Legacy 2012-2014

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GENERAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION

SUBARU LEGACY TOURER 2012

1. INTRODUCTION

New derivatives broaden Legacy Tourer range

  • Fresh, modern styling for more spacious Legacy Tourer
  • Two new entry-level models widen range’s appeal
  • Spacious cabin greatly enhances head, leg and shoulder room
  • Choice of diesel or petrol engines and manual or automatic transmission
  • Awarded 5-Star EuroNCAP crash safety tests
  • Seven-strong model range priced from £21,995 (OTR)

The Legacy Tourer, Subaru’s luxurious flagship model, offers fresh, modern styling and a spacious cabin.  Across more than two decades and through four previous generations, Subaru’s unique technologies in the Legacy – such as the Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system paired with the horizontally opposed (Subaru Boxer) engine – have delivered a very special blend of driving performance, comfort, durability and safety in the D-segment.

That special blend has won the ardent loyalty of thousands of owners around the world as well as high praise from customers and media alike.  

The fifth generation all-new Legacy was introduced in 2009.  Broadening its appeal, Subaru’s top model offers today’s consumers and business drivers a more stylish appearance, increased comfort for all occupants, enhanced refinement, and improved safety.  It does this while retaining the balanced performance and rewarding handling that Legacy drivers have come to relish, as well as acknowledging the proud heritage that successive models have established.

Subaru’s design team followed the key theme of ‘Presence’ when creating the Legacy – exploiting the all-new platform to evolve recognisable Legacy characteristics, with a touch more authority and bolder treatments for the front grille and headlamps. The significantly increased dimensions, including an 80 mm longer wheelbase, enabled designers to sculpt a Legacy Tourer with a much bolder stance and greatly heightened on-road presence.

As well as ‘new-look’ styling, the Legacy Tourer has a completely re-engineered all-steel unitary structure that delivers the highest crash safety performance.  In tests it was awarded a 5-Star crash safety rating by EuroNCAP.

Last year Subaru expanded the Legacy line-up, adding two new 2.0i ES Nav petrol models with prices starting at £21,995.  There are now seven versions of the Legacy Tourer, with a choice of diesel or petrol engines and four trim/equipment levels (ES Nav, S, SE and SE NavPlus) – depending on model. 

Each model is so comprehensively equipped that the only factory-fitted option will be special paint finishes, priced at £480.

Beneath the ‘new-look’ exterior of the fifth generation model, refinement and safety are boosted by mounting the engine and the front and rear suspension systems on ’cradle mount’ sub-frames.  The rear suspension is an all-new, more compact design that facilitates much increased cargo bay capacity – up by 14.5 per cent (67 litres) to 526 litres, with the rear seats upright.

While the diesel Legacy comes exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox, all petrol models are available with Subaru’s all-new ‘Lineartronic’ CVT transmission.  Both the diesel and petrol engines are Euro 5 compliant for emissions.

The Legacy Tourer is longer, wider and taller than the previous model.  This growth and the longer wheelbase, results in significantly greater head, leg and shoulder room. 

Building on the premium ambience created by the new exterior and interior styling, plus the enhanced and generous cabin space, the Legacy is comprehensively equipped to ensure maximum comfort for all occupants.  All models feature cruise control; multi-function leather steering wheel; dual-zone, fully automatic air-conditioning; a premium audio system with six speakers; automatic lights and wipers and a powered driver’s seat.  The audio system is MP3 compatible and a Bluetooth* hands-free system is fitted as standard.

2011 Legacy Tourer

Model Price  CO2  VED  Insurance
  (OTR)  g/km Band Group(s)
2.0i ES Nav £21,995  199   /22E
2.0D S  £26,865 149 11E/20E
2.0D SE £29,070 156 G 12E/21E
2.0D SE NavPlus £31,370 156 G 12E/21E
2.5i SE**  £29,075 196 J 11E/20E
2.5i SE NavPlus**  £31,375 196 J 12E/21E

* Bluetooth is a registered trademark of BluetoothSIG, Inc. USA.

**with Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission as standard

2.       STYLING AND DESIGN
A bolder stance and heightened road presence 
While creating the fifth-generation Legacy, Subaru’s design team followed the key theme of ‘Presence’ – exploiting the all-new platform to evolve recognisable Legacy characteristics, with a touch more authority and bolder treatments for stand-out frontal features such as the grille and headlamps.

