2015 Subaru Legacy gets more refined

 allcarschannel The 2015 Subaru Legacy introduced at last year’s LA Auto Show is slated to hit U.S. Subaru dealership in the Sunmmer. The new Legacy epitomizes a Sedan with a standout design, interior refinement, safety technology and exemplary fuel efficiency along with the largest cabin space in the midsize sedan segment. (click to enlarge)

On the outlook, the new Subaru Legacy gets a sleeker, more coupe-like profile thanks to a one-piece nosecone front section that combines the grille and bumper. A more raked windshield means that visibility has been vastly improved, while a light aluminum hood ensures lighter load on the front wheels, thus assuring a better steering response. The side and rear of the mid-sized sedan remain true to its predecessor’s design preposition. Wheel and tyre sizes range from 17 inches to 18 inches; base Legacy to the Limited edition.

In addition, the Legacy has a 10 percent aerodynamic efficiency improvement which ultimately reduces fuel consumption. All 2015 Legacy 2.5i trim levels debut a standard Active Grille Shutter system, which helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance when closed. For the top-of-the-line Legacy 3.6R Limited and optional for the 2.5i Premium, Subaru has added HID headlights, U-shaped rear and brake lights and special trimmings on the turn signal exterior mirrors.

Inside, the new Legacy boasts a roomier passenger cabin, at 104.6 cu. ft. (up from 103 cu. ft.). Rear seat legroom measures a generous 38.1 inches. The Legacy’s trunk has been enlarged to 15.0 cu. ft., up slightly from 14.7 cu. ft. for the 2014 version, a significant point considering that the standard Symmetrical AWD system requires packaging for the multilink rear suspension, a rear differential and drive axles. A standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seat expands carrying capacity.

Refined interior schematics and amenities for the 2015 Subaru Legacy

Two binocular-style gauge pods with a 3.5 center LCD display fit nicely inside the sporty instrument panel. Whereas, an ECO gauge, electro-luminescent with elegant blue ring illumination, indicates and promotes fuel-efficient driving habits using color bars.

Interior highlights include new soft-touch materials, thicker cushioning for armrests, heater control panel, a one-touch lane changer switch, windows with pinch protection, and a host of infotainment offerings. The Legacy’s standard infotainment system comprises a 6.2-inch touchscreen that facilitates Subaru’s StarLink connectivity, rear vision camera, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control, USB, Aux connectivity and radio. The Legacy limited gets a 576-Watt equivalent AM/FM/HD Radio unit with 12 harman/kardon speakers, a front center speaker and a rear subwoofer; while the 2.5i Premium has a 7-inch touchscreen and is fitted with a 6-speaker audio system.

Subaru’s flagship sedan get improved driver’s assistance systems

Under the hood, the Legacy limited’s 3.6-liter BOXER powerplant boasts an output of 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of peak torque, mated to a high-torque Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with 6-speed manual mode that can be activated via steering paddle switches. The regular Legacy 2.5i (2.5 cc)  has an output of 175 hp @ 5,800 rpm and peak torque  of 174 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm. Additionally, there are functions such as Incline Start Assist, electronic Hill Holder system and Active Torque Split across the Legacy line-up.

Safety-wise, the 2015 Legacy is one of the first Subaru variants to incorporate an improved EyeSight system and rear radar system that supports new driver-assistance technologies.

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