Limited-run, with great value.
The Subaru Liberty, a well-loved player in the mid-sized saloon car segment, has just received an addition to its two-engine three-tier lineup. The Liberty S-Edition now nestles between the 2.5i-Premium and 3.6R, and offers visual upgrades over the former model at a relatively keen price.
With prices at $38,240, it’s a small $2000 walk up from the standard 2.5i-Premium, that’s easily justified by the visual upgrades that Subaru’s decided to throw at it. Limited to just 100 units, the Liberty S-Edition makes no mechanical changes to the existing 2.5i-Premium, so there’s still a 2.5-litre Boxer petrol engine producing 129kW & 235Nm, sending power to all four wheels via the brand’s Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission.
Visual changes are few, but enough to make an impact. There are 18” wheels, a mesh grille, an STI lower splitter, and some tinted glass. The changes in the cabin are even fewer, limited to just an STI shifter and S-Edition branded carpets. Aesthetic revisions are rounded up by a smattering of ’S-Edition’ badges on the exterior, to ensure that everyone knows you don’t drive a vanilla-variant Liberty.
The Liberty S-Edition joins Liberty and Outback Fleet Edition variants on the showroom floor, with the latter two models aimed specifically at fleet buyers. The changes to these models are even fewer still, with the spec lists identical to base-model 2.5i variants, but carry the addition of satellite navigation at a premium of $520 and $535 for the Liberty and Outback respectively.