The significantly increased length, longer wheelbase and wider track enabled designers to sculpt a Legacy Tourer with a much bolder stance and greatly heightened on-road presence that also hints at Subaru’s core technology – Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) – which remains at the heart of this newcomer.

The headlight units are larger and stretched longitudinally, while the three-dimensional aspect of their internal components layout is highlighted to give ‘technology’ feel.  A new front grille design incorporates the ‘wing motif’ that is a shared feature of the Subaru family of vehicles, enabling the face of the Legacy Tourer to make a powerful statement.

Prominently-projecting wheel arches express the power running through the AWD system.  The lower body is designed with minimum character lines to emphasize strength and stability.  By contrast, there are strong flowing lines above the belt-line and chrome-plated mouldings around the side glass-house edges.  These not only enhance the cabin presence, but also combine to create a premium look.

For the Legacy Tourer, a new design approach with a visible D-pillar (viewed from outside), has been adopted.  The new design offers a sense of evolution and the D-pillars, rear lamp clusters and rear bumper hint that this car benefits from driven rear wheels.

Overall, the exterior of Legacy boasts a three-dimensional solidity that expresses a new type of sportiness.  In the UK, a choice of six exterior body colours will be available, with four new colours – Satin White, Galaxy Blue Silica, Crystal Black Silica and Graphite Gray Metallic – on offer, alongside popular carry-over colours, Steel Silver Metallic and Camellia Red Pearl.

More space, more comfort plus easy functionality
Naturally, the cabin design of the Legacy reflects the dynamic subtleties of the exterior.  The design team’s key mantra was “Active and Quality Feeling” and while exploiting the enhanced cabin space available within the new body-shell, it paid particular attention to detail to ensure easy-to-use functionality, for the driver and passengers and maximum comfort for extended journeys.  Double-seals on all doors and windows enhance refinement.

The all-new, larger front seats offer excellent comfort and support, with 10-way power adjustment on the driver’s seat (including lumbar support), and four-way manual adjustment on the passenger seat.  The front seats feature 20 per cent softer cushions and 10 per cent softer backrests.

The driver’s seat benefits from more adjustability, with a 10mm increase in fore/aft slide range, 20mm more height movement, a two degree increase in cushion tilt and now a 20 mm lumbar adjustment.  Rear seat passengers are also offered enhanced comfort, with the 60/40 split backrest which will recline over a 20-degree range.

Facing the driver, a new instrument cluster features four dials outlined in aluminium rings, and the new three-spoke steering wheel is leather-wrapped, with integrated audio and cruise controls, and a wider range of adjustment – 40mm for both reach and rake.  On Lineartronic models, steering column-mounted paddle shifters are fitted for sequential manual control of the gearbox.

In the UK, the 2.0 D S and new-for-2011 ES Nav models feature black cloth seat upholstery and interior trim, while all the SE and SE NavPlus models are trimmed in black leather.

Exterior dimensions, comparisons (mm)

  Legacy Difference Previous Legacy
Length  4775 +55   4720
Width 2052 ----- ----
(excluding mirrors) 1780 +50 1730
Height 1535 +65 1470
Wheelbase 2750 +80 2670
Front track 1540 +45 1495
Rear track 1540 +55 1485

 

3.       COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Refined and exceedingly luxurious, without excess
Building on the premium ambience created by the new exterior and interior styling, plus the enhanced and generous cabin space, the Legacy Tourer is comprehensively equipped to ensure maximum comfort for all occupants.

All models feature dual-zone, fully automatic air-conditioning with an anti-dust filter and heating ducts to the rear passenger foot wells.  A premium audio system, with a radio/CD player, six speakers (including two tweeters) and steering wheel-mounted remote controls, is standard.  For the Legacy Tourer, radio reception has been significantly improved by the fitting of two high performance antennae within the rear window glass.

The audio systems are MP3 compatible and a Bluetooth hands-free system is fitted as standard.  Voice activation from the hands-free microphone allows users to make phone calls, specify navigation destinations and operate the audio appliances.

Facing the Legacy Tourer driver, the new instrument panel integrates clarity, functionality and a visual richness in keeping with the premium character of the new model.  Four dials are ringed in aluminium and feature an additional liquid crystal display panel in the centre.  The dials and the display are illuminated constantly, even in daytime, to improve visibility.  The dials appear white with the ignition off and turn light blue with the ignition on.  When the ignition is switched on, the gauge needles sweep to the maximum position and then quickly return to zero – heightening the excitement and anticipation of the journey to come.  For diesel models, a glow indicator, fuel sedimenter warning light and diesel particulate filter warning light are added.

