New York Auto Show Debut: All New Subaru Legacy Sedan  

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Subaru is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Legacy (Liberty) sedan with the unveiling of the all-new fifth-generation model next week at the New York Auto Show. Subaru is renowned for its love-or-loathe approach to designing cars, as seen in the frequent revisions to its Impreza line over the years, but the styling of the new Legacy is nowhere near as controversial though we’re sure it will leave opinions divided.

But some of the familiar stuff includes boxer engines and Subaru's symmetrical AWD. For the US market, which introduces the Legacy at dealer level soon after the show, three engines will be available. The first is a naturally-aspirated 2.5i. It produces 170hp (125kW) and 170 lb-ft (230Nm) of torque. Transmission options are a 6-speed manual and the new Subaru Lineartronic CVT. Up ahead is a 2.5GT turbo with 265hp (195kW) and 258 lb-ft (350Nm) of torque. Only the 6-speed manual is available on the GT. Subaru says this transmission is 25kg lighter than the previous one. Lastly the 3.6R with a 5-speed automatic replaces the old 3.0-litre. It makes 256hp (188kW) and 247 lb-ft (335Nm) maximum torque.

A distinctive wing-shape embellishment on the front grille shows the Subaru brand identity, and the front bumper designs accentuate flat horizontal surfaces. Embellished with solidly-designed headlamps, the front face of the Legacy is intended to be 'bold and powerful'. The cabin's dynamic design and a shorter deck give the vehicle what Subaru calls 'a sporty appeal', while the size and power of the vehicle are expressed in the rear-end design, which is rounded and capacious and framed by the combination lights.

The base Legacy engine is 2.5L unit, which is rated at 170hp (127kW) and 170lb-ft (230Nm) of torque, and this is followed by a 265hp (197kW) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) turbocharged version of the same engine for the Legacy 2.5GT. Filling out the range is the Legacy 3.6R model, which comes with a 256hp (191kW) and 247lb-ft (334Nm) of torque 3.6L engine.

Some of the interior features available are an electronic parking brake, a 10-way driver's seat and a new three-spoke steering wheel. Safety features installed include ABS with EBD, an electronic hill holder system and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC).

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