After almost three decades, the Subaru Legacy has evolved from a somewhat quirky sporty sedan into the more refined midsize we know today. The current generation made its global debut three years ago. Back then, the Japanese carmaker boasted about its class-leading interior space, sleeker shape, and refinements—clearly targeting a broader international market. If you were one of those who wished that the Fuji Heavy Industries-built sedan just had a little bit more sportiness injected into it, then here’s some good news for you.
Subaru has revealed the refreshed 2018 Legacy ahead of its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show next week. As expected from a mid-cycle facelift, styling updates are applied to both the front and rear ends. This was done not only to keep it competitive against its recently refreshed rivals, but also to keep it looking current when it’s parked next to the all-new Impreza. Up front it receives a wider grille with more dynamic detailing. This is flanked by angrier looking headlights which feature Konoji LED daytime running lights.
Shades of the WRX can be seen on the new Legacy’s larger, more angular lower intake, which is complemented by bigger foglight housings. At the back, styling upgrades are limited to the re-contoured lower rear bumper which now features a more integrated exhaust tip design. According to Subaru, this gives the appearance of a wider stance. The upgraded interior features better materials, a new center console, and an available eight-inch infotainment screen.
Upgrades are not just limited to sportier looks; Subaru’s engineers also retuned the Legacy’s chassis to sharpen its handling and improve ride comfort. To cut down on unwanted noise intrusion, it receives a series of improvements that include sound-insulating inner film glass on the front windows, and thicker rear wheel well aprons. It also gets a few safety extras like which include reverse automatic braking, steering-responsive headlights, tire-pressure monitoring system, and the available EyeSight driver assist technology.
Powering the new Legacy are familiar carry-over boxer engines: a 175hp, 2.5-liter flat four and a 256hp, 3.6-liter flat six. Both are mated to a Lineartronic CVT. Being a Subaru, the Japanese brand’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring is standard across the range.
The 2018 Legacy will land in US showrooms on the third quarter of 2017. If Subaru will stick to the same timetable as last time, we could expect its regional ASEAN debut before the year ends.
Do you think Subaru has done enough to get the Legacy on the radar of more car shoppers?