The new Multi-Information Display (MID) is positioned on the centre stack’s upper surface so that it can be viewed from all seats.  The MID shows ambient temperature, fuel consumption information (instantaneous fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency and driving range to empty), passenger seatbelt warning lights and a digital clock.

Major controls in the Legacy Tourer are laid out to minimise both the intrusion into the driver’s line of sight and the time the driver’s hands are away from the steering wheel.  Minor controls and switches are positioned to optimise ease-of-use.  Models with the new Lineartronic transmission feature a compact gear selector and a straight-line selector gate for ease of operation.  To exploit this transmission’s manual mode, steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters are standard on these models.

Depending on model, equipment available as standard on the Legacy Tourer includes: automatic operation of headlamps and windscreen wipers, front and rear electric windows (with auto up/down function on the driver’s door), a glass ‘tilt-n-slide’ sunroof, keyless access (Smart Entry) by the key ‘owner’ simply touching the sensor on the front door handle, and push button engine Start/Stop without inserting a key.

The new ES Nav models represent fantastic value for money with full colour touch screen SatNav (including Bluetooth hands-free) and standard equipment that includes a 150PS engine, alloy wheels, powered driver’s seat, cruise control, front, side and curtain airbags and front fog lamps.

SE and SE NavPlus models gain privacy glass for 2011 and feature a ‘Sports Package’ which comprises a sports front bumper and front grille, dark tinted head lamps, larger 18-inch alloy wheels and special Bilstein dampers.  Inside, there are aluminium foot pedals and carbon fibre-effect trim panels.

The range-topping SE NavPlus models also feature a new DVD navigation system as standard, with a high-resolution, wide VGA, eight-inch monitor, high-speed 600 MHz CPU and LED back-lit display for optimum clarity and practicality.

These models are also equipped with a Rear View Camera (RVC). The RVC superimposes graduated guide lines on the camera image to show the width of the vehicle and distance to objects behind to greatly aid the driver during reversing and parking manoeuvres.

4.       PRACTICALITY
Extra room to enjoy the added comfort
The cabin of the Legacy Tourer is longer, wider and taller than that of its predecessor, facilitating improvements in comfort and practicality.  The interior also demonstrates lessons learned in Subaru’s latest ‘packaging innovation’ research programme.

Larger seats are fitted to make best-use of the increased space around each occupant.  The space between the front seats has increased by 30mm and the between the front and rear seats is increased by 62mm.  The rear seat backrest is split 60/40 and folds flat to offer the best people/cargo carrying versatility.  With the rear seats upright, cargo capacity is increased by 67 litres to 526 litres.

Larger rear doors result in improved access to the rear seats, and detailed attention to the window shapes and pillar layouts ensures a greater feeling of ‘openness’ for the rear seat occupants in the Legacy Tourer.

While the width and height of the luggage bay were increased, the depth of the lip between the rear bumper and cargo was reduced slightly to ensure it is easier for users to load and unload heavy items when lifting them into the interior.  The tailgate, which is 33mm wider and 45mm taller than before for easier access, features an electromagnetic switch for easy opening with a light touch, aided by twin supporting gas struts.

The new front seats have concave backrests to provide extra knee space for rear seat occupants.  The rear seat features a folding centre armrest with twin cup holders, and the backrests can be reclined for greater comfort during long journeys.  A remote one-touch mechanism conveniently located in the cargo bay side panel enables the backrests to be folded flat in one simple operation from the rear tailgate when loading long items.

Inside the Legacy Tourer, designers also paid attention to create generously sized, easy-to-use storage space for smaller items – with capacity increased by 39 litres over the previous model.

A larger glovebox will accept 31 CDs, while the new double-decker centre console, which can accommodate 22 CDs, incorporates a 12V power supply and AUX audio input socket.  Two types of armrest console lid are provided, depending on the transmission type.  A ‘low’ type is fitted to six-speed manual models, while a ‘tall’ type is used for the Lineartronic CVT cars to ensure a relaxing driving posture.

Two cup-holders are provided alongside the centre console, while a 500 ml plastic bottle can be stored in all door pockets.  A 50mm thick box of tissues can also be accommodated in the front door pockets.  A central overhead console is provided for storage of sunglasses and small items.

