All-new 2020 Subaru Legacy: this is it!

Ceria Alfonso
Febrero 11, 2019

"A Subaru-first split-screen display can simultaneously show two types of information - e.g., navigation and audio - for improved user interaction", Subaru says.

Last year, medium passenger cars under $60,000 fell 30 per cent to finish below 29,000 units for only a 2.5 per cent grip on the market, with Liberty's share of the segment at 5.5 per cent. The current model costs from $22,545 (US price).

Subaru has unveiled the all-new 2020 Legacy at this year's Chicago Auto Show, and will combat the likes of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Mazda6 with a vehicle that's technically superior to its predecessor. There is a new foam-filled cross-member and the Subaru Global Platform adopts a new method for joining upper and lower bodies. The base Legacy is the only trim level without the big screen, although it's hardly lacking for tech.

In terms of design, the new Legacy remains largely similar to its predecessor, with a few defining cues to set it apart.

Subaru adds a number of electronic driver aids as standard. It has received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top ranking for 14 consecutive years.

For the first time in a US model, the 2020 Subaru Legacy adds lane centering capability. It's optional on the Limited and standard on both XT trims, and uses a camera and facial-recognition software to identify signs that the driver is exhausted or occupied with a task that isn't driving.

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Subaru did not say how much the new Legacy will cost when it arrives in dealers this fall.

The new 2020 Legacy XT should bring back the excitement to the Legacy sedan.

Riding on the modern Subaru Global Platform architecture, the all-new Legacy benefits from a more rigid chassis that increases stability and reduces road noise in the redesigned cabin. A turbocharged Outback also seems a sure bet to return to the lineup, replacing the old six-cylinder Legacy 3.6R; similar to the Legacy, it's likely be called the Outback XT and use the same turbocharged 260-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine first introduced in the Ascent three-row SUV. The XT is capable of hitting 60 in 6.1 seconds, according to Subaru. In the 2020 Legacy Sport, it's paired with an SI-DRIVE switch for adjustable drive modes. But buyers can still get the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine on lower trim levels, which produces 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.

The biggest change for the new Outback, then, will be its new underpinnings. As for fuel economy, Subaru expects around 24/32 mpg (9.8 / 7.3 l/100 km) in the city and highway respectively.

Even though the 2020 Legacy doesn't look all that different to its predecessor, it is actually a brand new auto. The new model even gets NFC, or Near Field Communication, technology to simplify phone pairing for hands-free operation.

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