Subaru has dropped the first teaser image of the all-new Legacy, which will make its first public appearance at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show that opens on February 9, 2019.
Offering a glimpse into the cockpit, the picture reveals a big new portrait-style screen for the infotainment system. It will likely run an updated version of the brand’s software with access to MySubaru, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation and other functions.
The controls for the air conditioning have been positioned under the touchscreen display, thus giving the impression of a larger unit. The mid air vents have a vertical design, whereas the rest of the dashboard has been wrapped in leather, although this is very likely the range-topping model.
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Further down, the central console incorporates the USB and AUX ports. The gearshift lever is entirely new, and right next to it is a button that says 'View’. We’re not sure what this is yet, but it could be for the EyeSight active safety feature, or it might be used to access the front and/or rear cameras.
The seventh-gen Legacy is based on the brand’s global modular architecture shared with the Ascent, Forester and Impreza, which promises to improve handling and comfort, while also offering support for a possible future electrified version.
Potential engine candidates for powering the new Legacy are the Forester’s 2.5-liter for the base model, while the current car’s naturally-aspirated flat-six could be replaced by the Ascent’s 2.4-liter turbocharged four, mated to a CVT and standard all-wheel drive.
Subsequent to its introduction next week, the mid-size model will likely go on sale towards the end of spring or in summer to compete against the Mazda6, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and others.