Subaru aiming to pick up big car buyers

Subaru aiming to pick up big car buyers

Subaru has launched its new generation Subaru Legacy, with its sights on the larger end of the sedan market.

The local distributor says it considers the new model – which drops the usually popular wagon model – as a ‘large-sized medium car’.

Subaru New Zealand managing director Wallis Dumper says the company wants to provide an option for those displaced by the impending end of large, rear-wheel-drive Australian cars.

“We know there are many Kiwis facing the challenge of change in the next few years as they try to find an alternative to their large rear wheel drive Australian car,” Dumper says.

“Our guess is that not all of them will want a truck or front wheel drive car and this all new Legacy may truly surprise many with spaciousness, six cylinder boxer engine and stylish design all with the inbuilt practicality of our dependable all wheel drive.”

Flat-four and flat-six engines are available, with the 2.5i retailing for $39,990 and the 3.6RS at $49,990.

Along with Outback – which picks up the mantle of being the brands large wagon – Legacy has already gained a five-star ANCAP result. All models are equipped with Subaru’s Eyesight driver assist package. Eyesight included brake light recognition, pre-Collision Steering Assist.

All Legacy’s are more efficient too – 2.5i has reduced fuel consumption by 7.6 per cent in the combined cycle and emissions by 8.2%, while the 3.6 RS is 3.9% more efficient in the combined cycle and has 5.0 per cent lower emissions.

2.5i models get active grille shutters and a start-stop system.

An all-new infotainment system provides new levels of onboard information and entertainment with speech recognition across a wide range of key functions. The 3.6 RS also has satellite navigation, with traffic updates and re-routing recommendations for the country’s major urban areas – Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga – Mt Maunganui, Wellington and Christchurch.

Legacy’s boot volume has increased – up 17 litres to 493 litres with a 60:40 split fold down rear seat backrest.

The 3.6RS joins the 2.5i in being paired to a ‘Lineartronic’ CVT transmission.

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