The Subaru Outback has always been a left-of-center contender in the midsize crossover-SUV space. It’s more of a tall wagon than an upright sport-utility vehicle, with plenty of ground clearance and lots of space inside. We like the Outback because it thinks slightly outside the box. And the brand-new 2020 Outback that debuts at the New York Auto Show this week offers updates that broaden the model’s appeal without straying from that charming formula.For starters, the 2020 Outback now rides on Subaru’s global platform, which underpins the Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza and redesigned 2020 Legacy, the latter of which largely forms the basis for this redesigned wagon. The new Outback isn’t much larger than its predecessor, but Subaru says the structure is significantly stiffer than before. Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V New York Auto Show 2019 Subaru Subaru Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 46 Photos May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Crossovers Wagons Share your voice • 2020 Subaru Outback is as ruggedly handsome as ever 2019 Subaru Ascent review On the powertrain front, the big news is the return of a turbocharged engine option. In its higher XT trims, the Outback uses the 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four engine from the Ascent and Legacy, tuned to produce 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a continuously variable transmission, Subaru estimates fuel economy numbers of 23 miles per gallon city and 30 mpg highway with this engine, plus the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds.Non-XT models will use Subaru’s 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine, with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. This engine is slightly more efficient, with Subaru estimating fuel economy of 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. As with the turbo engine, the 2.5-liter H4 is paired with a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive.Subaru says the 2020 Outback has a number of improved suspension components that ought to make it more enjoyable to drive. Should you want to venture off the beaten path, the Outback offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance — the same as before — and all models get the company’s X-Mode function with hill-descent control.Enlarge ImageThe highlight of the interior is a new, 11.6-inch touchscreen. Steven Pham/Roadshow Inside, the new Outback gets a massive tech upgrade, by way of the 11.6-inch, portrait-oriented infotainment display, which is standard on all but the base trim level. This new touchscreen runs an updated version of the automaker’s Starlink infotainment system, with optional TomTom-based navigation and a new app called Chimani (which kind of sounds like a granola-based snack), which gives detailed information about all 417 national parks in the US — how appropriately Subaru.Whether you get the big touchscreen or opt for the base model, every 2020 Outback comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth audio and over-the-air updates. All Outbacks also come with Subaru’s EyeSight safety tech, which includes adaptive cruise control and lane-centering tech. LED headlights, reverse automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, a head-up display and a front-view camera are all available as options, or bundled into higher trim levels.Otherwise, the Outback’s interior isn’t radically larger than before, though Subaru says it’s a lot quieter, with better overall materials. The Outback has 75.7 cubic feet of space behind the front seats — about the same as other midsize crossovers — and can be had with a hands-free power liftgate. Instead of kicking your foot under the bumper like on many cars with this tech, the Outback’s system activates when you wave a hand (or arm, if you’re carrying grocery bags) in front of the Subaru logo on the hatch.Enlarge ImageThe Outback offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Steven Pham/Roadshow For the extra rugged among us, Subaru offers the Onyx Edition Outback, which starts with the second-from-base Premium trim, and adds water-repellant seat material, unique 18-inch wheels and the turbocharged 2.4-liter engine. The Onyx Edition also gets a hands-free power liftgate, front-view camera and a dual-mode X-Mode drive setting.The Onyx Edition XT is one of several 2020 Outback models, including Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Limited XT and Touring XT. Pricing for all of these models will be announced when the Outback arrives in Subaru dealers this fall.Originally published April 17, 8:30 a.m. PT. Tags See All reading • 2020 Subaru Outback brings new tech and turbo power to New York 2 Comments 2020 Subaru Legacy first drive: It’s what’s inside that counts More From Roadshow New York Auto Show 2019
