The new Legacy is still under consideration for the local market. Should it make its way here, however, it would only arrive in early 2015.
From a design perspective, the new Legacy features many design details seen on the 2013 concept vehicle, including the ‘nosecone’ front end which incorporates the grille and bumper into one. The windscreen is more raked and has been pulled forward by some 50mm, which is said to improve visibility. The rear tail lights are U-shaped and make use of LED lighting, as do the indicators on the side mirrors.The new Legacy is bigger inside with more shoulder, hip, elbow and leg room. Bootspace has been enlarged from 416 litres to 425 litres.
There is an aluminium bonnet to reduce understeer and weight over the front wheels. Ride and handling are said to have been improved with the addition of a quick-ratio electric-power-assisted steering as well as revised spring and damper tuning and geometry and standard 17-inch wheels. Active torque vectoringis another new feature and is an evolution of the vehicle dynamics control stability and traction control systems.
There will be a host of standard features, such as perforated leather, electric and heated memory seats along with rear seat air conditioning and Harman Kardon 12-speaker sound. There is also a rear-view camera as well as welcome lighting and keyless go.The newinfotainment system with its 6.2-inchtouch-screenhas Bluetooth, iPod and USB compatibilities. The multi-touch display offers swipe and scrolling gestures like those on tablets and smartphones.
Safety has also been addressed with the inclusion of a rollover sensor that deploys the curtain airbags. An airbag restraint is also used in conjunction with a radar system that has a built-in blind spot detector, lane-change assistance as well as a rear cross traffic alert system that detects approaching vehicles while reversing. Seat-cushion airbags are also standard and project occupants during a frontal collision.
The EyeSight system has been used on previous Subaru models and still integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and vehicle lane departure warning. The system makes use of stereo camera technology and helped the Legacy receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
The engine range will include a 2.5-litre FB-series engine, which has been lightened for improved efficiency and quieter operation. Power is up to 131kWwhile torque remains at 236Nm. There is the possibility of a six-cylinder model in the form of the 191kW/335Nm 3.6-litre model destined for overseas markets.
All models now come with an enhanced version of the marque’s Lineartronic CVT.There is also an active grille shutter system which improves fuel economy by shutting the intake in the grille to reduce wind resistance.