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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Subaru Levorg 1.6GT-S

Posted by Stephen On Monday, January 26th, 2015

Late last week we looked at a new aftermarket kit from Subaru called the Levorg S Concept. Discussing that kit made us realize that we’ve yet to spotlight any of Subaru’s new compact wagons in our Japanese car auction database. So, today we fired up Integrity Exports and found this beautiful near-new Levorg 1.6GT-S that we really think you’ll like:

2014 Subaru Levorg

As we mentioned in that previous blog post, the Levorg has been a huge hit in Japan. It’s only been on sale for one year in Subaru’s domestic market, but already it has received a wide array of accolades, including Japan’s Good Design Award 2014. As a 2014MY, today’s auction find is one of those award-winning models in a metallic black paint job.

The Levorg is currently offered with two powertrains – a 1.6L boxer with direct-injection turbo (DIT) that outputs roughly 168 hp, and a sportier 2.0L H4 DOHC turbo engine that outputs a hefty 295hp.

Both engines utilize Subaru’s newly developed DIT compression technology, and the smaller one in particular offers truly exceptional fuel efficiency and surprising performance given the horsepower. In fact, the 1.6L is so impressive that it won Japan Combustion Society’s “Technology Award” in 2014, and Subaru plans to adopt the technology into the Levorg’s international cousins like the Legacy and Impreza ASAP.

2014 Subaru Levorg rear view

Today’s auction find is a 2014 Levorg 1.6GT-S EyeSight, which means it’s a slightly sportier base model powered by one of those new super-efficient, smaller displacement engines. But, you’ll enjoy immense fuel savings with a superb 41 miles to the gallon, or 17.4 km/l. With the Lineartronic CVT, you’ll enjoy classic Subaru smoothness, with the capability for a surprisingly engaging drive via the transmission’s Subaru Intelligent Drive mode (SI-Drive).

As you can see, the exterior aesthetic of the Subaru Levorg is a big reason why this wagon has done so well. The 1.6GT-S model in particular offers the perfect mix of sporty and functional. It gets those extra premium touches like the piano black mesh grille and prominent front spoilers, complete with Subaru’s hawk eye headlights. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a hood scoop like that, and the ever-so-slight rear spoiler is a nice touch. We also particularly like those eye-catching gunmetal alloys that solidify the car’s overall high-tech look.

2014 Subaru Levorg interior

The interior of this 2014 Levorg 1.6GT-S is a perfect follow-up to the exterior design. While you won’t get the leather upholstery of true premium cars, the actual design and layout of the cabin could have you fooled. Even with cloth, the seats are very comfortable and high-quality, and you’ll really enjoy the dual-screen system Subaru employs on the dash. One screen is for navigation, the other is for infotainment and safety features.

All in all, we’re happy to see the Subaru Levorg finally making its way into Japanese car auctions. If you’d like to see more great Japanese cars up for auction, you can access our Integrity Exports database with a free trial. Otherwise, keep reading below the auction sheet for full translation of this 2014 Subaru Levorg 1.6GT-S’ auction sheet:

2014 Subaru Levorg auction sheet

“Grade 5, interior A, first registered September 2014, 1.6 GT Eyesight, FAT, AAC, DBA emissions code, original AWs, power steering, power windows, airbag, first time in auction, Strada SD navigation system, digital TV, SD recording possible, steering wheel switches, 2 x smart key, push button starter, Eyesight Version 3, maker option welcome lighting, LED lights, paddle shift, Si Drive, scratches and dents, marks as per map”


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 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.