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Subaru Levorg S Concept & Legacy B4 Blitzen Shown in Tokyo

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 16th, 2015

The 2015 Detroit Motor Show isn’t the only newsworthy events going on this week. For many automakers, the Tokyo Auto Salon is just as important. As it happens, Subaru is one of those automakers; they don’t have anything to show in Detroit, but they do have two brand-new concepts on stage in Tokyo.

Subaru Levorg S Concept

Subaru Levorg S Concept

Subaru showed us a new Levorg ‘Concept’ at the Tokyo Motor Show late last year, which is a sporty station wagon that Subaru fans everywhere have been requesting for years. We say ‘concept’ in quotes because, while it was officially dubbed a concept, it was and is really a production-ready vehicle. In fact, Subaru has already started taking orders for their new model, which are set to ship in May or June of this year.

While the Levorg has already garnered a heap of praise for its sporty throwback appeal to the good ol’ days of Subie, the Japanese automaker is bringing things up a notch at the Tokyo Auto Salon with the new Levorg S Concept. This can basically be seen as a Levorg STI model, even though Subaru isn’t officially calling it an STI. However, the STI badging that can clearly be seen on the car itself and the booth around it, and it bears the blue and orange color-scheme typical of other STI models.

Subaru Levorg S Concept STI

In addition, Subaru has completely overhauled the front fascia with extra-large air vents, a carbon fiber front spoiler, a new tightknit mesh grille and carbon fiber side-mirror caps for an extra bit of flair. You’ll also find new sculpted side skirts, and a matching carbon fiber rear diffuser with a carbon fiber roof and rear roof spoiler, along with two extra-large exhaust pipes for good measure. The exterior design is capped off with a set of 19-inch BBS alloys with Michelin’s PSS tires.

As you’d expect with any STI, a number of performance enhancements have been made to match the sportier design. From what we know right now, those include a new STI-tuned suspension, a six-speed sports manual transmission with AWD, and a tuned-up 2.0L boxer turbo to seal the deal, although specific performance specs haven’t been released.

Subaru Levorg S Concept interior

The performance feel continues inside with new Alcantara and leather bucket seats, aluminum pedals, a partially Alcantara wrapped steering wheel, and a bright red push-button ignition to match the STI color scheme inside.

Unfortunately, no word on when the Levorg STI will make it to production, although it does seem very likely that it eventually will. There’s a chance it’ll start shipping with the normal Levorg this summer, but our bet is that we’ll see it later this year as a 2016MY.

Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen Concept

Subaru Legacy Blitzen Concept

Unlike the Levorg S Concept, the revised Legacy Blitzen doesn’t seem to have any ties to the STI sub-brand. Instead, it’s simply a sportier version of the admittedly rather plain-looking Subaru Legacy sedan. However, like the Levorg S, this new Legacy gets a host of exterior modifications, predominantly in the front and rear bumpers.

Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen Study

Noteworthy additions include a new front lip spoiler, a glossy black grille, an eye-catching “Premium Red” paintjob, a new split rear spoiler, low-riding side skirts, and plenty of carbon fiber trim to go around. Plus, you’ll notice new 19-inch alloys with Bridgestone tires.

Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen Interior

Inside, the upgrades continue with a totally overhauled interior that bears a striking resemblance to the Levorg S’ interior, albeit in a tamer black-and-beige color-scheme. The only thing missing are the Levorg’s new bucket seats, but they won’t be missed with the quilted leather and Alcantara seats in the Legacy.

Subaru XV Sport Concept

It should be noted that Subaru also showed a similarly revised version of the XV Crosstrek called the Subaru XV Sport Concept, pictured above, but you can see that the revisions are largely the same as those for the Legacy B4 Blitzen, albeit in yellow instead of red. Front lip spoiler, matte black roof, rear spoiler, rich black alloys and a sporty interior (below)… You get the idea.

Subaru XV Sport Concept Interior

New Subaru Outback Teased Ahead of New York Debut

Posted by Stephen On Friday, April 4th, 2014

With the 2014 New York Auto Show coming up in the next two weeks (April 18 to 27), we’re finally starting to see Japanese car teasers and previews trickle in one image at a time. Today’s newest teaser is for the 2015 Subaru Outback, which we’ve known for a while would be making its debut at New York’s international event.

Are you ready? Can you handle this amazing, incredibly informative teaser?

Alright… Here it is, our first image of the 2015 Subaru Outback:

2015 Subaru Outback Teaser

Okay, so maybe we exaggerated the image’s educational value by the tiniest margin, but it still gives us some important information. For reference, this is the 2014 Subaru Outback:

2014 Subaru Outback

As you can see, it looks like the front of Subaru’s flagship crossover has actually been toned down a bit. It looks more contemporary, and foregoes the cluttered, boxy look of the 2014 model. It’s sleeker, curvier and with a larger, more premium-feeling grille. At least, that’s what we get from the Photoshopped teaser image; the actual car could be come off less fluidly in-the-metal.