Interior dimensions, comparisons (mm)

 

  Legacy Difference Previous Legacy
Headroom (front)  1024  +21 1003
(rear)  951 +24 927
Legroom (front)  1091  - 29 1120
(rear) 960  +99  861
Shoulder room (front) 1430  +53 1377
(rear) 1426 +62 1364
Hip room (front)   1384 +89  1295
(rear) 1370 +34 1336
Cargo sp. (seats up)  526  +67 459 litres
(seats folded) 1726  -----  -----
Cargo width 1090  +15  1075
Cargo height 815 +5 810
Cargo depth*  1070 -20 1090

*length front-to-rear

5.       ENGINES
Choice of high-power diesel or petrol ‘Boxer’ units
For the 2012 Legacy Tourer line-up in the UK, customers will be offered a choice of three engines – 2.0-litre diesel and 2.5-litre or 2.0-litre petrol engines.  The 150 PS diesel is expected to prove the most popular choice.

The most important change for 2012 is the fitting of Subaru’s next-generation Boxer diesel engine.  This Euro 5-compliant power unit features a more efficient turbocharger, new exhaust-camshaft timing and lighter connecting rods, and is mated with new oxidation catalytic converters and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).  The result is an improvement (compared to the previous Boxer diesel Legacy) in fuel economy of over seven per cent, to 49.6mpg (combined), while CO2 emissions are cut by up to 7.5 per cent, to 149 g/km.  Importantly, the latter drops the car’s VED band down to level F, saving customers £35 per year. 

All 2012 Legacy Tourer diesel models now have a CO2 rating below 160 g/km which ensures they will qualify for tax savings by the hirer (of 15 per cent) and the leasing company / business users (10 per cent) – enhancing the vehicle’s appeal to a wider audience.

The improvements in economy and emissions haven’t undermined the diesel-powered Legacy Tourer’s performance.  Generating 147 ps at 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm, the diesel unit powers the car from zero to 62 mph in 9.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 120 mph. 

Control of the fuel injection has been optimised and the intake manifold has been redesigned in resin for improved airflow for improved torque characteristics and fuel efficiency.  An added benefit of the new resin construction is the 1.5kg weight reduction over the previous aluminium version.

A single exhaust silencer has been used to optimise engine output and noise levels, while also saving weight.  The addition of a vibration absorbing structure in the middle of main exhaust pipe also reduces noise levels.

The Subaru Boxer diesel is fitted with a closed-type diesel particulate filter (DPF) that features a honeycomb shaped filter made of silicon carbide.  The DPF, which is positioned low down with the turbocharger to maintain the car’s low centre of gravity, improves engine combustion efficiency and reduces particulate matter in the exhaust, further enhancing environmental friendliness.

And finally, the exhaust gas re-circulator (EGR) cooler has been enlarged to improve the system’s efficiency by 12 per cent – lowering NOx emissions to ensure that the New Legacy complies with Euro 5 exhaust gas regulations.

167 PS power unit for drivers who prefer a petrol engine
For drivers who prefer a petrol engine, Subaru’s famous horizontally opposed, four-cylinder Boxer engine is available in its 2.5i form.  This 2.5-litre unit, with 16-valves and a displacement of 2,457 cc, generates a maximum output of 167 PS and torque of 229Nm at 4,000rpm. 

The engine’s generous torque and flat torque curve ensures responsive performance from low speeds and a rewarding feeling of smooth acceleration.  The cylinder heads have been modified and lighter pistons are used.  Weight-saving new resin-type intake manifolds and internal friction reduction measures improve fuel efficiency, while the port shapes are modified and the catalytic converter structure is uprated, to comply with Euro 5 emissions regulations.

By adopting the i-Active Valve Lift System (i-AVLS), combined with the newly developed Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission, fuel economy has been reduced towards the level equivalent to a 2.0-litre engine – recording a 3.3 per cent improvement when compared with the previous automatic model.  This is particularly impressive given that the new Legacy weighs 48kg more than the outgoing model.

Performance figures for the Legacy Tourer 2.5i SE Lineartronic highlight its unique blend of driving fun and moderate ownership costs.  Top speed for this automatic transmission model is 120mph with a 0-60mph time of 10.3 seconds.  Fuel economy is 33.6mpg (combined cycle) and its CO2 emission figure is 196g/km.  

150 PS 2.0-litre for new ‘entry-level’ models
The newly offered 1,994 cc Boxer engine, which generates 150PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at just 3,000 rpm, is available with manual or CVT transmission.  Fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, the ES Nav accelerates to 62mph in 9.8 seconds and achieves 32.8 mpg on the combined cycle.  

