After the Chicago Show, which was the scene for the unveiling of the Subaru Legacy 2020, it is now the turn of the Subaru Outback to get a makeover for the coming year. And even if the return of the sedan is good news for consumers attached to this type of vehicle, it is really the elevated family that will be good for the sales figures of the brand, the Subaru Outback is a success story North American since its appearance in 1994.
As expected, the new design is very scalable. Regulars model will not be disoriented by this silhouette of the most familiar. There are still some novelties, starting with the front portion that receives a new grille, new headlights and a gray-anthracite plastic to better integrate the fog.
The plastic treatment continues throughout the body which, on its sides, receives some rather prominent ridges. As for the rear, it’s “business as usual” with a typical Outback rear, the position lights are still new bill.
Inside, we find the same level of quality unveiled in Chicago in the Legacy sedan. Designers worked to enhance the quality of materials with real Nappa leather and better-made plastics.
The famous 11.6-inch-wide touch screen is also available in the plush liveries of the utility model. The manufacturer now integrates the EyeSight system standard on all models, while a battery of safety systems is added to the list of equipment available on board the vehicle.
As for what’s under the bonnet, Subaru does not surprise anyone by fully taking over the atmospheric 2.5-liter engine introduced on board the Forester last year. This block delivers 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The year 2020 also marks the return of the XT version, the last one going back to the 2009 model year. Indeed, the Subaru Outback drops the 6-cylinder boxer in favor of the turbo 4-cylinder of 2.4- 260-horsepower and 277 lb-ft of capacity that equips the big Ascent. Both gears team up with a standard CVT gearbox that can “mimic” gear shifting using the paddles behind the steering wheel. As for the all-wheel drive, it is of course the basic equipment of any Outback in history! The utility wagon is expected in the fall and we should know more about the price of the different versions at this time.
Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86: The second generation is under way
These days, the builder makes a lot of ink with the fifth generation of the Supra who will be with us after the good weather. While it is clear that this sport developed in collaboration with BMW is the envy of many, we must admit, it is unfortunately not part of the category of affordable vehicles.
The good news is that Toyota – let’s not forget Subaru in this equation – is already offering the Coupe 86, since the 2013 model year. And if we rely on an article published by the British magazine Auto car cover, the second generation of the model is on the way. According to the article, this second generation of the model will once again be designed in collaboration with Subaru, ensuring at the same time a sports range within both brands, with the 86 and Supra on the Toyota side and the BRZ coupe and the WRX at Subaru. Asked by the publication, Toyota’s marketing director for Europe, Matt Harrison, said: “The Supra is not going to replace this car. Both address two distinct audiences in addition to being two different products.
It is still early to comment on the details surrounding this second generation of the affordable coupe, but it’s a safe bet that the new version will still use a 4-cylinder flatbed engine mated to an original gearbox Subaru. However, we must hope for a slight gain in power and torque, even if the raison d’être of the Coupe 86 / BRZ is not to break speed records.
The 2020 Subaru Legacy will be unveiled in Chicago
Each year, the Chicago Salon acts as a “buffer” exhibition between the Detroit Auto Show and New York in the spring. There is also the Geneva Salon, but the latter is of international status with several manufacturers who are not distributed in North America. The planned disclosures are therefore secondary.
As we saw yesterday, Toyota has already announced its colors with a darkened image of its Tacoma pickup truck that will be overhauled for 2020, and now Subaru confirms the arrival of the new Legacy 2020, an intermediate sedan that will, as for she, from top to bottom. So it’s an important unveiling, although it must be admitted, the Legacy has lost feathers since SUVs dominate our roads. Subaru sells more Crosstrek, Forester, Outback and Ascent these days.
But hey, the Legacy will still come back next year with a redesigned silhouette that should respect the evolutionary philosophy of the manufacturer. The well-known full-time all-wheel-drive brand will of course be back, and it is safe to assume that the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder flatbed engine will return unchanged as well. The 3.6-liter flat-6-cylinder, meanwhile, could scoop up in favor of the recent turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.4-liter bolted under the hood of the Ascent SUV. We will see when the manufacturer will unveil the new sedan on February 7. Oh yes, the single continuously variable gearbox should also return to the program.
Subaru will however surprise the public with this new Legacy, since it will be the first of the group to offer a large touch screen in the center of its dashboard. Indeed, the US division of the manufacturer has published this photo of this screen vertical shape, a trend initiated by Tesla and Volvo, among others.
The screen in question is unusual from a very conservative manufacturer like Subaru, and it is a safe bet that this infotainment system will be reserved for more affluent models. One can also expect to see this solution mounted on board future models of the brand, especially the Outback wagon that is neither more nor less than an elevated legacy and more roomy.
2018 Los Angeles Auto Show: Subaru Introduces First Rechargeable Hybrid Model
Unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Rechargeable is Subaru’s first contribution to the world of plug-in hybrids.
It is powered by Subrau StarDrive technology, which is a combination of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder flatbed heat engine paired with a pair of electric motors. This Crosstrek is equipped with all-wheel-drive Subaru, which is powered by a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The two electric motors work as follows: one acts as a generator that recharges the battery using the heat engine, and the other offers power assistance when the Crosstrek is in hybrid mode.
The exterior of this new Crosstrek looks a lot like the traditional model, with a few details. The plug-in hybrid variant features a silver finish grille with the same accents on the fog lights. Of course, Plug-In Hybrid crests have been affixed to the back and on the wings.
The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Rechargeable interior inherits all of the standard amenities of the Crosstrek, such as the 8-inch infotainment system screen that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software suites, push-button start, automatic climate control, heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors, among others. This newcomer to the Subaru catalog will enter Canada’s dealerships by the end of 2019. In the US, it will arrive earlier as a 2019 model.