As another point of reference, the Subaru Outback is typically designed as a bigger brother to the Subaru Legacy, which we saw earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show. So, it’ll probably take a lot of styling cues from the sedan below:

 2015 Subaru Legacy

In addition to sharing the Legacy’s design, we can also expect the 2015 Outback to share the Legacy’s powertrains. That means we’re looking at two different configurations: a 2.5L four-cylinder boxer with 175hp, or a 3.6L six-cylinder boxer with 256hp. That means there’s plenty of kick available for those who want it. You can expect both engines to come paired with a CVT that allows paddle-shift gear selection. We’re probably looking at AWD-only, although that’s not officially confirmed at this point.

Some may argue that the exterior changes to be Subaru Outback are minimal; however, inside you can expect the new crossover to get a major overhaul. If it’s anything like the Subaru legacy, it’ll get brand-new, luxurious materials and an updated dash design with the latest iteration of Subaru’s EyeSight technology suite – a compilation of features such as lane departure warning, brake monitoring, and “active” cruise control. We also know it’ll offer more cargo capacity than the outgoing model.

Subaru’s goal with the Outback has always been to pair car-like handling with SUV capability. From what we can tell so far, the upcoming Subaru Outback will do exactly that, and better than it ever has before. Although there is still a lot that we don’t know about the hipster Japanese automaker’s crossover, we’re certainly excited to see what secrets it holds at the 2014 New York Motor Show.

Oh, and if you’d like to keep tabs on the 2015 Subaru Outback for yourself, along with any other cars Subie may decide to unveil in New York, then be sure to bookmark their dedicated web page for the event at http://www.subaru-global.com/2014ny.html.

Until then, thanks for reading and stay tuned tomorrow for more Japanese car news!


Refined 2015 Subaru Legacy Unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

When most automakers find themselves with a failing vehicle in their lineup, their first goal is to make the car appear more exciting. You can just imagine the conversation that some higher-up would have with a designer: “I really want you to make this car stick out; we want a car that’s exciting to drive.”

Subaru has a different approach. Instead of exciting, they want refined, and that’s exactly what they showed us with their 2015 Subaru Legacy, unveiled this week at the Chicago Motor Show:

Subaru Legacy 2015

Sales for the Subaru Legacy fell by a little more than 10% in 2013, and the mid-size sedan was never really at the top of the pack to begin with. So, with the latest redesign of their flagship sedan, Subaru has gone in a different direction. Where the current Subaru Legacy is/was bulbous and curvy, the 2015 Subaru Legacy will be crisp and linear.

Best of all?

If you compare the production-version of the Subaru Legacy unveiled yesterday in Chicago to the Legacy Concept we saw last fall in LA – guess what? They’re almost identical! That’s the sort of thing that makes an automotive journalist happy; we hate being misled by exceedingly over-the-top concept cars, and the Legacy turned out as nothing of the sort. Check out the Subaru Legacy Concept from last year:

Subaru Legacy concept

The biggest differences lie in the interior design and the absence of air vents from the front and rear. The Legacy Concept had a much more futuristic interior, but you can’t fault Subaru for dressing up its show car.

But, enough about old concepts, let’s talk about what lies beneath that luxurious redesign of the new Subaru Legacy.

The 2015 Subaru legacy will keep the same powertrain options as the outgoing model, with the exception of its manual transmissions. Instead, Subaru has mandated that a Lineartronic CVT shall be the transmission of choice for all Legacies. The engines will remain with the same displacement, but the 2.5L boxer will get a tune-up to 175bhp from 173. However, both the 2.5L and the 3.6L will get an extra 3mpg on average, putting the car’s fuel efficiency at the top of the AWD mid-size sedan class.

You wouldn’t be able to tell it from the picture, but the 2015 Subaru legacy has also been stretched out by approximately 2 inches, which equals more space for rear passengers, and a little extra volume in the trunk. According to Subaru, this is the roomiest Legacy ever with the largest-size passenger cabin of any vehicle in the midsize segment. It’s also apparently the quietest Legacy ever, with much special attention paid to interior comfort and refinement. That interior comfort also includes entertainment, with the sedan featuring a brand-new infotainment system and 12-speaker “premium audio”.

The sedan also gets a plethora of new safety technologies, including EyeSight driver assist, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

All in all, the 2015 Subaru Legacy looks primed and ready to break the downward spiral of its predecessor. The only question left is pricing, which we will learn more about closer to the car’s unspecified launch date sometime in the latter half of 2014.

Until then, thanks for reading, and come back next week for more Japanese car news!


