194kW of power and 376Nm of torque with a 0-60mph time of 6.1 seconds.

Both engines will use a continuously variable transmission, automatic engine stop/start and a torque vectoring all-wheel drive system.

The interior sees major upgrades, along with improved design and materials, the top-end models will have 11.6-inch touchscreen display for both infotainment and climate control systems. With the lower models getting two 7.0-inch touchscreens, one for infotainment and one for the climate control systems.

Optional extras will include Nappa leather, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 12-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio system, satellite navigation, Wi-Fi hot spot with LTE mobile internet connectivity, the Starlink emergency and concierge service, heated and ventilated front seats depending on the model.

Safety features will include a 180-degree front-view camera system, driver fatigue monitoring, steering-responsive LED headlamps, blind-spot monitoring, autonomous braking in reverse, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance.

Subaru also claims the new car’s body is capable of absorbing 40 per cent more energy in front and side crashes.

The 2020 Liberty will arrive in US Subaru dealers in the 3rd quarter of 2019, with Australia likely being closer to the new year. Pricing to be announced closer to arrival date.


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