Rail Budget 2015: Railways to See ₹8.5 Lakh Crore Investment over Next Five Years, Says Rail MinisterPrime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s Rail Budget saying it is a forward looking, futuristic and passenger centric budget, having a combination of clear vision and a definite plan to achieve it.”#RailBudget2015 is a forward looking, futuristic & passenger centric budget, combining a clear vision & a definite plan to achieve it,” Modi tweeted after Prabhu presented his Budget for fiscal year 2015-16 on Thursday.He further tweeted calling this Rail Budget “a watershed moment for Railways,marking a paradigm shift from discussing coaches & trains to comprehensive railway reform”.”I am particularly delighted that for the 1st time there is a concrete vision for technology upgradation & modernisation of the Railways,” Modi said in his tweet.Rail Budget lays out a clear roadmap to make the Railways the key driver of India’s economic growth & playing a key role in India’s progress— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 26, 20151:14 pm: We will transform the vision of Indian Railways.1:13 pm: IRCTC will work on Kisan Yatra, a special travel scheme.1:12 pm: Self employment particularly for women.Skill development and self employment to be encouraged on Konkan Rly model1:12 pm: A mechanism for making regulations, setting performance standards and tariffs to be setup1:11 pm: Stress on water harvesting system.1000MV Solar plants to be set-up by developers on Rly/Pvt. Land and on Rly Building at own cost1:07 pm: ₹2000 cr for Coastal Connectivity Program; ₹2500 cr through BOT/Annuity route. 1000 MW Solar plant; 100 DEMUs to dual fuel1:06 pm: Speedy construction of Railway lines to connect J&K 1:05 pm: Plan size increased by 52%; 41.6% GBS; 17.8% internal generation1:02 pm: Railways is resource-tight. We are limited to Finance Ministry for funds. We should be able to generate resource through PPP. 1:01 pm: Framework to facilitate private investment has been readied. Major public sector companies to help meet requirements of new lines12:59 pm: Expansion of Railway network in rural areas12:57 pm: Research centre at IIT-BHU for Railway technology in the name of Madan Mohan Malaviya 12:54 pm: ₹6581 crore has been sanctioned for projects to ensure safety at 970 ROB or RUBs Corporate safety Plans; ISRO to be involved; 3438 level crossings to be eliminated, Railway expense increased by 2600%12:52 pm: Action plans will be ready by April to ensure safety at unmanned level crossings 12:50 pm: 9 hi-speed corridors, high speed trains, Make in India opportunities: Prabhu12:47 pm: Private freight terminals reviewing of Wagon Leasing Scheme, Special Freight Operator Train , Private Freight Terminal schemes under process; automatic freight rebate system launched and to be expanded: Prabhu12:46 pm: Railway connectivity for North Eastern State and J&K – ongoing process major thrust12:43 pm: Will stress on fast track highest priority works. Investment 84% higher; 77 new projects -Doubling, tripling/quadrupling/ electrification. Debottlenecking – traffic facility works – 100% more funds allocated: Prabhu12:42 pm: Wi-Fi services will be made available at 400 stations. Satellite terminals at 10 major cities12:38 pm: 67% more funds allotted for passenger amenities. ₹120 crore provided for lifts and escalators to facilitate movements. Train sets, saving 20% journey time within next 2 years12:37 pm: Lifts and escalators planned at special stations for elderly, differently-abled passengers and patientsWhere to Watch Rail Budget 2015 Live 12:36 pm: Will focus on interior and exterior design of coaches. NID is being consulted for designsCollaboration with NIFT and NID for better bed rolls, inner coach designs12:35 pm: Facility for online booking of wheelchair for senior citizens, differently-abled and patients at select stations. Food can be booked online with IRCTC services12:34 pm: SMS alert on mobile, customer portal promoting digital India campaign12:31 pm: Water vending machines will be installed in stations. Clean water will be available at low cost12:30 pm: Automatic ticket vending machines running on pilot basis at a few stations: Prabhu. Unreserved ticket purchase made simpler through smart phones and debit cards.12:29 pm: Nirbhaya Funds to be used to ensure safety of women passengers, 24-hour toll-free Helpline Number 182 to be started from 1 March to ensure Safety and Railways helpline number 138 will also be active.Surveillance cameras on select mainline and ladies compartments will be installed.12:27 pm: Railways is your travelling home, please keep it clean: Prabhu to passengers12:27 pm: Toilets facility needs improvement. vacuum toilets to be introduced: Prabhu12:26 pm: No fare hikes. Air-conditioned coaches for suburban trains. Now passengers will be able to book tickets 120 days in advance instead of 60 days Stress on cleanliness. We propose to create new department to keep our stations and trains clean: Prabhu12:52 pm: Bringing in transparency to ensure passengers do not have to go through troubles at stations: Prabhu12:23 pm: Need to harness the skills of our personnel with proper training: Prabhu12:22 pm: Will increase annual freight capacity from 1 billion to 1.5 billion : Prabhu12:21 pm: Will partner with multinational market and private sector for improving infrastructure sector: Prabhu12:20 pm: Will work closely with states for development of Indian Railways. We will increase investments in IR to create jobs: Prabhu12:19 pm: PM Narendra Modi’s Make in India, Swachh Bharat, Skill Development vision to be focused in Rail Budget: Prabhu12:18 pm: Goal 1 – Customer experience to receive a huge boost, Goal 2 – Safer Travel, Goal 3 -Modernise infrastructure; Goal 4- Indian Railways- Financially self-sustainable12:16 pm: Public transport needs to be made comfortable: Prabhu12:14 pm: “492 section of IR -running at a capacity of more than 100%; 228 running between 80-100%,” Ministry of Railways.12:13 pm: Chronic underinvestment has led to poor development of Indian Railways: Prabhu12:12 pm: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu presents Rail Budget in Lok Sabha11:39 am: Prabhu reaches Parliament to present his maiden Rail Budget for the fiscal year 2015-1611:28 am: Prabhu leaves Rail Bhavan to present the Budget in Parliament#RailBudget2015 pic.twitter.com/pmM4t7JMNU— Money Bhaskar (@money_bhaskar) February 26, 201510:30 am: The budget will set the