The new generation Subaru Legacy is still pretty far away from streets, but we managed to gather some pretty interesting details about it. The popular mid-size sedan will get the all-new suit in late 2018, so we are expecting either 2019 or 2020 model year. In each case, the redesigned model will be a totally new story from Subaru in so many ways, and here is why:
2019 Subaru Legacy Will Have New Engines and Platform
The 2019 Subaru Legacy will definitely use carmaker’s new Global Platform. The architecture is introduced with the new generation Impreza, which provides us plenty of useful information. Subaru’s mid-size sedan will probably follow a good example of the smaller Impreza, so it should provide more agile and comfortable ride. After all, the manufacturer promised a lower center of gravity with the new underpinning, so the next generation Legacy must feature better dynamic abilities. Today’s 3.6-liter engine has pretty low odds to continue under the hood of the 2019 Legacy. Instead, the sedan will get a smaller but more powerful direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four that makes 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to all-wheel drive and CVT. As for the base engine, we think that the current 2.5-liter might be replaced with a 2.0-liter direct-injected option. The engine will deliver around 152 hp, which is less from today’s 175 ponies but still enough for the base model. However, the new architecture is designed for gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid and even electric powerplants, so we might see some kind of alternative powertrain under the hood of the 2019 Subaru Legacy.
Just High-Strength Steel, Without Aluminum
In contrast to other carmakers that are leaning on some mixture that often involves plenty of aluminum, Subaru’s new chassis is made from high-strength steel only. Except it makes the chassis more rigid, the high-strength steel has no restrictions in terms of flexibility (aluminum is pretty limited in that sense), so the 2019 Legacy could also get quite interesting exterior. But this depends on Subaru’s designers of course. We are pretty sure in one: The next generation mid-size sedan will come bigger from today’s model. The carmaker did this with the new Impreza, so the 2019 Subaru Legacy must get a few additional inches in length and width as well.
Beter Infotainment For Sure
The interior will also receive a total overhaul. Those additional inches of length and width should make some extra space for passenger’s legs and shoulders, while the cab might get better quality materials and more standard equipment. The manufacturer won’t skip the chance to add the latest EyeSight package and 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment. Speaking of which, the new infotainment should be significantly better than the current one. Today’s lacks the latest in smartphone integration, which is one really big flaw in the present model.
Stay tuned for updates.