2015 Subaru Legacy Prototype Spotted Testing in Michigan





Due to Subaru's standard five-year product cycles, it comes as no surprise that the sixth-generation Legacy is receiving a complete overhaul.  The prototype for the all-new and completely redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy was recently observed during a developmental test drive in Michigan.  Expected to be unveiled at the beginning of next year, the prototype was heavily camouflaged, but not enough to deter a whirlwind of speculation.


Several elements on the new Legacy have apparently been borrowed from the Subaru WRX concept that was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, including a more aggressive fascia with a rectangular grille; a sleeker, coupe-like profile with a sloping roofline; and dual-exhaust tips. Thick rearview mirrors imply the addition of Eyesight, the smart cruise control option available on 2014 Subaru Foresters.  Sweptback projector-beam headlights and C-shaped LED tail lights are also visible, along with deep side creases running the entire length of the body.


The base 2.5i model is expected to feature the presently offered 2.5-liter, four-cylinder powertrain, and continue to kick out 173 horsepower. The new Legacy was seen testing alongside an Audi Allroad and an Infiniti G37x, which strongly suggests that symmetrical all-wheel drive will remain standard.  6-speed manual transmission and CVT (continuously variable transmission) are also expected to remain as options.  Moreover, there's been buzz about scores of technical features and an improved navigation system, in addition to a completely revamped interior.

 

Rumor has it that the 2.5GT will make a comeback this year, but with a smaller 2.0-liter turbo in lieu of its predecessor's 2.5-liter engine.  This 2.0-liter mill is presently featured in the 2014 Subaru Forester, where it delivers a solid 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. 


There's also talk of a hybrid model in the making, as part of Subaru's Motion-V strategy to lessen the fuel expenditure and emissions of its cars by 30 percent by the year 2015.  This model will likely take the place of the current 3.6R six-cylinder Legacy.




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