direction of long and difficult road of reform: Prabhu tells DD, hours before the Budget session10:24 am: Opposition said they will not allow the Rail Budget session to take place if Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu does not apologise for his remark10:22 am: Opposition parties have launched a protest against Naidu’s “self-introspect” comment on Congress. All the opposition parties have jointly complained to the SpeakerReferring to Rahul Gandhi’s leave for a few weeks to introspect on party’s political scenario, Naidu had asked Congress to “self-introspect” on its failure in politics one after the other. His comment had enraged the opposition parties10:09 am: New lines for Jammu & Kashmir is likely to be seen in Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu’s budget to be presented at around 12 pm on Thursday10:05 am: Prabhu is likely to announce launch of bullet trains and there is possibility of changes in fare of tatkal tickets, according to news reportsPutting the final touches to #RailBudget2015 : MR @sureshpprabhu.! pic.twitter.com/vCEDhz8lga— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) February 25, 2015Prabhu is all set to present BJP government’s first full-fledged Rail Budget for the fiscal year 2015-16, which will be influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative and Swachh Bharat Mission and may also focus on private investment to boost the revenues.The cash-strapped Railways is in great need of financial assistance to complete its pending projects. The Railways sanctioned ₹1,57,883 crore for 676 projects, of which only 317 have been completed and 359 lies pending. The remaining projects need a sum of ₹1,82,000 crore, reported PTI.In the wake of financial crunch within the Ministry, Prabhu has decided to introduce nearly 100 new trains this year, unlike every other financial year when it launches about 150 to 180 new trains.And some of the new trains that will be launched will be for the lines that are strategically crucial. It has also decided not to reduce the ticket fares this year despite lowering cost of fuel. In their maiden budget last year, Modi government increased the fares by 14.2% and freight by 6.5%.Read in Detail about 2015 Railway Budget”No fare reduction” might not come as good news for commuters, but no hike will sure come as relief for them all as the high prices at all sectors have already taken a toll on salaried class’ economical situation.The Ministry has taken all these measures to avoid the national transporter’s finances from shrinking further. Apart from making curtailment, the Railway Ministry has recommended new fund-raising models to give boost to revenues by introducing new trains carrying labels of popular brands and commercial products.Apart from that, a few trains will be named after big brands like Haldiram Express and Coca Cola Express. Prabhu may also propose to allow private investment in the Railways during the Rail Budget session on 26 February.Keeping with Modi’s Swachh Bharat mission, Prabhu will stress on bio-toilets on trains and stations while presenting the budget during the session.He will also try to live up to the “Make in India” initiative and announce plans for manufacturing coaches to run at a 200 km per hour speed at its Chennai facility. Rail Minister will also propose redevelopment of about 100 stations, converting empty spaces on stations into marketing complex.Modi’s IT-friendly vision is also said to influence the 2015-16 budget as Prabhu is planning introduction of Wi-FI services on trains and the use of radio-frequency identification to track wagons, coaches and locomotives.Prabhu is likely to introduce projects for solar-powered coaches, platforms and stations. Also, National Institute of Design (NID) is likely to be handed over the projects in order to improve the interiors of the coaches.(Source: PTI, Ministry of Railways & Reuters)
Congress leader Ajay Rai will face Narendra Modi in Varanasi.Putting all speculations to rest, the Congress party on Thursday, April 25, fielded Ajay Rai from Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh to contest the general election against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ajay Rai had contested unsuccessfully with only 75,000 votes against PM Modi in 2014 election.The Congress also fielded Madhusudan Tiwari from Gorakhpur against BJP’s actor-turned-politician Ravi Kishan.The development came hours before PM Modi’s roadshow in the temple state. The Prime Minister will hold a mega roadshow that will begin at 3 pm, a day ahead of filing his nomination from Varanasi. Twitter/@INCIndiaEarlier, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that she would be happy to contest the Lok Sabha 2019 elections from Varanasi parliamentary constituency to take on Prime Minister Modi if her brother Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tells her to.Speculations had been rife about Priyanka Gandhi contesting the national election from Varanasi after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi stated, “I will leave you in suspense. Suspense is not always a bad thing.”Priyanka Gandhi joined politics in January this year and was given charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, which includes Varanasi.Did you know?Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor, also contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat and was defeated. PM Narendra Modi won from the Varanasi seat with over 5 lakh votes.Varanasi will go to polls in the last phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections i.e. on May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.
