Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Reveal : 2010 Subaru Legacy

It was first shown as a concept at the Detroit Auto Show last January. However, it'll debut officially as the slightly-different production model in New York. So this is just presenting pictures and information of the all-new Subaru Legacy.
2010 Legacy is the roomiest Legacy ever. Compared to the previous model this new model is 35 mm longer, 90 mm wider and 80 mm higher. However, these are just figures. What attract us most, is the exterior styling. The overall shape compared to the concept is nearly identical, but now more-production like. The remarkable things about the styling are the stretched-out headlights, wide wheel arches, egg-shaped roof, and low door ceiling that give the Legacy bigger windows. So not only is this bigger than the out-going Legacy, but we suppose it feels more airy inside. But as a design, Subaru have went from the conservative shape for the Legacy, to a funky love-it-or-hate look. That just shows confidence.
Going inside, it's not as cool as the one in the concept but still has some reminders that it is one of the best-refined Japanese cars on the market. So obviously it's beautifully well-made, but features a thick 3-spoke steering wheel, chunky shifter, a new voice-command satellite-navigation, Lexus-like speed-o-meter, and slick ambient lighting. All of this amounts to a modest 50 pound increase in weight, which seems like a small penalty to pay for all the added features. Best features are the new engine line-up.
Engine variants on the new Legacy are a lot. So it's best to put them in bullet points. Starting off with:

*Entry-level 2.5i. It's a naturally-aspirated 2.5L flat-four boxer engine, with 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. Mated to either a 6-speed manual, or an all-new Subaru's Lineartronic CVT transmission.

*Mid-point 2.5GT. Based on the Impreza WRX, this turbocharged 2.5L flat-four boxer engine develops 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Allowing for a 0-60 mph time of well-under 6 seconds. Though this engine will only team-up with a 6-speed manual. So this is the most sporty among the models.

*High-end 3.6R. The all-new 3.6L flat-six engine replaces the predecessor 3.0L. The new 3.6 is actually near-identical engine to the 3.6L one available in the Porsche 911. So it packs 256 hp and 247 lb-ft. Although it's less powerful than the 2.5GT, the 3.6R is coped with only a 5-speed automatic. So this model is the cruising one.

Ofcourse, all engine models channel power to Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

To sum-up then, the new Legacy is a much more confident car showing some character, that can now actually compete with other mid-size Japanese sedans, and even European too. Sales of this Legacy starting this summer.

Source : [Subaru]

1 comment:

mjqdavie said...

Looks like a hyundai at the back and a nissan maxima at the front, yuck!

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