Subaru unveiled the new 7th Generation Legacy at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The Japanese automaker even referred to the midsize vehicle as a “sedan.” Here are the biggest changes.
The Legacy moves to the new “Subaru Global Platform” which improves “quietness, stability, and agility.” Subaru is replacing the top-tier 3.6-liter flat six with a turbocharged 2.4-liter Boxer with 260hp. The base 2.5-liter Boxer gets a modest upgrade to 182hp. Lest the Legacy feel outmoded, it will offer an 11.6-inch touchscreen, among the largest you’ll find in a non-Tesla vehicle.
Subaru says it followed a “Dynamic x Solid philosophy” with the Legacy design. It does not look dramatically different from the last generation. The biggest change is a raised trunk for “smooth connection to the C-pillar” for that popular fastback-esque feel. Subaru also addressed interior luxury with a new Touring trim offering “genuine Nappa leather.”
U.S. sales have been outstanding for Subaru. Though, that’s entirely down to the SUVs. The Outback and Forester do perennially strong numbers. The smaller Crosstrek is close behind. The Ascent also made a strong debut in 2018. The Legacy declined 20 percent year-over-year in 2018 and made up about six percent of U.S. sales for Subaru. The Impreza also saw a double-digit decline year-over-year.
The sedan market is declining. But, remains sizeable. With major automakers like Ford abandoning the sedan, there’s market share to be had for Subaru, Volkswagen and others.