With the Lineartronic CVT, 62 mph is reached in 11.3 seconds and the combined fuel consumption figure is better – 34.9mpg.

6.       TRANSMISSIONS AND DRIVETRAINS
Innovative ‘Lineartronic’ offers sequential manual mode 
As part of Subaru’s comprehensive re-engineering programme for the Legacy, the latest model offers buyers of the all petrol versions an all-new ‘next generation’ transmission system – the innovative, in-house developed ‘Lineartronic’.

Mounted longitudinally behind the boxer engine, ‘Lineartronic’ is a fully automatic CVT (continuously variable transmission) that enables the engine to operate continuously at the most efficient part of its rev-range – resulting in strong, linear, seamless acceleration and maximised fuel economy.

Instead of an ordinary belt, Subaru’s new transmission employs a flat steel chain for the torque transfer mechanism between the system’s two pulleys to achieve a 97 per cent transfer efficiency in a very compact unit.

The new transmission’s compact size allowed Subaru to increase the difference between the minimum and maximum pulley diameters, for a 6.3 ratio coverage that contributes to improvements in both engine performance and fuel efficiency.  A straight, four-position shift gate ensures simple, easy-to-use operation in fully-automatic mode. 

A six-speed manual mode is also available for greater driver involvement.  Electronics provide six gear ‘steps’ and the driver can select the next gear sequentially (going up or down the box) by using the paddles attached to the steering wheel, to enjoy truly sporty and responsive driving.  ‘Gear’ change time in manual mode is just 90 milliseconds.

Smooth-shifting six-speed manuals
Standard transmission for 2.0-litre diesel models is a new manual six-speed unit.  This compact transmission is the same length as the previous five-speed unit and weighs just five kilos more.  Improvements featured in the new transmission include a cable-type linkage and a carbon synchronizer for the first and second ratios, constantly-engaged synchromesh for reverse gear, to improve the shift feel and optimised lubrication paths for reduced friction losses.  The broader ratio coverage provide by the six-speed unit delivers better fuel economy, plus improved drivability and quietness at higher speeds.

Full-time ‘Symmetrical’ AWD – the Subaru hallmark
While numerous aspects of the Legacy Tourer are indeed ‘all-new’, the Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system is carried over, giving the new model all the traction advantages for which the Subaru brand is famous.

This is an evolution of Subaru's original full-time AWD system, which has a well-proven ability to provide real driving pleasure, superior driving performance and long-term reliability.  For the system in the Legacy Tourer, two different types of centre differential mechanism, a core feature of AWD, are provided – depending on model.

For the 2-litre diesel and petrol models, four-wheel drive is delivered by a ‘Centre differential AWD with viscous LSD’ system.  This combines a bevel-gear-type centre differential with the basic 50/50 front/rear, torque distribution and a viscous coupling limited slip differential.  When a front wheel or rear wheel slips, the viscous coupling raises the torque distribution to other wheels to ensure optimum traction.

The 2.5i ‘Lineartronic’ models feature ‘Active torque split AWD’.  This system constantly monitors the VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) and front/rear torque distribution, making adjustments according to sudden changes on the road surface.  During normal driving, the torque distribution which achieves the best fuel economy is used.

For maximum driving safety, all models are equipped with Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system.  This is an electronic stability control programme (ESC) that closely monitors vehicle behaviour and automatically corrects excessive understeer and oversteer, by braking individual wheels and/or reducing engine power, to ensure that vehicle follows the course intended by the driver, ensuring maximum safety. 

Powertrain comparisons

Engine             Transmission               Power (PS)     Torque (Nm)    Mpg* / CO2

2.0 Diesel       Six-sp manual             150                  350                  46.3 / 149

2.0 Petrol        Six-sp manual             150                  196                  32.8 / 199

                        Lineartronic                 150                  196                  34.9 / 187

2.5 Petrol        Lineartronic                 167                  229                  33.6 / 196

*combined cycle

 

7.       RUNNING GEA
New suspension, sub-frames and power steering 
Following the strong tradition of the ‘Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept’, engineers have devised and developed the chassis and running gear for the Legacy Tourer to feature many new and updated components.  Their aim was to create a new Subaru that was exceptionally comfortable and safe to drive over long distances, and over many years of ownership, while also guaranteeing good drivability, high performance and genuine motoring pleasure.

