leacy subaru

Mid-sized sedan enters its seventh generation with new platform, turbo engine and Volvo-style infotainment.

Ah, the Legacy lives on…

Subaru has recently unleashed the all-new Legacy sedan in the US. It now enters its seventh generation with a host of improvements.

Although the styling is a mild evolution over the outgoing model, the Legacy now becomes the latest recipient of the brand’s global platform.

Subaru claims that the body structure is stiffer than ever for better handling. Noise, vibration and harshness levels are also said to be down.

The interior fascia has been redesigned to accommodate an 11.6in tablet-style infotainment screen, similar to that seen in Volvos.

Various trim in the cabin have been upgraded in a bid to attract some attention from punters of European premium sedans, although the Legacy’s truer rivals include the Honda Accord, Nissan Teana and Toyota Camry.

What’s that new turbo engine like?

It’s a 2.4-litre flat-four petrol-turbo developing 260hp. It’s Subaru’s latest engine-downsizing exercise to cope with more stringent emission standards. Previously there was a 3.6-litre flat-six variation.

Also available is the 182hp naturally aspirated 2.5-litre petrol motor which, like the 2.4-litre, features direct injection.

Both are coupled to CVT automatic transmission driving all four wheels in the usual Subaru fashion. Torque-vectoring control is now available.

It’s said that the 2.4-litre can do 0-100kph in less than 6.5sec, with the 2.5-litre being around 2sec slower.

But won’t it be pricey in Thailand?

As the Legacy was always a small-selling import from Subaru, it will probably continue that way.

Possibly the strongest selling point is all-wheel-drive grip, although the Legacy now comes with a long list of driver-assist technologies.

Although the 2.5-litre can help on lowest price as possible, the 2.4-litre is in a better position to deliver the message of driving performance.

At some two million baht, the Legacy needs to attract punters from above and below.

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