Indian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian shares posted their third weekly rise on Friday, helped by stable world markets and strong macro economic data, coupled with easing inflation.On Friday, the Sensex closed 0.27 percent or 91.52 points higher at 34,192.65 points, its highest close since 28 February. The National Stock Exchange’s 50-share Nifty ended 0.21 percent or 21.95 points higher at 10,480.60 points, its highest close since 27 February.Risk appetite got a boost after factory output grew at a robust 7.1 percent in February, while retail inflation decelerated for the fourth consecutive month to 4.28 percent in March, building optimism that the the economy may be on a sustained recovery path.Going ahead, the quarterly report card of Indian companies is expected to provide cues to the market.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 Index fell 0.3 percent to 2,656.30, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 123 points, or 0.5 percent as political and trade tensions continued to weigh on the market.The investors are focusing on political turmoil surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump, potential military activity in Syria and trade tensions between the U.S. and China. On Thursday, President Donald Trump expressed optimism on trade deal with China and hinted that the U.S. may rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal.Back home on the currency front, the Indian rupee on Friday closed marginally higher against U.S. dollar, tracking gains in the local equity market.The partially convertible rupee closed at 65.22 against U.S. dollar, up 0.06 percent from its Thursday’s close of 65.26.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 2 percent, while foreign investors have bought $1.92 billion and $504.60 million in equity and debt markets, respectively.Here’s what to watch in the coming days.InfosysShares of software major Infosys will react to its fourth-quarter results declared after market hours on Friday.Infosys posted inline results on Friday, but lowered its operating margin band to 22-24 percent for 2018-19. Net profit declined 28.2 percent to $571 million in the March quarter, from $796 million in October-December.EarningsACC will declare its first-quarter results on Wednesday. IndusInd Bank and Tata Consultancy Services will announce their fourth-quarter results on Thursday. In the U.S., Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley will unveil results. Netflix, CSX, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric and Honeywell are among the other companies slated to report results next week.Macro dataOn macro front, the government will announce inflation data based on wholesale price index (WPI) for March on Monday. Wholesale prices rose by 2.48 percent year-on-year in February 2018, after a 2.84 percent increase in the prior month.Global cuesOn the global front, China will announce first-quarter GDP annual growth rate on Tuesday. Japanese industrial production data for February will be declared on Tuesday while inflation data for March will be announced on Friday.Fed aheadAtlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic, San Francisco president John Williams, Fed governor Randal Quarles, New York Fed president Bill Dudley and Cleveland Fed president Loretta Mester — all monetary policy-setting members of the Federal Open Market Committee — will be speaking next week.The Fed also releases its Beige Book, a collection of anecdotal evidence on the health of the US economy across its 12 regional districts.
Urban fashion store DTLR partnered with City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the Ewing Brand to host a “3-on-3” basketball tournament on June 19. The event was hosted at Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore and was held to uplift the community following the turmoil caused by the city’s uprisings. Attendees included members of the community and DTLR Radio personalities. The Baltimore Hawks team won the championship after defeating Let it Fly 11-9. Following the win, each teammate took home a $250 check.