The last Subaru Liberty has been revealed.

    The 2021 Liberty Final Edition will farewell the nameplate in Australia after 31 years and six generations.

    Just 31 will be offered up for sale: 15 in Magnetite Grey with black wheels, 10 in Crystal Black with silver wheels, and six in Crystal White with gunmetal wheels.

    Priced at $39,390 before on-road costs, the Final Edition is $1990 more expensive than the standard Liberty 2.5i Premium but gains $6400 in extra standard equipment.

    Extras include:

    • 18-inch STI alloy wheels
    • STI front lip spoiler
    • Rear boot lip spoiler
    • Mesh front grille
    • Unique internal badging
    • Harman Kardon sound system
    • Suede seat and interior inserts
    • Black interior highlights
    • Black exterior highlights

    Power in the Liberty Final Edition comes from the same 2.5-litre flat-four petrol engine used elsewhere in the range, developing the same 129kW of power and 235Nm of torque. It’s all-wheel drive, and features a CVT transmission.

    Subaru has sold 153,700 Liberty models in Australia since its 1989 launch.

    Though the Liberty has been a segment stalwart and has been consistently offered here since 1989, the mid-sized segment has experienced more turbulence than some other passenger car segments.

    While the Camry has always been a strong seller, the segment has often found itself squeezed by increasingly comfortable small cars from below and, in the past, good-value large cars from above.

    In recent years, however, the pressure has come almost entirely from the mid-sized SUV segment.

    The Liberty leaves an enduring legacy, pun intended. Incidentally, we were the only market to use the Liberty nameplate as Subaru Australia changed the name due to the existence of Legacy Australia, which supports the dependents of deceased Australian service personnel.

    The name change had a ripple effect as Jeep was then unable to use the Liberty name for the KJ Cherokee.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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