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Tokyo 2013: Subaru Levorg prototype hints at WRX Wagon

Tokyo 2013: Subaru Levorg prototype hints at WRX Wagon image

Text: Brent Co / Photos: Subaru Press | posted November 21, 2013 09:32

Sports tourer concept to feature new 1.6-liter DIT engine

The Subaru Levorg concept was just unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Subaru calls the concept a 'Sports Tourer Innovation', but we’ll just simply refer to it as the Subaru WRX Wagon as what it obviously looks like. It is the nearly production-ready version of the Active Tourer Concept revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

Subaru Levorg concept rear

The exterior design of the Levorg was recently previewed when the WRX was teased which was later followed by leaked images of the performance sedan. It shares the same aggressive front-end seen in the WRX compared to the rather tame Impreza that they’re both based on. The Levorg measures at 4690mm long, 1780mm wide, and 1485mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2650mm (5mm longer than the Impreza).

According to Subaru, the concept behind the Levorg is a stylishly designed sports tourer with abundant load capacity. It features a quality interior with finesse obvious in even the smallest parts, maximized utility, first-class driving comfort, and an exhilarating steering experience. It will be equipped with the latest Subaru EyeSight camera-based driver assist system.

Subaru Levorg concept interior

The interior features premium appointments like piano black finishing, metallic toned accents and plated parts to create a rich space. The combination leather seats, door trims and flat-bottom steering wheel feature contrast stitching for a sporty character.

Under the hood will be either two engine DIT choices, the new 1.6-liter direct-injection turbocharged boxer engine capable of 170 PS and 250 Nm of torque mated to a Lineartronic CVT with two modes of SI-Drive. And the 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine rated at 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque mated to a Sport Lineartronic CVT equipped with a Sport S# on its SI-Drive with eight-speed manual mode. However, Subaru states that specs of the actual production version may vary.

For safety, features like pre-collision brake control, adaptive cruise control with brake light recognition, active lane keep assist, pre-collision reverse throttle management, hazard avoidance assist all form the advanced EyeSight safety system. This is combined with an upgraded Symmetrical AWD system with advanced Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system and the use of high-tensile steel on the body to increase body rigidity and weight reduction. Seven airbags add further peace of mind.

The production version Levorg is scheduled to launch in Japan spring of 2014 with pre-orders commencing by January. They did not reveal wheter it will be sold in other markets.