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2015 Subaru Legacy sedan revealed

Next-generation of Subaru's mid-size sedan debuts at Chicago auto show

Published: February 6, 2014, 7:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:46 PM

Subaru showed us what it called a 2015 Legacy sedan concept car at the Los Angeles auto show last November. This week, at the Chicago auto show, it revealed the real thing – and, as expected, they're not much different.

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That's a good thing, for both the concept and the production version are handsome cars – not pushing any styling boundaries but very much in tune with the current norms for the class.

Subaru says the new Legacy has the largest passenger cabin in that mid-size class, which includes such sales heavyweights as the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima.

It's also the only one in the segment with standard all-wheel-drive, which now includes Active Torque Vectoring. Also standard in the new model is a Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), which insiders claim to be an attribute, unlike some other CVTs on the market.

Fuel consumption with the standard 2.5-litre boxer engine, which features less weight, improved efficiency and quieter operation, is said to be near the top of the class and fuel consumption is better than in some front-wheel-drive competitors.

Newly available features include an improved version of Subaru's camera-based EyeSight system and a rear radar system, both of which support new driver-assistance technologies.

The new 2015 Legacy, which will be built in the U.S., in Indiana, is scheduled to go on sale at Subaru dealerships this summer.