Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

New XT Marks Return Of The Turbo To Subaru Legacy Lineup

New XT Marks Return Of The Turbo To Subaru Legacy Lineup

The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is pulled from the Forester and makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.

Other models will employ a "thoroughly revised" version of the brand's familiar naturally aspirated 2,5-litre, four-cylinder boxer unit, now churning out 136 kW and 239 N.m.

The seventh-generation Legacy moved to the Subaru Global Platform, which nearly the entire brand's lineup is built on: Impreza, Forester, XV, Ascent. The Touring trim throws in navigation as standard.

A 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system is also available, while the new Legacy features four USB ports-two in front and two in the rear-as well as one auxiliary input jack up front. Thanks to help from standard active grille shutters, 2.5-powered cars are expected to be rated for 27/35 mpg.

We haven't mentioned design yet, but it can fairly be described as a conservative evolution of the outgoing model; the current Legacy aims to be a Camry alternative rather than a hair-raising back-road bomber. The 2.5-liter and 2.4-liter both feature the Lineartronic CVT, direct injection, stop/start, and Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive with Active Torque Vectoring. The lightly-accented wheelarches are one of the few remaining hints of its rally-themed predecessors.

To say we love the engine in the SUV is an understatement. The fenders were also made wider and the roof the truck moved higher, improving the stance.

The new Legacy's revamped interior centers around a tablet-style 11.6-inch Full HD multimedia display, the largest infotainment system ever in a Subaru.

The 2020 Legacy features a version of Subaru's global platform, updated with 13 percent more high-strength steel, more structural adhesives, and a floor crossmember filled with a rigid yet lightweight foam material. The rear suspension is a double-wishbone layout with a 19-mm hollow stabilizer bar. Unveiled this week at the Chicago Auto Show, the. Note, the base model comes with a 7.0-inch screen. Reconfigurable based on personal preferences by moving app icons around, this screen is standard on Premium, Limited and Sport trim levels.

Subaru's also included a host of driver aids, including "Available Driver Monitoring System" which alerts the driver if distracted or drowsiness ensues, Reverse Automatic Braking, a Rear Vehicle Detection system, and a front view camera.

The biggest change for the new Outback, then, will be its new underpinnings.

Moreover, systems such as EyeSight Driver Assist with Lane Centering Function are now standard. Optional on Legacy Limited, and standard on all XT trims, is an infrared system that chides with an alarm and a visual alert if it detects wandering eyes or a worn out driver behind the wheel.

Pricing will be announced closer to the 2020 Legacy's fall arrival at U.S. showrooms.

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