On October 7, 2021, Subaru officially announced the crossover SUV “Legacy Outback”. In this article, we’ve rounded up the highlights of the new Legacy Outback, from how it’s changed from its predecessor to the grade differences.
What is Legacy Outback?
The first generation was born in 1994 in the North American market. It debuted in the Japanese market in 1995 under the name “Legacy Grand Wagon”.
The Legacy is Subaru’s flagship upper-middle class sedan that debuted in 1989. A station wagon “Legacy Touring Wagon” was added at the time of minor changes in 1992.
The Legacy Touring Wagon was a sporty model equipped with a high-powered engine, and was highly praised for its unusual wagon-like driving performance.
In 1993, Legacy received a full model change and became the second generation. The following year, in 1994, the first generation “Outback” was released in North America, and in 1995 it was introduced to the Japanese market and released under the name of “Legacy Grand Wagon”.
Since its first generation, the Legacy Outback has built up its history as a crossover SUV that combines the strengths of a station wagon and an SUV.
Through successive models, Subaru says, “We have continued to refine the essential value of a car, such as a sense of security and comfort that allows you to continue driving, loadability that allows you to load your luggage efficiently, and a high-quality interior.”
The front view has a dynamic shape with a large grille opening. The front grill adopts a large hexagon grill with a strong presence. It claims to be Subaru’s flagship model.
In addition, the lower grille is large and decorated to express texture and strength. In addition, the LED fog lamps also use a hexagon motif to express Subaru’s uniqueness.
The cladding (the resin part of the wheel arches) has been enlarged to create a tough and powerful impression. The body panel surface is thick and voluminous to express night vision and toughness. Subaru reportedly said, “A design that makes you feel ‘strong’ that seems to go anywhere.”
The rear uses a rear combination lamp with a three-dimensional effect. It expresses a reliable, advanced and sharp image.
Predecessor Legacy Outback
The body size is larger than its predecessor, but the minimum turning radius remains the same. Ensures maneuverability.
Body color is a lineup of all nine colors. Among these, “Brilliant Bronze Metallic” and “Autumn Green Metallic” are new colors.
* All the images below are “Limited EX”
Brilliant Bronze Metallic [New Color]
Storm Gray Metallic [New Color]
sapphire blue pearl
crimson red pearl
autumn green metallic
crystal white pearl
ice silver metallic
magnetite gray metallic
crystal black silica
Regarding the interior of the new Legacy Outback, Subaru says, “We have created a high-quality and comfortable space that combines a refreshing sense of openness and a sense of protection.”
An 11.6-inch center information display and infotainment system is installed in the center of the instrument panel.
Tan Nappa leather seats available as an option on Limited EX
The standard seats on the Limited EX are black nappa leather with silver stitching. The “X-BREAK EX” comes with a black fabric sheet and a tough water-repellent polyurethane sheet (green stitch, dark gray).
Equipped with a hands-free open power rear gate.
Horizontally opposed 1.8L direct injection turbo (DIT) engine
The new Legacy Outback is equipped with a horizontally opposed 1.8L direct injection turbocharged (DIT) engine that produces a maximum output of 130kW/177PS and a maximum torque of 300Nm. This engine is the same one that is installed in the Levorg.
The predecessor is a 2.5L engine, so it is downsized. In addition, the lineup for the North American specification includes a newly developed 2.4L direct-injection turbo engine and a 2.5L direct-injection naturally aspirated engine (the same engine as the domestic specification predecessor. Tuning is different).
On the other hand, the 1.8L turbo gives the impression of being small, but the Subaru has a torque of 300N・m, which is more powerful than its predecessor (+65N・m compared to its predecessor). It is said that there is no problem because it is easy to run under circumstances and fuel efficiency is good.
The transmission uses the same lineartronic (CVT: continuously variable transmission) as the previous model. In addition, it is a significantly improved version with more than 80% of the components renewed compared to the conventional model, and has improved fuel efficiency by improving start acceleration performance and lowering the engine speed during high-speed cruising.
The fuel efficiency of the new Legacy Outback is 15.8km/L (WLTC mode). It is improved from 14.3km / L of the predecessor.
The new Legacy Outback is also sold in North America and Europe. The undercarriage has been tuned according to the road conditions in each region.
In the Japanese specification, the damping force in the compression direction of the damper is lowered to suppress the rugged feeling, and the extension direction is increased to cancel the fluffy feeling (European specification). .
Equipped with “X MODE” that automatically controls the distribution of driving force according to road conditions