The fifth generation Subaru All Wheel Drive Legacy is on sale in New Zealand on 28th August with a complete new look, improved fuel economy and some technical advances across the range.
What’s stayed the same is Subaru’s All Wheel Drive system along with the Boxer engine and symmetrical drive train.
Fuel consumption is improved in every Legacy, including a substantial 10 per cent gain in automatic 2.5i models, on the combined cycle. Driver’s can also keep an eye on their progress with an economy gauge. Emissions performance is also improved across the entire range.
In real world fuel economy testing of Legacy around a 430km circuit from Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula. It was revealed that the vehicles can beat the claimed manufacturer fuel economy ratings with the Legacy 2.5i Sport 6-speed CVT auto Wagon achieving 6.78 l/100km and the Legacy 2.5i Premium CVT Sedan achieving 6.91 l/100km.
The test was completed with a passenger, air conditioning on, radio on, and 20kg of luggage in each vehicle. Official AA Fuel Economy tests will be completed on a similar course in September.
The larger cabin offers better shoulder, head and legroom. The sedan boot has more luggage space and the wagon also has a greater capacity, with a wider opening.
“We expect the new Legacy to be an outstanding alternative for traditional large car owners”, says Graeme Woodlands, Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand.
“The space and comfort offered by the new Legacy, along with our renowned All Wheel Drive system, means the large rear wheel drive buyer can now get superior handling and performance, and much improved fuel economy.”
The Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is now available as is the Legacy’s largest engine yet – a 3.6-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder boxer.
The All Wheel Drive Legacy also raises the safety bar with the addition of a knee SRS airbag for the driver and an engine “cradle” that folds to absorb energy in heavy frontal collisions.
The Lineartronic CVT is available on all 2.5-litre normally aspirated Legacy models and requires no transmission fluid replacement, unless being driven in severe conditions continually.
The largest Legacy engine yet — the compact and powerful 3.6-litre, six-cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer with 191 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque is available in the Legacy sedan. This engine can also run on 91 RON fuel.
A six-speed manual gearbox has been introduced on the entry-level Legacy 2.5i Sport, while steering wheel paddle shifters are standard on all CVT and automatic transmission models.
Automatic on/off headlights that respond to specific driving conditions and automatic windscreen wipers for optimum driver vision are standard on the 3.6R model.
Dual zone air conditioning is standard on all models and a keyless access and push button start system is fitted to the 3.6R model.
DataDot security is applied to every Legacy — in line with the entire Subaru range and service intervals are now at 12,500 kilometres/12 months for all models.
The new generation Legacy line-up is available in sedan and wagon and comprises the Legacy 2.5i Sport, with the choice of Lineartronic CVT or six-speed manual transmission and a very high level of standard specification from $41,490 for sedan and $42,990 for the wagon variant.
The Legacy 2.5i Premium adds leather trim, electric sunroof and rear air vents and costs $48,490 for the CVT only model sedan and $49,990 for the wagon.
A Legacy 2.5i Sport Spec.B — includes Lineartronic CVT transmission, plus sports front bumper, Bilstein suspension, alloy pedals, 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/45/R18 tyres and Xenon headlights with washers and unique sports interior trim for $47,490 for the sedan and $48,990 for the wagon.
The Legacy 3.6R Premium is only available as a sedan and includes the six-cylinder engine, five-speed automatic, leather trim, 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/50/R17 tyres, 10-way memory power drivers seat, 8-way power passenger seat, Xenon HID headlights, electric sunroof, push button start, rain sensing wipers and fully automatic dusk sensing headlights for $54,990.
The Legacy 2.0D Euro Spec Boxer diesel variant will be launched in mid-September and the high performance Legacy GT Spec.B will be launched in mid-October to complete the line-up.