The all-new 2015 Subaru Arrived today in Windy City and promises to offer its customers a new design, interior refinement, safety technology and higher fuel efficiency. Coming with All-Wheel Drive as standard, the 2015 Legacy echoes the design themes introduced by the Legacy Concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
But do not expect a design as dramatic as the one found on the concept because you will not get it. The 2015 Legacy borrows a small percent from the Legacy Concept. Still, the front grille looks just like the one found on the concept. The 2015 Legacy offers a choice of 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder Boxer engines, bolted as standard with the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
The 2015 Legacy 2.5i is powered by the 2.5-liter Boxer engine that was introduced in 2013 and generates 175 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. The 3.6-liter boxer engine found on the 2015 Legacy 3.6R Limited delivers 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of peak torque.
With estimated ratings of 26 mpg city / 36 mpg highway / 30 mpg combined, the 2015 Legacy 2.5i matches or exceeds fuel economy of some midsize models. The 3.6-liter engine offers a fuel economy improve by 10 percent or more, with new estimated ratings of 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway / 23 combined. All 2015 Legacy 2.5i trim levels debut a standard Active Grille Shutter system, which helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance when closed.
In the Legacy 3.6R Limited, new standard HID low-beam headlights give the car a more distinctive nighttime signature. The new -shape tail and brake lights on all models use LED bulbs for lower power consumption and a luxurious appearance.
Meanwhile, the limited trim line models feature turn signal exterior mirrors, which are available as an option for the Premium. As standard, the 2015 Legacy comes with a rear-view camera, now located closer to the center. The Limited trim offers a Keyless Access & Start system, as well. A new type of airbag restraint is introduced as well as a new available rear radar system. The new front seat-cushion airbags help to keep occupants in place in a frontal collision.
The rear radar system offers three functions. Blind Spot Detection detects vehicles behind the C-pillars and in other blind spots; Lane Change Assist detects approaching vehicles when changing lanes, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert detects close vehicles while reversing, such as out of a parking space or driveway.
Also for the 2015 Legacy, new Steering-Responsive Foglights are added. Moreover, the EyeSight driver-assist system option for Premium and Limited trim models, integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. Inside, we find more space for passengers (104.6 cu. ft. up from 103 cu. ft.), but also a sporty instrument panel highlighted by two binocular-style gauge with a center LCD information display (3.5-in. on cars without the EyeSight driver-assist system and 5-in. on EyeSight cars).
Also new for 2015MY is the new 6.2 Infotainment System in the Legacy 2.5i model that provides AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®, Radio Data Broadcast System, single-disc in-dash CD player, 6.2-in. multi-function touch screen display, Subaru STARLINK connectivity with Aha and Pandora smartphone integration, rear vision camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control capability, USB port and aux. input jack. The multi-touch display offers swipe and scrolling gestures – much like tablets and smartphones. [source: Subaru]