In order to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Legacy sedan (a.k.a. Liberty), Subaru will be unwrapping the brand new fifth-generation version at the New York Auto Show next week. The design of the new Legacy is not as controversial as seen in the number of modification of the Impreza range over the years, but it will surely generate divided appreciation for the car.
The 2010 Legacy is the most spacious model yet and like the preceding version the car is equipped with a selection of horizontally-opposed boxer powerplants and symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive. The most current Subaru Lineartronic, a continuously adaptable transmission, will be featured on the car with a unique manual version to permit the driver to shift gears utilizing the paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
Also offered for the first time on the full lineup of the Legacy models will be a 6-speed manual. The base Legacy powerplant is the 2.5-liter unit which produces 170hp (127kW) and 170lb-ft (230Nm) of torque, followed by a 265hp (197kW) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) turbocharged variant of the same powerplant for the Legacy 2.5GT.
Topping the range is the Legacy 3.6R version equipped with a 3.6 powerplant that generates 256hp (191kW) and 247lb-ft (334Nm) of torque. Front suspension is a McPherson and double-wishbone rear suspension improved for more roll stability.
The mount points of the front suspension come with enhanced chassis stiffness done by tying into the cradle of the engine. Standard on the 2.5-liter versions are 16 inch wheels and 17 inch wheels on the 3.6-liter variants, and 18 inch standard for the 2.5-liter turbo versions. The Subaru identity is demonstrated on a front grill distinctively decorated with a wing-shape, with the front bumper designs highlighting flat horizontal face.
The front section of the Legacy, with solidly-designed headlights, deliberately exhibits boldness and potency. The driver compartment, which comes with an active design and shorter deck, offers the car a sportive attraction, while size and power are shown via the design of the rear section, which is curved and large and surrounded by the combination lights.
The seats at the front were created for comfort and support, and the sporty look which Legacy is famous for, is provided by stitched fabric. Available on premium-grade models is a driver's seat that comes with a 10-way adjustment with lumbar support and a 4-way power front passenger seat. The new 2010m model provides more room than any of the preceding Legacy models and is 35mm longer, 90mm broader and 80mm higher than the retiring model.
Although its overhang measurements are cut by 45mm, its wheelbase is extended by 80mm, permitting extra legroom at the rear section. The details of availability of the car is yet to be released but it is expected that at the debut of the car at the New York Auto Show next week fuller details will become available.