Subaru unveils new Legacy

ANDREW MACLEAN
Last updated 07:43 10/02/2014

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Subaru has revealed full details of its next-gen Legacy at the Chicago motor show following leaked images hitting the web earlier this week.

The Japanese brand says it has focused on improving quality, dynamics and interior space with the sixth-generation of its mid-sized sedan, as well as introducing a suite of new features.

While it rides on the same 2750mm wheelbase as the current car, the new model is slighter longer (up 50mm), wider (up 60mm) and marginally lower (down 5mm) and brings it in line with the new WRX in showcasing Subaru's new design language which, as it did with the pocket rocket, is much more conservative than the swoopy concept that was revealed at the 2013 Los Angeles motor show.

Subaru has confirmed the Legacy will initially be available with a choice, in US specifications at least, of two horizontally-opposed engine options, both of which will drive its all-wheel drive system through a CVT automatic. The first is a mildly-upgraded version of the 2.5-litre four cylinder that produces 130kW and 236Nm (up 3kW and 1Nm respectively) with improved mid-range pulling power while the range-topper is powered by an unchanged 3.6-litre six-cylinder that delivers 190kW, although torque has been reduced from 350Nm to 335Nm to ensure the CVT's long-term durability.

Subaru says it has increased the body's stiffness for better noise insulation and dynamic qualities, allowing for a revised suspension and steering set-up that promotes more agile driving qualities while maintaining a comfortable ride.

The interior has been re-jigged to increase occupant space, with revisions such as moving the A-pillar forward, thinner door sashes and roof frames and repositioned front seat rails improving head, leg and shoulder room for all passengers.

The Legacy introduces the next iteration of Subaru's Eyesight safety system with a smaller stereo camera system placed around the rear vision mirror that increases the view angle and distance by up to 40 percent and, along with Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Warning and a reverse camera, now includes fog lights that automatically adjust according the angle of the steering.

-Fairfax News Australia

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