Subaru's 2020 Legacy sedan gets an available 260hp turbo engine

Subaru's 2020 Legacy sedan gets an available 260hp turbo engine

Subaru's 2020 Legacy sedan gets an available 260hp turbo engine

All but the base Legacy feature the largest infotainment screen on a mainstream mid-size sedan.

Last year, medium passenger cars under $60,000 fell 30 per cent to finish below 29,000 units for only a 2.5 per cent grip on the market, with Liberty's share of the segment at 5.5 per cent.

Turbocharged versions of the Liberty always sold well in Australia - but as we reported earlier this week, the current Liberty may well be the last one to be sold in Australia.

GoAuto understands that the Japanese manufacturer has not committed to right-hand-drive production of the new Liberty - or Legacy as it is known in the United States - and that the slowing rate of sales in the mid-size passenger auto segment in Australia and other right-hook markets means its future is now the subject of an internal review. It has received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top ranking for 14 consecutive years.

Subaru also claims the new car's body is capable of absorbing 40 per cent more energy in front and side crashes.

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For the first time in a USA model, the 2020 Subaru Legacy adds lane centering capability. Optional on Limited and standard on XT trims is a camera used to monitor the person behind the wheel for signs of fatigue. Nappa leather is available on higher-end trim levels, which Subaru says is a first for its models.

Another first for the 2020 Legacy is the Front View Monitor, standard on the Touring XT. The large size of the screen also enables a new Front View Monitor feature that shows a 180-degree view around the front of the auto. The XT variant packs Subaru's 194kW 2.4-litre turbocharged flat-four petrol engine, teamed up with a CVT auto and AWD drivetrain.

All versions of the 2020 Legacy feature all-wheel-drive.

The base engine is a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer with 136kW of power at 5800rpm, and 239Nm of torque at 4400rpm.

While the exterior is best described as a gentle evolution of the present vehicle, the interior has been given a much bigger upgrade. It makes 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque and can propel the 2020 Legacy from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.6 seconds. Like the turbo package, it is paired with a CVT gearbox. Estimated fuel economy for the engines is 9.8 city and 7.4 highway L/100 km; and 8.7 city and 6.7 highway L/100 km, respectively. The outside of the Legacy doesn't look all that different apart from some new front intakes-it's the inside where Subaru has really gone hard with the changes. The new model even gets NFC, or Near Field Communication, technology to simplify phone pairing for hands-free operation.

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Visually, Subaru set out to give the 2020 Legacy a more aggressive design, based on an internal design theme dubbed "Bold in Movement".

Perhaps more important than its minor styling updates are the new Touring and updated Sport models.

As is the norm, Subaru plans to offer plenty of accessories such as roof mounting brackets, to make it easy to carry things as diverse as external cargo carriers and surfboards.

Pricing will be announced closer to the 2020 Legacy's fall arrival at United States showrooms.

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