The All-New 2020 Subaru Legacy Actually Looks Normal

2020 Subaru Liberty unveiled

The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is pulled from the Forester and makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.

The EZ36 six-cylinder boxer and EJ25 turbo four-cylinder engine have been discontinued, leaving the Legacy with the FA24 and FB25.

More specifically, the Subaru Global Platform is 70 per cent stiffer in torsional and front suspension rigidity, and 100 per cent stiffer in front lateral flex and rear subframe rigidity. This welcome news is tempered a bit by the transmission with which it is paired: The Lineartronic CVT with a manual shifting mode.

A new iteration of Subaru's Starlink interface debuts on the 2020 Legacy and comes standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a rearview camera.

Legacy makes it's global debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The sprint to 60 will take a couple extra seconds with this unit but the tradeoff, Subaru says, will be slightly better city/highway fuel efficiency rating of 27/35 mpg.

Turbocharged versions of the Liberty always sold well in Australia - but as we reported earlier this week, the current Liberty may well be the last one to be sold in Australia. The lightly-accented wheelarches are one of the few remaining hints of its rally-themed predecessors. Subaru says this motor is good for a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of 8.4 seconds. Subaru claims its new mid-sizer is 70-per-cent stiffer in torsional and front suspension rigidity, and 100-per-cent stiffer in front lateral and rear subframe rigidity than the existing vehicle, which bodes well for crash safety, as well as dynamic ability.

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The new Legacy's revamped interior centers around a tablet-style 11.6-inch Full HD multimedia display, the largest infotainment system ever in a Subaru. Subaru also notes that the windscreen has been enlarged. And to clarify, the 11.6-inch screen is standard on Premium, Sport, and Limited, as well as the range-topping Touring, which also adds navigation at no charge.

In the U.S., all Legacy trims will come as standard with the EyeSight suite of driver assistance systems, with Lane Centering Function being a new add-on. Optional on Legacy Limited, and standard on all XT trims, is an infrared system that chides with an alarm and a visual alert if it detects wandering eyes or a tired driver behind the wheel.

A front-view monitor is standard on the Touring XT to help reveal blind spots in front of the sedan.

But it's no secret that the medium/large sedan market in this country is shrinking - unlike the Outback wagon's robust "all-terrain" niche - which begs the question, is engineering a new-gen Liberty for right-hand drive markets like Australia worth the effort?

Pricing will be announced closer to the official sales launch of the 2020 Subaru Legacy next autumn.

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