Subaru Legacy debuts at Chicago auto show

2020 Subaru Legacy Liberty

Last year, medium passenger cars under $60,000 fell 30 per cent to finish below 29,000 units for only a 2.5 per cent grip on the market, with Liberty's share of the segment at 5.5 per cent. No pricing has yet been announced, but the sixth-gen model has an MSRP of US$22,545 (RM91,735.60).

Making its debut at the Chicago Auto Show, the seventh-generation Legacy is arguably the most advanced version of the Japanese sedan to date. There is a new foam-filled cross-member and the Subaru Global Platform adopts a new method for joining upper and lower bodies.

Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll told the new Legacy is "a safe, comfortable, spacious workhorse". Eight standard airbags are included, and Subaru is predicting a IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating after testing later this year.

Dynamic performance is said to have improved with a fully revised suspension that is "lighter, stronger and more responsive" and comprises MacPherson struts up front and a double-wishbone layout at the rear. European buyers will have to wait longer for the Subaru Legacy arrival. A DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System is also optional on Limited and standard on both XT trims, which uses a camera and facial recognition software to detect driver fatigue. If that happens it will issue a warning on the car's 11.6-inch touchscreen. The Touring is the new range-topping Legacy model, and it comes standard with Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

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"In another Legacy first, the 2020 model offers a Front View Monitor", the automaker said.

Sitting on the Subaru Global Platform shared with the current-generation Impreza, the 2020 Legacy promises to be much more of a handler than the outgoing model with a 70-percent increase in front-suspension rigidity as well as torsional rigidity, thanks to a 371-percent increase in the use of structural adhesives and a a 13-percent increase in ultra-high-tensile-strength steel. As previously reported, Subaru is introducing a fresh 2.4-litre turbocharged flat-four engine. The result, according to Subaru, is a zero to 60 miles per hour (97/ km/h) time of an "estimated 6,1 seconds".

All versions of the 2020 Legacy feature all-wheel-drive.

The XTs pack a turbocharged 2.4-liter flat four that offers 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. "The Base model also gets an all-new multimedia system, with dual 7.0-inch Wide Video Graphics Array (WVGA) displays that split multimedia and HVAC controls". This engine debuted in the latest Forester, and delivers 182 hp at 5,800 rpm and 239 Nm at 4,400 rpm - 0-96 km/h in 8.4 seconds. Like the turbo package, it is paired with a CVT gearbox. Subaru says the 2.4-liter Boxer launches the Legacy XT from 0-60 miles per hour in an estimated 6.1 seconds. It may not look that different but the 2020 Legacy is totally new inside and out.

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