Subaru Legacy revealed: AWD sedan hits the big screen

2020 Subaru Legacy interior

Following last week's teaser, Subaru has now unveiled the 2020 Subaru Legacy (also known as the Legacy overseas). Eight standard airbags are included, and Subaru is predicting a IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating after testing later this year.

The Legacy Sport features gloss-black exterior trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, and red interior stitching plus a sport mode that modifies accelerator response, but it isn't available with the turbocharged engine. An updated 2.5-liter flat-four is standard on all but the Touring trim, which comes exclusively with the turbo engine. It makes 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque and can propel the 2020 Legacy from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.6 seconds. Estimated fuel economy for the engines is 9.8 city and 7.4 highway L/100 km; and 8.7 city and 6.7 highway L/100 km, respectively.

Under the new sheet metal is Subaru's modular platform introduced in the 2017 Impreza. In this setup, the 2020 Legacy hits 60 miles per hour from a standstill in 6.1 seconds and returns 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The rear suspension is a double-wishbone layout with a 19-mm hollow stabilizer bar. The materials of better quality are used for trim, including the optional Nappa leather upholstery. 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.

The rest of the cabin gets an upgrade, too.

In terms of specs, the Limited and Touring grades come with 10-way power front seats with lumbar support, and seat heaters with three levels of temperature adjustment.

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"In another Legacy first, the 2020 model offers a Front View Monitor", the automaker said. The new Legacy features up to four USB ports and can be had with a wireless charging pad and a wi-fi antenna that turns the vehicle into a mobile hotspot.

In terms of safety, the Gen VII Liberty is said to offer vastly improved crash protection courtesy of the new global architecture, while driver-assist safety technology includes an uprated version of Subaru's comprehensive EyeSight system.

It may seem that Subaru is simply chasing trends with the Legacy's large touchscreen display. In addition to the previously available adaptive cruise control, the system adds a lane-center function for 2020. A DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System is also optional on Limited and standard on both XT trims, which uses a camera and facial recognition software to detect driver fatigue.

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