Subaru has unveiled a new New Zealand-bound Legacy variant at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.
The Model Year 2013 car features a new grille, front bumpers, and sporty sills with chrome-type highlights, exclusive 18-inch wheels and ride height raised 60 mm.
Interior detail changes include black metal-type centre panel, centre console and steering switch panel, while the electronic park brake and SI-Drive switches are relocated for easier use.
“This new Legacy variant will be ideal for kiwi rural roads,” said Wallis Dumper, the Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand. “We have a huge percentage of unsealed surfaces and the extra ride height adds to its capability in regional and rural areas.
“Another key aspect of this new Legacy variant is that the hip point is 70 mm higher than the current sedan, making entry and exit easier, which should really suit some of those traditional Calais and Fairmont drivers who you witness climbing out of their “gravel-rashed” vehicles in most rural communities.”
“Only three markets in the world – Australia, China and New Zealand – are getting this new variant, recognising some of the unique road conditions experienced in these countries.”
“It is still an enlightening statistic that a lot of our rural roads are unsealed, about a third in fact”.
“Obviously our All Wheel Drive Legacy is a great choice for these conditions and the new variant with its extra ground clearance makes an even stronger case, plus it provides a suitable environment for the farming executive of today”.
“We see its main market to be in rural areas, but it will also be ideal for those with tricky driveways, those who travel with trailers, boats and caravans, or just those who want a sedan where you can sit a bit higher.
“The new variant will initially be available in New Zealand with a 3.6 litre engine with potential for the smaller 2.5-litre engine at a later date.”
Pricing and release dates will be advised later.
Mr Dumper added: “While other Legacy in the range will retain their existing ride height, some of the other enhancements in the new variant will be shared by other Legacy in the MY13 line-up when it goes on sale later this year.
“This new variant gives us another opportunity to bring something different to market and judging by the success of our other recent offerings, including XV and Impreza; we can see a lot of potential.”