Subaru puts some oomph behind the Legacy name with 2020 model

  • Subaru puts some oomph behind the Legacy name with 2020 model

Subaru puts some oomph behind the Legacy name with 2020 model

There's a non-turbo option too in the form of the FB25DI, a 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder with direct injection. Now built on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP), the seventh-generation Legacy has been completely redesigned inside and out.

Subaru is also giving the new Legacy XT bigger wheels/tire combination with 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in grippy V-rated 225/50 R18 tires coupled with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes for extra stopping power.

Legacy makes it's global debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The Golf GTI-inspired Jetta GLI will arrive at dealerships in the spring of this year with three trims: two regular. The company expects active grille shutters to help bump city/highway fuel economy to 27/35 mpg. The current model costs from $22,545 (US price). Subaru says this motor is good for a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of 8.4 seconds. For starters, it has wider fenders and a higher trunk surface for a more dynamic stance. Nappa leather is available on higher-end trim levels, which Subaru says is a first for its models. Legacy also gets an all-new lighter, stronger and more responsive suspension that should work well with the 2.4-liter turbo. That has MacPherson struts at the front, and a double-wishbone layout at the rear.

The Kia Sportage is getting its first update since the current generation's debut for the 2017 model year, and it's a relatively subtle one. Note, the base model comes with a 7.0-inch screen.

Up-spec USA models feature a huge 11.6-inch full-HD central tablet touchscreen, which brings some Tesla-style visual glamour and incorporates the multimedia, heating/ventilation controls and other vehicles settings into one slick unit. This is the largest screen ever offered in a Subaru. "Both the Multimedia Plus and Multimedia with Navigation feature two rotary dial knobs, including one for audio volume". The 2020 Legacy will go on sale this fall in base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT, and Touring XT trim levels with a number of familiar Subaru virtues intact: standard all-wheel drive, flat-4 engines, and a host of standard safety tech.

There's also a Front View Monitor that captures images within the driver's blind spots in front of the vehicle and displays a 180-degree view on the primary display. It's optional on the Limited and standard on both XT trims, and uses a camera and facial-recognition software to identify signs that the driver is exhausted or occupied with a task that isn't driving.

But it's no secret that the medium/large sedan market in this country is shrinking - unlike the Outback wagon's robust "all-terrain" niche - which begs the question, is engineering a new-gen Liberty for right-hand drive markets like Australia worth the effort?

Pricing will be announced closer to the 2020 Legacy's fall arrival at USA showrooms.