Subaru has presented its next-generation infotainment system in the latest version of the Outback SUV. The system utilizes an 11.6in touchscreen and sees the removal of all physical buttons from the user interface.
The touchscreen, which can be operated like a tablet, acts as a central control element for all important functions, from infotainment to the Eyesight assistance systems and navigation, through to air-conditioning and the heated front seats. The touchscreen is also networked with the digital instrument display behind the steering wheel, creating a large vertical display that provides all the important information directly to the driver.
In addition to DAB+, the integrated audio system includes smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top equipment specifications include a premium system from Harman/Kardon with CD player and 10 speakers including a subwoofer.
Subaru has made use of a tile layout UI that will be familiar to smartphone users. A status bar and the current playback options are displayed at the top of the screen, with the various apps or the map view of the navigation system located below, depending on the operating mode. Shortcuts can be used to access functions such as telephony and navigation, and the various apps can be adjusted and moved as required. Users can also create a profile in the system so that they always have the desired setup, which can include the seat and exterior mirror position.