The technical enhancements and equipment upgrades for the 2012 Subaru Legacy Tourer result to pleasurable driving as well as reduced running expenses and effect on the environment. Its most major revision is the use of Subaru’s next-generation Boxer diesel engine.
This power unit, which complies with Euro 5 standards, gets a more efficient turbocharger, a new exhaust-camshaft timing and lighter connecting rods. It is coupled with a new oxidation catalytic converters and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).
Due to all these, its fuel economy rating has been improved by more than 7% compared to the previous Boxer diesel Legacy to 49.6mpg (when combined). Its CO2 emissions have also been reduced by as much as 7.5% to 149 g/km. This decreases the car’s VED band to level F, representing customers’ savings of up to £35 each year.
The CO2 ratings of all 2012 Legacy Tourer diesel models are now below 160 g/km, guaranteeing that they qualify for tax savings by the hirer (of 15%) and the leasing company / business users (of 10%). This makes the vehicle more appealing to a broader audience.
The performance of the diesel-powered Legacy Tourer isn’t compromised by the improved economy and emissions. The diesel unit generates 147 ps at 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm, enabling the car to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 9.6 seconds and to reach a top speed of 120 mph.
The six-speed manual transmission (standard) of the Legacy was revised to enhance the ease in its operation as well as its fuel efficiency and shift feel. It gets wider gear teeth, new synchromesh, lower friction bearings and low-viscosity transmission oil combine to offer an improved performance and refinement. It also helps to optimize the improvements done on the diesel engine.
All 2012 Legacy models are subjected to suspension modifications that include new bushes for the front anti-roll stabilizer bar mounts to improve ride comfort, new pressed upper rear suspension arms to save on weight (saving 2 kg for each car), and new pillow-ball bushes in the rear wishbones to lessen friction and offer a smoother ride.
In the UK, the 2012 Legacy Tourer line-up is available with a choice of five versions with a diesel or petrol engine and three trim levels, depending on model. Prices start at £26,865 (OTR) and cover a £4,510 range. All of the models have plenty of equipment so that the lone factory-fitted option would be the special paint finishes, which have a price tag of £500.