A new Legacy for Subaru

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 31, 2015

Following-on from the launch of its Outback station wagon nearly two weeks ago, Subaru South Africa has officially unveiled the vehicle it underpins, the new sixth generation Legacy executive sedan.

A perennial underachiever in the local market, the newcomer does away with its predecessor often criticised American inspired styling in favour of a more European look with the brand’s new signature chrome Hexagon front grille, teardrop inspired lights incorporating daytime-running LED’s, new front bumper with a slightly smaller yet more pronounced airdam, and resigned mirrors.

At the rear, the previous car’s somewhat bloated appearance has been slightly curbed with the fitment of a new bumper, redesigned lights and a subtly integrated spoiler at the base of the boot.

Inside, the Legacy features a completely brand new cabin with the centre display no longer curved as in the previous model, while the audio system and storage area have both been replaced by a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features satellite navigation for the first time. Also gone are the fake wood inserts on the doors and below passenger airbag, replaced by an upmarket metal-inspired finish.

Located below, the controls for the dual-zone climate control have also been reworked with the somewhat outdated grey interface from the old Legacy dropped in favour of a smart new panel with the selected temperature shown at the top, and bottom housing the three knobs and various ventilation buttons.

In the centre console, the “open” j-shaped transmission pattern for the standard Lineartronic CVT has been swapped for an “enclosed” leather wrapped selector with a gloss black finish to it surrounds.

Under the bonnet, Subaru has opted to forego the previous 2.0 and 2.5-litre normally aspirated petrol engines for the same 3.6-litre flat six Boxer unit used in the Outback.

Power remains unchanged at 191 kW and 350 N.m of torque with the above mentioned CVT sending it to all four wheels via the company’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system. Subaru claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 9.9 L/100 km emissions of 230 g/km.

Equipment levels on the Legacy remain high with items including a 12-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system with dual USB and Bluetooth streaming, push button start, rain sense wipers, electric mirrors with puddle lamps, auto levelling on/off headlights, multi-function steering wheel, SI-Drive system, eight-way electric front seats with dual memory function for the driver, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Safety features includes seven airbags, ABS with EBD, TCS and ESC, Hill Hold Control, Active Torque Vectoring and Brake Assist.

A three year / 100 000 km warranty and three year / 75 000 maintenance plan is included in the R529 000 asking price.

 

IMAGE sourced from www.subaru.co.za