2014 Subaru Legacy Teased Ahead of Chicago Debut

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, February 1st, 2014

The 2014 Chicago Motor Show is next week, so it’s not too surprising that we’ve begun to see an influx of automotive previews this week as automakers drum up hype for their newest creations.

The latest teaser to hit the web is that of the next-gen Subaru Legacy. To preview the production version of their flagship sedan, they released the below image with a short press blurb.

New Subaru Legacy Teaser Image

As it happens, 2014 is actually the Subaru Legacy’s 25th birthday, making it a special year for the Japanese brand’s beloved mid-size sedan. In this, the Legacy’s 25th anniversary year, it seems proper that Subaru will turn a new leaf and reignite their fans’ passion for their flagship model. We’re hoping that the new Legacy will finally be the car that breaks the cycle of ‘exciting concept, boring car’.

By way of comparison, this is the Subaru Legacy Concept we saw at the 2013 LA Motor Show:

Subaru Legacy concept

As you can see, it looks as if the production model has retained most of the Legacy Concept’s most appealing stylistic attributes. Even in the darkened teaser, you can still see the elegant, swooping beltline, the coupe-ish silhouette and a similar-but-tamer version of the head and taillights. The teaser showcases several new attributes as well – the front clip has been elongated slightly, and the roofline has been heightened for more interior space.

Subaru’s short press release says mostly the same:

“The all-new Legacy is a mid-size sports sedan which offers enhanced driveability and functionality while achieving a design required for a flagship model with a quality feel. Its styling fused with functionality such as roominess and visibility embodies the design direction proposed by the “Legacy Concept” at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.”

Unfortunately, we really don’t know anything more than what we can glean of the car’s exterior from the teaser photo. We have no idea what the interior will feel like, or what kind of enhancements the various trim packages will offer.

We can safely assume that the powertrain will feature some sort of combination of boxer engine and CVT, likely configured for all-wheel drive, but we’ve no actual numbers to give you.

What we can tell you is this:

The Subaru Legacy is ready to compete.

The mid-size sedan segment is a competitive one – Accord, Camry, Fusion, Altima, just to name a few – and with this new, modernized Legacy, Subaru’s looking to take on an even bigger chunk of that market. When the car goes on sale (likely) at the end of 2014, Subaru hopes its Legacy will be even more appealing to the young and the sporty than its boxy predecessors. All in all, we’re just waiting to be impressed when the car is finally unveiled on February 6th, next Thursday.


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 Legacy Concept Unveiled Ahead of the 2013 LA Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Subaru Legacy concept

After discussing the new Subaru WRX yesterday, it seems fitting that today we would follow up with a discussion of the other new vehicle Subaru will debut at the upcoming 2013 LA Motor Show. It’s called the Subaru Legacy Concept, and as of today we have official images of what the new premiere will look like.

Want to learn more? Just keep reading.

For your information, the Subaru Legacy Concept will eventually become the 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan. Basically, Subaru has had great success with their recently updated / released BRZ, Impreza and XV Crosstrek, each catering to a wildly different market. So, this concept is a pointer in the direction they want to take the current Legacy sedan, as well as an overall prequel to Subaru’s vision for its design language.

This Legacy Concept is of particular importance because it also celebrates the Subaru Legacy’s 25th year of production. It’s a testament to the great advances Subaru has made over the past quarter-century. And, at least from the images, it looks like the concept has what it takes to hold up 25 years of history.

In typical show car fashion, the Subaru Legacy Concept features an extremely sporty aesthetic. Looking more coupe than sedan, the concept looks more like something you would expect from Infiniti or Lexus than from Subaru.

The Legacy Concept has all the makings of a trendy concept. It’s got the rising belt line, the slanted hawk-eye LEDs, the overbearingly strong grille, the sporty air intakes, the flared fenders and the muscular 21-inch wheels to compete with the best of them. And, the swanky exterior also features a new custom color called Ocean Silver Metallic, which we’re sure will look will look even better in-the-metal.

Sadly, we really don’t know much else about the Subaru Legacy Concept or the 2015 Subaru Legacy which it will eventually produce. All we know is that the flared wheel arches are intended to “hint at the standard Subaru Symmetrical all-wheel drive drivetrain.”

And as we know, Subaru has a bad habit of building up lots of enthusiasm for stellar concepts, only to turn them into drab and ordinary production models (the new Subaru WRX, anyone?) which will also be at the 2013 LA Motor Show. Let’s hope the next-gen Legacy doesn’t turn out the same way.

Other than the Subaru Legacy Concept and of the new Subaru WRX, the only other newbie Subie we stand to see in LA is the Tribeca replacement. But, don’t hold your breath – Subaru has adamantly refused to give us a timeline for that vehicle, which it says will be a seven-seater. Either way, the only way to know for sure is to come back next week when doors open at the 2013 LA Motor Show. So, stay tuned!