To reduce noise, vibrations and harshness (NVH), and to enhance ride comfort, the engine mounting structure has been entirely renewed, for the first time since the Subaru 1000 model of 1966.  An all-new ‘Cradle Mount System’ was adopted where the engine and transmission are mounted on a sub-frame – rather than directly to the body-shell.  This system brings numerous benefits.

The sub-frame is attached to the body-shell using rubber bushes, especially tuned to dampen different frequencies of vibrations generated by the engine, transmission and suspension.  For example, the main cushion rubber uses a liquid-filled type of bush, and the engine is supported on the sub-frame at four widely-spread points. 

In addition, the front suspension and the power steering are mounted on the sub-frame, so that potential vibrations from the road surface are not easily transferred to the body-shell or the car’s occupants – improving ride comfort and refinement.

New front and rear suspensions
For the Legacy Tourer, Subaru has adopted a revised MacPherson strut front suspension, with the lower arm mounted on the sub-frame for greater stability.  Steering response is enhanced, and quietness is increased by reducing vibrations.  The thickness of the stabiliser (anti-roll) bar is increased, improving roll stiffness without requiring a change to the main spring rates.  Road-holding during cornering is enhanced (thanks in part to a wider track), while smooth ride comfort is retained with extended wheel travel and optimised geometry.

At the rear, new ‘short height’ compact double-wishbone suspension is used to minimise intrusion into the cabin or cargo space.  For maximum refinement, all the suspension links and the rear differential are installed on a new sub-frame.  Large bushes are used between the sub-frame and the body-shell to minimise transfer of NVH. 

To achieve an ideal ride/handling balance, new low-friction type dampers are fitted on all models, front and rear.  These dampers are tuned exclusively to match the characteristics of the New Legacy S and ES Nav models’ standard 16-inch wheels and tyres, ensuring a sense of ‘solidity and stability’ in fast driving, without loss of smoothness.  SE and SE NavPlus models are fitted with 18-inch wheels and special uprated Bilstein dampers as part of the Sports Pack, offering enhanced body control.

Electric power steering for improved fuel economy
In order to improve both steering feel and fuel economy, a new rack-and-pinion steering system with electric power assistance has been adopted.  The system is mounted on the front cradle frame at four points, which increases rigidity of the steering system, and enhances its initial response to driver inputs.  For the majority of the Legacy Tourer models, a ‘quick ratio’ is used for increased sporty feeling.

New electronic parking brake and hill-hold function
The all-disc braking system, with ABS and EBD (Electric Brake-force Distribution) as standard, has a linear feel with retardation corresponding closely to applied brake pedal pressure.  A redesigned master cylinder gives a 30% faster response to driver inputs on the brake pedal.   Brake Assist is also standard, developing maximum stopping power automatically when the system detects emergency application of the brakes.

For the Legacy Tourer, an innovative electronic parking brake is used.  Controlled by a dashboard mounted switch, the new system does away with the traditional hand brake, freeing up cabin space and allowing a cleaner, less cluttered centre console design.  If the doors are closed and the driver’s seatbelt is fastened then the parking brake will automatically release when the driver operates the accelerator pedal.

The new braking system also introduces a ‘Hill-Hold’ function.  When the vehicle is stopped on a slope of 5% or more this feature will hold the vehicle on the brakes for one second after the driver removes their foot from the clutch – long enough to move it to the accelerator without rolling back; a feature that is particularly useful when towing.

Wheels and tyres
The standard wheel and tyre combination for the Legacy Tourer 2.0D S and petrol ES Nav is a 16-inch alloy wheel with 205/60 R16 tyre.  SE and SE NavPlus models feature 18-inch alloys with 225/45 R18 tyres.  On all models, a conventional ‘spare wheel’ is not fitted, instead an easy–to-use puncture repair kit is supplied as part of Subaru’s vehicle weight reduction programme.

8.       STRUCTURE & SAFETY
‘Circular links’ enhance strength and occupant protection
As well as ‘new-look’ styling, larger dimensions and new suspension, the Legacy Tourer has a completely reviewed and re-engineered body-shell.  The all-steel unitary structure is refined to enhance ride, handling and refinement, while also delivering the highest level of crash safety performance.  The Legacy Tourer was recently awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, confirming that Subaru’s structural and safety engineers have achieved their targets for this new model.

Newly developed, the body-shell is both lighter and stiffer, featuring ring-shaped reinforcement frames – ‘circular links’ – joining the A, B, C and D-pillars with cross members at roof and floor level.  This creates a series of ‘circular links’ which strongly protects the cabin occupants.  Ultra-high-strength steel plate is used at key portions of the body-shell to achieve strength without adding significantly to overall weight.

