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New Subaru Concepts & Cars from the 2013 Tokyo & LA Motor Shows

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Subaru had two motor shows this week in which it premiered a total of three new concepts and cars for the world to see.

We, along with the rest of the web, have had a lot to say about Subaru’s concepts during 2013. Some of it was good, a lot of it was bad, but hey – there’s no such thing as bad press, right? You’re welcome, Subaru.

But I digress. As you continue reading, we’re going to cover each of the brand-new Japanese cars unveiled by Subaru over the past few days.

2015 Subaru WRX (LA Motor Show)

Subaru WRX

This is the car that has inspired so much talk about how Subaru handles concepts.

In case you missed the debate, the issue is that they’ve developed a habit for releasing incredible concept cars, and then dropping every redeeming quality in the transition from concept to production model. After a discouraging series of leaked photos supposedly showcasing the new WRX over the past couple months, the automotive press has had fine old time slamming Subaru’s failure to fulfill the expectations they create for their cars.

With all that in mind, it’s hard to make a solid opinion about the 2015 Subaru WRX. On the one hand, it actually looks quite a bit better than the unofficial leaked images had led us to believe. But the last generation 3 Series look about the C pillars, and the general lack of panache makes us wonder if Subaru have really lost the plot.

But, of course, there is more to a car that looks….

The 2015 Subaru WRX also gets a turbocharged version of the Subaru BRZ’s 2.0L FA-Series engine with a total output of 268hp, under-tuned from 297hp (likely for durability reasons). While that may seem like a negligible improvement compared to the outgoing WRX’s 265hp, the new engine offers much higher actual torque across a wider RPM range.

The WRX also gets new brakes and a tuned suspension for all-around better handling. Inside, the 2015 Subaru WRX gets one inch of extra space thanks to a lengthened wheelbase, more comfortable seats, and a premium Harman/Kardon audio system.

Subaru Legacy Concept (LA Motor Show)

Subaru Legacy concept

The other big debut Subaru made at the 2013 LA Motor Show was that of the Subaru Legacy Concept, which celebrates 25 years of Subaru Legacy production. While nobody officially specified that this is the next-gen Subaru Legacy sedan, it’s a pretty safe guess that it will be. If it is, then we’re excited – it’s refreshing to see a sportier coupe-like design language applied to a family sedan.

By the way, keep your eyes peeled for the next-generation Legacy in either 2014 or 2015. Seeing this concept now, you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether Subaru needs to work harder on translating conceptual themes to production vehicles.

Subaru Levorg Concept (Tokyo Motor Show)

Subaru Levorg concept

The name is ugly, but the Levorg Concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show looks pretty good.

After seeing the Legacy Concept in LA, the Levorg is a fitting follow-up as the two cars share many stylistic similarities. With the debut, we get some nice information regarding specs – the hood apparently houses a new 1.6L Direct Injection Turbocharged (DIT) Boxer engine, although the prototype is also capable of handling a 2.0L DIT with a bit more ‘oomph’.

Basically, you can look at the Levorg Concept as an Outback-sized Subaru Legacy Concept with an incredibly spacious interior. Subaru says that the Levorg will launch in Spring of 2014, so there’s a good chance that this is, in fact, a Legacy wagon (which would explain the extensive similarities). If so, then we’ve just been given specs for next year’s Subaru Legacy, in addition to whatever car the Levorg eventually produces.

Subaru Cross Sport Design Concept (Tokyo Motor Show)

Last but not least, we have the Subaru Cross Sport Design Concept, also from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Although, it actually is least in the sense that we know the least about it. All we know is that, “This model has a compact body with overall length of 4,300mm that allows brisk driving and yet makes available features such as easy seat access, comfortable interior, and abundant luggage space.”

The best guess put forth by the automotive community right now is that this is an SUV-ified Subaru BRZ.  Something that might fit into a similar niche as the Nissan Juke NISMO RS we talked about yesterday. But, of course, this is mere speculation and shouldn’t be taken as fact.

All in all, Subaru has done a spectacular job this week. Every single one of these cars features an excellent design, and everything we can tell about their handling leads us to have high hopes. But, you can’t drive on hope, so we’ll just have to wait and see whether or not these concepts’ production models stand up to their precedent.


Subaru Levorg Prototype & Other Subies Coming to the Tokyo Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

We have a nice assortment of automotive candy for you here today as we review Subaru’s confirmed lineup for the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The lineup includes three world debuts and a few Japanese premiers.

We’ve got a lot of new Japanese cars to cover, so let’s get started!

Subaru LEVORG Prototype

Subaru Levorg - Tokyo Motor Show

First off, let’s talk about the name. Pronounced like “le -vôrg”, it’s intended to fuse the words “legacy”, “revolution” and “touring”, although you’ll have to stretch your imagination to figure out how.

The LEVORG prototype is intended to “transcend categorization” by actualizing “driving enjoyment and peace of mind at a higher standard”. And admittedly, it does have a nice selection of sporty characteristics, such as aggressively sculpted fender flares, wraparound LED headlights and prominent front air scoops for engine cooling purposes.

Specs-wise, the LEVORG will get a new version of Subaru’s iconic boxer engine: This one is a 1.6L direct-injection turbo with unspecified horsepower. It also gets next-generation features such as improved EyeSight pre-crash braking.

The Subaru LEVORG Prototype will likely yield a very drivable vehicle in a reasonably stylish package. But, for the time being, it really needs a better name.

Cross Sport Design Concept

Much like the LEVORG, the Cross Sport Design Concept is designed to combine both sportiness and utility in a way that drivers have never experienced before. According to the press release, it’s the result of “what Subaru perceives to be the next trend in urban SUVs.” In other words, it’s Subaru’s contribution to the current subcompact crossover craze that’s been one of the auto industry’s major focuses throughout 2013. It’ll slot right beneath the XV Crosstrek.

There’s no image for this concept, but there used to be a Subaru Forester Cross Sport. It’s probably safe to say that this concept will look like a miniature Forester, perhaps with some sporty goodies like a hood scoop.

Subaru Crossover 7 Concept

The Subaru Crossover 7 Concept is a large seven-seat crossover (as the name implies) that will attract drivers with a “sophisticated urban look” evoking a perfect mixture of rugged and elegant. It will get a 2.5L boxer paired with a CVT, all connected with a symmetrical AWD system.

Remember earlier this month when we discovered Subaru’s plans to discontinue the Tribeca in 2014? At the time, we also learned that Subaru would produce a Tribeca replacement, and the Crossover 7 looks like it’s going to be that vehicle. From the looks of it, you can expect this concept to be a sportier, more refined Forester.

Unfortunately, that’s all we have for new Subaru concepts. However, the above certainly aren’t all the vehicles to be on display at Subaru’s booth this coming Tokyo Motor Show. Keep checking in here to get all the latest Subaru, Tokyo Motor Show 2013 and Japanese car news.