2020 Subaru Legacy debuts with more tech and the return of the turbo boxer mill

February 11, 2019

It’s hard to believe but the current-generation Subaru Legacy has just gone past its shelf life. First seen some five years ago, Subaru has ended the cycle and now introduces a new iteration of its erstwhile midsize sedan. Enter the seventh-generation 2020 Subaru Legacy.

Debuting at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, the new Legacy sports a body that is sleeker and an evolution of the current look. What’s new, however, is the platform, which is the marque’s new Global Platform that was first seen on the likes of the XV, Impreza, and new Forester. This one promises a more rigid body structure, improved handling, and a lower center of gravity.

The changes continue inside with the biggest news being the new 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen that is found on top-trim models. It’s a portrait-styled affair that features the latest in vehicle and mobile device connectivity, allowing drivers to stay connected even while on the move. Available wifi hotspot, and other tech goodies are part of the package.

For the first time since the fifth-gen model, Subaru’s turbo boxer engine finds its way back to the midsize Legacy. Displacing 2.4-liters, the horizontally-opposed four-pot puts out 260hp and allows the car to accelerate from 0-100kph in a claimed 6.1 seconds. A 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder is likewise available, producing 182 horses. Both boxer mills are paired with a CVT and Symmetrical All-wheel Drive.

This being a Subaru, safety is at the core, courtesy of a truly rigid crash structure and EyeSight driver assist technology. In addition to the usual stuff like blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control, one gets goodies like Lane Centering, Driver Focus Distraction Mitigation System, and Front View Monitor. All these help make the Legacy one of the safest cars in its class.

The 2020 Subaru Legacy will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.