Subaru promises more emotion and comfort from its latest Legacy, but it will only be sold as an estate in the UK
7 February 2014

The all-new Subaru Legacy saloon has been revealed at the Chicago motor show, but UK bosses have confirmed it will be denied to UK buyers. However, a production version of the Subaru Levorg Tourer concept will make it to these shores.

Subaru says the sixth generation Legacy promises improved ride, safety and practicality with a more “emotional appeal”. It has “sportier and more refined” styling, adopting Subaru’s new face with a hexagonal grille and 'hawk-eye' headlights.

The cabin is claimed to be more comfortable, with improved visibility, space and safety credentials. Subaru says there is a minimal increase in the Legacy’s external dimensions, but thinner doors and a relocated A-pillars has allowed an improvement in shoulder, elbow, waist and leg room.

The body and suspension mountings are more rigid to suppress roll and reduced friction in the shock absorbers, coupled to a new rear subframe and tweaks to the front suspension struts, takes steering stability and ride quality to that of the class above, says Subaru.

Power comes from a revised 175bhp version of the FB25 boxer engine used in the current Legacy and Subaru Forester. Modifications to the intake, exhaust and combustion systems have resulted in a torque increase to 174lb ft. 

A 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer engine is also offered, which develops 256bhp and 247lb ft. Both engines are mated to Lineartronic CVT gearbox.

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7 February 2014
Well I won't lose any sleep over that. This is one ugly motor and would be just about passable if it were wearing a Ssangyong badge. It's exterior design looks at least 10 years out of date and the interior will be no better.

7 February 2014
Typically American designed ugly Sedan.
As an owner of a previous gen Legacy I despair at what Subaru are doing. No Saloons, no turbo engines, ugly cars ( BRZ excepted)

7 February 2014
DVB99 wrote:

Typically American designed ugly Sedan.
As an owner of a previous gen Legacy I despair at what Subaru are doing. No Saloons, no turbo engines, ugly cars ( BRZ excepted)

Have to agree, I had the previous gen Legacy sports tourer, and it was great car, the current and this next gen one are nowhere near as well designed, and they only mate the bigger petrol engines to a CVT gearbox, what happened to the Spec B, now that was a genuine wolf in sheeps clothing..

7 February 2014
I quite like the look of this.

The saloon might be available in Ireland, where people are more open minded to the prospect of saloon cars.

7 February 2014
It now seems a knee jerk response to criticise Subaru. As with most of their designs, current generation Legacy/Outback excluded, this one is pretty good but needs to be seen in the flesh; their designs usually grow on you assuming you actually get to see them on a regular basis. They have staying power and their engineering and durability is peerless. There are some real frights out there, including a good many so-called premium cars, which are cynically designed to create a brief sensation but also to look pretty sad by the time the next model arrives. This will look great as an Outback.

7 February 2014
Ran the 2003 3.0 R saloon and was very pleased. My main worry is the old 'form follows function' has gone. The old cars had a boxer engine to allow a lower c of g and low bonnet ect The car was wrapped around the mechanicals
but the latest cars have obviously gone for a design aimed squarely at the US and, given the sales, is apparently working. So don't expect a return to the old ways any time soon.

9 February 2014
Subaru appears to not have a clue how to market their cars and their heritage in the UK. Maybe their marketing people are lazy, or just inept.

9 February 2014
I agree that Subaru UK's marketing is inept, and their importer doesn't seem to understand the UK market either. But this is a North American launch for a car that will not be coming to the UK, except as an Outback. Subaru don't need to be taught anything about marketing in the USA - they've got it completely sussed.

9 February 2014
Sorry concinnity, but I wasn't sure whether you were saying that this car should come to the UK or that it's a dud and is best left in Chicago. It looks like we might get the Levorg instead which I think is likely to be more in the spirit of the last generation Legacy Tourer, a much admired car, rather than this or the current model.

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