Subaru Legacy debuts at Chicago auto show

2020 Subaru Legacy front

2020 Subaru Legacy front

But the redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy, which debuts at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, makes a strong case for itself. It has a bunch of models to its name today and has unveiled the all-new 2020 Legacy sedan.

The all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy doesn't just feature a wide range of active safety systems, it's also much improved compared to its predecessor when it comes to passive safety.

We understand, though, that the Liberty's slow local sales and the market's focus on crossovers and SUVs means that Subaru management is looking long and hard at whether bringing the seventh generation auto to Australia makes sense.

Outwardly, the panels have been bolstered and the trunk surface made thicker, which Subaru says was done with visual solidity in mind. Regardless of the powertrain, you're stuck with a continuously variable transmission.

Update: In the above video, we call the base Legacy's engine a 2.4-liter. This engine debuted in the latest Forester, and delivers 182 hp at 5,800 rpm and 239 Nm at 4,400 rpm - 0-96 km/h in 8.4 seconds. In the 2020 Legacy Sport, it's paired with an SI-DRIVE switch for adjustable drive modes.

The 260-horsepower and 277 lb. -ft. of torque mill replaces the aging 3.6-litre H6 as the top-line engine. The result, according to Subaru, is a zero to 60 miles per hour (97/ km/h) time of an "estimated 6,1 seconds". The FA24, on the other hand, is rated 24 city and 32 highway.

Either way, the 2020 Legacy uses an all-new suspension system for this seventh generation sedan. The rear suspension is a double-wishbone layout with a 19-mm hollow stabilizer bar. Four-wheel ventilated disc brakes are standard.

Inside, Subaru has overhauled the dash so it now features an 11.6-inch "Multimedia Plus" portrait-style infotainment touch-screen for the upper variants, with new controls for the climate and vehicle settings. The Touring trim throws in navigation as standard. Some versions include Harman Kardon speakers, too.

In terms of specs, the Limited and Touring grades come with 10-way power front seats with lumbar support, and seat heaters with three levels of temperature adjustment.

Another first for the 2020 Legacy is the Front View Monitor, standard on the Touring XT. Four USB ports - two up front, two in the rear - are included. That adds a lane-centering feature, which works with the adaptive cruise control to keep the sedan in the center of the lane. A DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System is also optional on Limited and standard on both XT trims, which uses a camera and facial recognition software to detect driver fatigue. The all-new seventh-generation 2020 Legacy XT models will go on sale at U.S. Subaru dealers this fall. Progressing down the sides, new side mirrors are now positioned closer to the A-pillars, while the fenders have been widened.

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