Remember the Subaru Legacy GT? It was quite a special car, was it? With a boosted 2.5-liter boxer engine under its sedate-looking mid-size sedan (or wagon) body, it was quite the sleeper. However, the Legacy lost its turbo after that, replaced by a bigger yet less potent six-cylinder.
But now, it seems that the Legacy has gotten its mojo back. For 2020, Subaru's biggest sedan is all-new, and the boxer turbo engine is back. They've even badged it XT for good measure.
What's the new turbocharged Legacy packing under the hood? It's the new 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine lifted straight from the Ascent large crossover. That means 260 PS and a substantial 375 Nm of torque. It's still down by 5 horses compared to the beloved Legacy GT but the XT has a significant 25 Nm more than the last turbo model. That gives it a 0-100 km/h time under 6.5 seconds. Subaru claims it can even do up to 13 kilometers per liter.
But if that's too much for you, there's a more pedestrian 2.5-liter with no turbo. That's been updated over the outgoing model and has been given more power. From 175 PS, it now makes 182 PS and torque is also up, now at 237 Nm. Both the turbo 2.4 and 2.5-liter are paired to a continuously variable transmission and come with Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
On to the car itself, the new design is evolutionary. It takes hints from the Impreza, as well as the Forester. At the front are uniquely shaped headlights and a slightly taller and narrower grill. The bumper corners have been made smoother and a blacked out trim piece runs across the front end. On to its side and it adapts a roofline similar to its smaller stablemate with a more rakish rear windshield. More Impreza cues are seen at the back, particularly the tail lights.
As seen in the teaser shown a few days ago, the all-new Legacy gets a huge infotainment screen. Measuring in at a little over 11 inches, the vertical screen shows vehicle information and status, along with niceties such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For its design, the dash employs a wraparound, multi-layer design. The steering wheel, on the other hand, is the same one seen in the all-new Forester. Also, Subaru's safety suite, EyeSight, is available on the car.
It will be U.S customers that will be getting their hands on the 2020 Legacy first. For now, there is no word as to when it will arrive in the Asia-Pacific market. With the seventh-generation Legacy out, it seems that the mid-size sedan market is seeing a bit of its renaissance. Its key competitors, the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima were totally redesigned last year, and the 2020 Subaru Legacy is here to stir things up.