By fully exploiting the structural characteristics of the newly adopted sub-frame mounting system, the front body structure is redesigned to improve the rigidity of the front suspension installation and to enhance impact resistance as well as steering response.  These improvements, and reinforcement of the engine bay bulkhead and toe board areas, were accomplished while also saving six kilograms from the front body panels.

The rear floor structure has also been optimised to accommodate the new sub-frame and to reduce weight while increasing rigidity, further improving rear suspension characteristics and vehicle drivability.

Delivering ‘5-Star’ crash safety protection
Using the advanced ring-shaped reinforcements throughout the Legacy Tourer body-shell enhances collision safety and resistance to impacts from all directions.  In addition, the newly adopted ‘cradle mount’ sub-frame mounting system contributes to an enlarged front-end crush zone, further improving occupant protection and the Euro NCAP test performance.

During a front-end collision, the new front ‘cradle mount’ sub-frame deforms in a controlled manner and pushes the power unit downwards to the rear.  As a result, the rearward movement of such a large mass dissipates impact energy and assists the efficient absorption of collision energy by the main body structure.

To enhance side-impact protection, ultra-high-strength steel plate is used for the B-pillar and side sill structures to improve the local cabin area rigidity.  In addition, two door impact beams are placed within each front and rear door. 

By optimally positioning the beams in relation to the door’s internal structure, a sufficient crush space is ensured to minimise intrusion.  Furthermore, a ‘door catcher’ is fitted to the bottom of the rear door to prevent it intruding into the cabin.

Despite the relatively short rear overhang, the Legacy’s structure is optimised so that rear impact energy is efficiently absorbed by controlled and gradual crushing of the rear sub-frames.

To minimise repair costs after a low-speed frontal collision, new impact-absorbing crash boxes are provided behind the front bumper.  Impacts of approximately 9 mph or less can be absorbed without affecting the main frame members.  In addition, the crash boxes can be replaced separately, aiming at reducing repair costs, time and the amount of resources to be used.  Each part of the radiator is attached by bolts, rather than welding, thus making parts replacement during repairing easier, quicker and cheaper.  To achieve the same goal at the rear, a new bumper beam with an impact absorption feature has been adopted. 

‘Passive’ safety advances that also benefit pedestrians
While a robust structure can form the foundation for a truly safe car, Subaru has also ensured that the Legacy Tourer is comprehensively kitted out with a full range of both ‘passive’ and ‘active’ safety equipment – as the best way to prevent occupant injury is to overcome the hazards of daily motoring and avoid any accident in the first place. 

The new front seats have significantly-increased frame and inner-structure stiffness to provide protection against whiplash injuries.  New-design, energy-absorbing head restraints offer greater protection by reducing head impact forces.

Front dual, side and curtain airbags are fitted as standard on all models.  The side and curtain airbags are enlarged for enhanced performance, and the airbag impact sensors have been upgraded to improve responses.

To protect the driver’s knee and lower leg, the steering column’s structure has been redesigned with an impact-absorption space, and a knee protector.  All the foot pedals have a collapsible function (above a pre-set g-force) to reduce the likelihood of foot injuries.

New, impact-absorbing materials and an optimised structure around the front bumper have been designed to exceed the European next-generation pedestrian protection standards, which are the most stringent in the world.  Although steel is used for the hood (to maximise protection of the car’s occupants), the impact-absorbing space beneath the hood and above the low boxer engine is enlarged, and the structure is improved around the body cowl to reduce possible injury to a pedestrian.

9.       EQUIPMENT
Choice of four equipment levels for the Legacy Tourer
The 2012 Subaru Legacy Tourer is available in the UK with four trim/equipment levels.

