With the unveiling of a turbocharged 2020 Legacy, Subaru was the talk of the town at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. Although the debuted model bears a striking resemblance to its last-gen sedan, the all-new ‘20 Subaru Legacy is assuredly far from a carbon copy of the 2019 Legacy. In fact, the hotly anticipated Legacy has been completely revamped, inside and out, and its release will set the stage for Subaru’s busiest autumn in years. (Like the upcoming 2020 Outback, the seventh-generation Legacy is scheduled to go on sale early this fall at Jim Burke Subaru in Birmingham or a Subaru dealership near you.)
So, what’s the deal with the new-and-improved 2020 Legacy? Take a look.
New Turbo Engine
Not since 2012 has the Legacy been available with a turbocharged engine. That trend flips with the 2020 Subaru Legacy; a beefy 2.4L turbo-four, which produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque, will be available in select range-topping Legacy trims. This beast of an engine will break the 60-mph mark in 6.1 seconds while achieving a combined 28-mpg EPA rating.
If the 2020 Legacy’s base powertrain – a 2.5L boxer engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque – looks familiar, it’s because it is. That same engine is found on the Subaru Forester, though Subaru brass claims the upcoming Legacy will be able to hit 60 mph in under 8.4 seconds. This power plant will return up to 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
All 2020 Subaru Legacy models will come standard with a CVT and all-wheel drive.
Built on the Subaru Global Platform
The 2020 Subaru Legacy shares a platform with most of its family members, including the Impreza, Ascent, Forester, and Crosstrek. That’s a good thing — great even — as most everyone has been impressed with newer Subaru models that have migrated to the Subaru Global Platform in recent years.
Updated with 13% more high-strength steel and a foam floor cross-section, the Subaru Global Platform provides a lower center of gravity, an unmatched suspension system, and upgraded frame rigidity to improve steering and handling. Crash protection is also boosted, as the new platform absorbs about 40% more energy caused by a frontal or side collision.
Future owners of the 2020 Legacy, say hello to Subaru’s largest display ever made. The available 11.6-inch touchscreen, which looks suspiciously like a portrait-oriented tablet stuffed into the central stack, is bright, beautiful, and bold. But that’s not all! This enormous touchscreen also includes a split-screen display and an all-new Front View Monitor feature, which, as you’d guess by its name, provides a 180-degree view of the front of the Legacy.
Base Subaru Legacy cars come with a duo of 7.0-inch screens, stacked one on top of the other.
Another first for the Legacy lineup: built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Not much more to say about that.
Subaru claims the 2020 model will be the largest and most comfortable Legacy ever. It will include a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with two-position memory settings, a an all-new power passenger seat with height adjustments, road-deafening cabin materials, heated and ventilated seats, Nappa leather trimmings, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system with Clari-Fi™ and GreenEdge™, and increases in shoulder room, hip room, and rear legroom.
EyeSight Driver Assist Technology with Lane Centering
Leading its class in active safety systems, the 2020 Legacy will come standard with EyeSight Driver Assist. Found to reduce rear-end crashes by as much as 85%, Subaru EyeSight’s suite includes a wide array of safety tech, such as:
- Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering – AACC pairs with an all-new Lane Centering Function system, which provides steering assistance when the Legacy swerves out of its lane;
- Blind-Spot Detection – Warns you, via visible indicators in your side-view mirrors, when there’s a vehicle in your blind spot;
- Rear Cross–Traffic Alert – When backing up, this system will alert you when another vehicle is approaching from your side;
- Reverse Automatic Braking – Your Legacy will automatically brake when reversing if a collision with an object or another vehicle is detected;
- DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation – Certain 2020 Legacy cars will come equipped with this system, which uses facial recognition software to identify and alert you when you’re distracted or fatigued; and
- LED Steering Responsive Headlights with High Beam Assist – High Beam Assist will automatically switch your high beams on and off depending on traffic conditions, while LED Steering Responsive Headlights track the direction of your steering wheel to improve visibility.
Additionally, the 2020 Legacy will also be available with SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services, Safety Plus, and STARLINK Concierge packages.
2020 Subaru Legacy: Release Date
Safe, reliable, and better than ever before, the redesigned Subaru Legacy will be available in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and new Limited XT and Touring XT trims this fall at our Subaru dealership in Birmingham. For updates or details about our upcoming Subaru Legacy offers in Birmingham, pick up your mobile and contact Jim Burke Subaru at (205) 588-6281. We’d be happy to add your name to our 2020 Legacy waiting list
In the meantime, celebrate “What Will Be Your Legacy Month” this August by testing out and leasing the current 2019 Legacy at our car dealership near Hoover. Swing by Jim Burke Subaru at 1301 5th Ave N in Birmingham, AL, to take a walkthrough of the Legacy or any of our new Subaru models for sale.
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