The Japanese automaker just broke cover on the new 2018 Subaru Legacy ahead of the its scheduled public unveiling at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show next week.
Subaru decided to redesign the 2015 model for this mid-cycle refresh. We weren’t surprised by the list of updates the 2018 Subaru Legacy received, it seems to be the norm these days.
The styling of the front and rear bumpers has been updated. The interior receives improved materials and Android Auto/Apple Car Play in addition to an upgraded StarLink infotainment system with several new safety features onboard.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy receives the same engines as before. The 2.5i model is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 175-hp and the 3.6R range topping model receives a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine that produces 256-hp and 247 lb-ft of torque.
Both trims receive a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with an upgraded ECU unit that provides smoother acceleration and more responsiveness.
If you choose the 2.5i, you can have it in base, Premium, Sport and Limited trims. Go for the 3.6R and you can have it in Limited only. Both models receive torque vectoring and all-wheel-drive as standard.
The new design incorporates C-shaped headlights and LED daytime running lights into the lower grille in the front while the LED headlights and fog lights are still available. The rear bumper receives less changes and has apparently been reshaped to look wider although it remains the same width as before.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy rolls back some previous changes and returns the dampers for more comfort and electric-assist power steering for a linear smoother response. The brake pedals are also firmer.
It’s also quieter on the inside thanks to a revised CVT transmission that receives noise-reduction updates via adjusted engine timing and an extra chain.
On the inside, the Legacy receives better materials and an improved Starlink infotainment system. On the higher spec models, you get stitching on the door panels, seats and dashboard. The steering wheel design is new with a better overall look and feel.
The updated Starlink system includes larger screens that range from 7.0 to 8.0 inches on the higher trim levels with a faster CPU, while on the lower spec models are down to 6.2-6.5 inches. You can also update the system via wifi, and enjoy the luxuries of Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Safety features on the 2018 Subaru Legacy include; Reverse Automatic Braking that detects objects in the rearview camera and brakes when necessary and steering-linked adaptive headlights offered with the new LED headlights.