The Japanese automaker Subaru has prepared the next-gen Legacy sedan after the concept version made its world debut at the LA Auto Show last year. The new model is likely to get a radical changes and redesign, both for exterior and interior. In terms of engine specs, Subaru has reportedly preparing a new hybrid powertrain to replace the old 3.6L engine, as well as will offer a 2.0L boxer engine borrowed from the 2014 Subaru Forester.
As we know, the 2015 Subaru Legacy Concept has made an impressive appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show and displayed beside the new WRX sedan. Overall, the exterior featuring a very radical design compared to the 2014 model year. The next Legacy brings futuristic and dynamic design combined with sharp body lines are sculpted from front end to the rear end.
The Legacy concept ride on 21-inch exclusive alloy wheels and carry standard equipment such as a dual exhaust system and new rear-diffuser. Inside, the upcoming production model will reportedly receive a slick redesign with a revised interior layout and utilizing high-quality materials in every aspect.
Unfortunately, as you can see in the picture, this is just a concept version that might be a big problem if its design is not applied to future production models. Legacy fans may not want to feel disappointed because the design concept was not applied to the production car. I just don’t want to see a similar problem as what just happened on the 2015 Subaru WRX, which looks very much different from the concept version of its stunning.
What we know so far is that the upcoming Outback wagon will have a similar design cue to the Legacy sedan concept. Both models have also undergone a secret test at the same time in Europe with less camouflage. At the front end, the development prototype version already applying a rectangular-grille design, while at the rear end there is a C-shaped taillight. No more details we can say about the exterior design, but we can still refer to the 2013 concept version.
Engine Specs, Horsepower and Torque
Under the hood, the next Legacy 2.5i (base model) reportedly still offer a 2.5-liter DOHC BOXER engine which features Dual Active Valve Control System and can generate at least 173 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. This means that the base 2.5i model will not get a change in terms of the engine specs.
Unlike the 2.5i models, the 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT will most likely be powered by a direct-injection 2.0-liter turbocharged BOXER engine capable of spewing up to 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. As we said in the above paragraph, this 2.0L turbo engine will be borrowed from the current Forester models.
The 3.6-liter six-cylinder BOXER engine will no longer be offered at the upcoming Legacy models, which currently offers at least 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. Instead, Subaru will offer a new hybrid powertrain and this system will probably have a lot of similarities with a diesel-hybrid powertrain that will soon be offered on the 2015 Subaru Outback. However, we don’t know for sure, it’s just some rumors suggest such a thing.
The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System will be offered as standard on all variants and the car will be available with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the Subaru Lineartronic CVT is optional on all variants.
2015 Subaru Legacy Release Date allegedly scheduled for later this year or early this fall (autumn)
As for the release schedule, the Japanese automaker has yet to officially announce the exact release date for the 2015 Subaru Legacy. But we can only guess that the new model is likely to be launched in the North American market later this year or early this fall. Official release schedule may be delayed for several reasons, so its sales are most likely to begin early next year.
Talking about its price tag, the new Legacy sedan is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships floor with starting price around $21,000. The base 2014 Legacy 2.5i is currently hitting the Subaru dealers nationwide with a starting MSRP of $20,295, while the Premium model priced at $23,295. The current 2.5i Sport models go on sale at a price of $25,295, followed by the Limited models that start at $25,895 and Legacy 3.6R Limited at a price of $28,895.