Subaru has given its well-regarded Outback a face-lift for the 2014 model year, and made available the option of a diesel engine with CVT automatic gearbox for the first time.

The Outback now wears body-coloured body cladding in place of the previous model’s black plastic.

There are subtle changes to the headlights, the front fog lights are now larger, and two new colours have been added – Deep Sea Blue Pearl and Dark Grey Metallic.  The alloy wheels also now have a gunmetal finish.

The interior features revisions to some of the materials, while the instruments have been repositioned and made clearer.

The 2014 Outback also boasts improvements to its ride and handling with a number of revised suspension components and an updated version of Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control system.

For the first time, the diesel models are now available with the option of the company’s Lineartronic (CVT) continuously variable transmission.

This pairing is capable of returning 44.8 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 166 g/km of CO2, placing it in VED Band H (£285 for the first year, £200 pa thereafter).

Also new is an additional trim level – SX – with 17-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, HID headlights, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, sports seats and rear vision camera, among other goodies.

The 2014 Subaru Outback goes on sale in the UK from 1st November, with prices starting from £29,995.