Subaru Legacy Debuts With Fresh Look, Big Screen

2020 Subaru Legacy inside

For those whose focus is on performance, the 2020 Subaru Legacy adds a new XT model which, for the first time since 2012, brings a turbo engine into the Legacy family. Eight standard airbags are included, and Subaru is predicting a IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating after testing later this year.

Unlike the Honda and Toyota mid-size vehicle competitors, this 11.6-inch screen (standard on only the Premium, Sport, and Limited trims) is oriented vertically and dominates the entire area above the gear shift. There's also a new frameless hexagonal front grille, new side mirrors, and a thicker overall profile giving it more presence on the road. Base models will leverage a 2.5-liter with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. So far, we've been impressed with Subarus based on this platform, which bodes well for the new Legacy.

Matched to a "high-torque" version of the Lineartronic CVT with manual mode and steering wheel paddle-shifters, the unit can launch the Liberty XT from 0-60mph (96.6km/h) in an estimated 6.1 seconds, Subaru says, while still managing to return city/highway fuel economy of 24/32mpg (9.8/7.3L/100km). The materials of better quality are used for trim, including the optional Nappa leather upholstery.

The biggest change on the inside will be the same giant new touchscreen as found in the Legacy, measuring 11.6 inches and using a vertically oriented layout.

There's now an 11.6 inch infotainment system in the centre console, alongside support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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Other equipment highlights include soft-touch, double-stitched dash surfacing that's colour-matched to the seat trim; 10-way heated/cooled electric front seats with adjustable cushion length for the driver; and a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system. Those seat heaters now have three levels, rather than two, and the heating elements now extend up to the shoulders.

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

Moreover, systems such as EyeSight Driver Assist with Lane Centering Function are now standard. Four USB ports - two up front, two in the rear - are included. Subaru claims a cargo capacity of 427 litres, and the Legacy "can comfortably hold four full-size roller bags".

Standard active safety tech such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control is on board to help prevent a crash. An optional new feature that will be offered as a part of this system is the new DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, which uses facial recognition tech to spot driver distraction and fatigue.

Pricing will be announced closer to the 2020 Legacy's fall arrival at United States showrooms. Pricing for the new AWD sedan will be confirmed closer to that point.

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