Subaru Legacy debuts at Chicago auto show with turbo engine option

2020 Subaru Legacy interior

The big news on the inside is the debut of a large tablet-style touchscreen that will control most interior functions

Riding on the modern Subaru Global Platform architecture, the all-new Legacy benefits from a more rigid chassis that increases stability and reduces road noise in the redesigned cabin. Eight standard airbags are included, and Subaru is predicting a IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating after testing later this year. An 11.6-inch touchscreen that adds a built-in navigation app from TomTom, NFC functionality, and split-screen capability is optional on the Premium, Sport, and Limited trims and standard on the Touring grade. Depending on trim level, the Legacy comes with either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes being standard. Subaru sources the FA24 2.4-liter turbo Boxer DOHC, direct injection engine with same 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque they use in the Ascent family hauler. So far, we've been impressed with Subarus based on this platform, which bodes well for the new Legacy. The latter sees the sedan hit 60 miles per hour in a little over 6.0 seconds. It makes 182 hp and 176 lb-ft, enough to hit 60 in 8.4 seconds.

Subaru estimates mileage at 24 City, 32 Highway for the new turbo XT model, and with the use of grille shutters to improve aerodynamics, the naturally aspirated engine manages mileage of 27 and 35.

GoAuto understands that the Japanese manufacturer has not committed to right-hand-drive production of the new Liberty - or Legacy as it is known in the United States - and that the slowing rate of sales in the mid-size passenger vehicle segment in Australia and other right-hook markets means its future is now the subject of an internal review. That has MacPherson struts at the front, and a double-wishbone layout at the rear. The Golf GTI-inspired Jetta GLI will arrive at dealerships in the spring of this year with three trims: two regular. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring are supported, and while numerous car's functions are accessed through the screen, it's great to see physical volume controls and easy-to-access climate control switches outside the main screen. 4G LTE with WiFi hotspot is optional, as is a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

There are 10-way-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, and an adjustable bottom cushion length for the driver in the Limited and Touring trims.

"In another Legacy first, the 2020 model offers a Front View Monitor", the automaker said. Four USB ports - two up front, two in the rear - are included. Subaru's EyeSight bundle of active-safety features should be standard, as it is on the Legacy.

For the first time in a USA model, the 2020 Subaru Legacy adds lane centering capability. They include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control.

American dealers will get cars this fall. Progressing down the sides, new side mirrors are now positioned closer to the A-pillars, while the fenders have been widened.

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