Standard Equipment on ES Nav
Exterior

Body-coloured bumpers

Body-coloured door mirrors housings

Body-coloured door handles 

Electric folding, heated door mirrors with LED indicators

Front fog lights

UV protected front, side and rear glass

Intermittent rear wash/wiper

Roof spoiler

16-inch alloy wheels with 205/60 R16 tyres

Interior

Welcome lights front and rear

Fabric upholstery and trim

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment

Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls

Leather-wrapped steering and gear selector

10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat

Adjustable lumbar support

Driver’s seatback storage pocket

Front passenger seatback storage pocket

Driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors

Front map reading lights and cascade lighting

Electric windows front and rear

Adjustable dashboard illumination

Multi Information Display

Multi-function centre console with 12v power outlet

Front and rear cup-holders

60/40 spilt rear seat with centre armrest

Retractable luggage cover

Comfort and Convenience

Automatic dusk-sensing head lamps

Automatic rain-sensing wipers

Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning

Cruise control

Bluetooth connectivity

Eco driving ‘change-up’ indicator

Gear-in-use indicator

Colour touch screen SatNav with Bluetooth and CD/DVD playback

Speed-adjusting automatic volume control

AUX input socket in centre console

Audible headlights on reminder

Remote fuel flap release

Hill start assist linked to VDC system

Safety

Front, front side and curtain air bags

Vehicle Dynamics Control stability system

Traction Control

ABS, EBD and EBA braking systems

AWD full-time all-wheel drive system

Electronic push/pull handbrake

Security

Remote central locking with deadlocks

High security integrated audio system 

Locking wheel nuts

Window etching

Rolling code ECU immobiliser

Thatcham Category 1 alarm

Standard Equipment on S 
Additional items over ES Nav model

HID head lamps with power washers and automatic self-levelling

Powered glass tilt-n-slide sunroof with interior sunshade

Heated front seats and wiper de-icers

Standard Equipment on SE 
Additional items over S model

Sports Pack

18-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 R18 tyres

Bilstein dampers

Sports front bumper and front grille

Black head lamp housings

Aluminium foot pedals

Carbon-fibre effect interior trims

Leather upholstery and trim

10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory

Standard Equipment on SE NavPlus 
Additional items over SE model

Smart Entry (keyless access)

Push button engine start/stop

DVD satellite navigation and audio system with Dolby Prologic II

On board computer

AUX video input

Rear view camera 

 

11.      MODEL HISTORY
Legacy Tourer celebrates over two-decades of AWD
In 2009 the Subaru Legacy celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Throughout its four previous generations, Subaru’s unique technologies, such as the AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system paired with the horizontally opposed (Boxer) engine, have delivered a very special blend of driving performance, comfort, durability and safety.

As a result, up to the end of 2008, Legacy production had reached a total of over 3.6 million units (including the Outback model), while receiving high praise from media and public.

Now, as Subaru’s flagship model, the fifth-generation Legacy has been developed to pursue new directions for Subaru, setting new values worthy of the brand, as well as acknowledging the proud heritage that successive Legacy models have established.

First generation (from 1989)
Striving for a world-class vehicle, development started with a goal of refining the Subaru driving experience. Legacy received high praise from users. 
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Second generation (from 1993)
The original concept was retained, while performance was
further improved.  Along with upgrades to handling and styling,
AWD driving performance and practicality were enhanced.
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Third generation (from 1998)
Qualities as a driver’s car were pursued to the utmost. Aiming
to establish a flagship for truly global brand, key qualities such
as safety performance were further refined.
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Fourth generation (from 2003)
With a focus on ‘emotional performance’, the car was widened
and the overall design renewed, inside and out. Weight was
reduced, and significant attention was paid to driving
performance and environmental friendliness.
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Subaru Legacy Tourer 2012

Subaru Legacy Tourer

Body and chassis
Five-door, five-seater estate, with all-steel unitary construction body-shell.  Choice of three longitudinally-mounted diesel and petrol Boxer engines driving the front and rear wheels (AWD) via a six-speed manual or six-speed Lineartronic CVT transmission – depending on model.

Engines

2.0-litre / 150PS Diesel
Name                          Subaru Boxer (diesel) 

Type                            DOHC, horizontally opposed ‘flat four’, with VGT

Capacity                      2.0-litres, 1,998 cc

Bore & Stroke              86.0 x 86.0 mm

Compression ratio       16.0:1

Max power                  150 PS (110 kW) @ 3,600 rpm

Max torque                  350 Nm (258.2 lb.ft) @ 1,800-2.400 rpm

Valves                         16 (4-per-cylinder)

Fuel system                 CRDi, common-rail, high pressure, direct injection

Turbo system              Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)

Construction                Aluminium cylinder block and heads

Emissions class          Euro Stage 5

2.0-litre / 150PS Petrol
Name                          Subaru Boxer

Type                            SOHC, horizontally opposed ‘flat four’ 

Capacity                      2.0-litres, 1,994 cc

Bore and stroke           92.0 x 75.0 mm

Compression ratio       10.2:1

Max power                  150 PS (110 kW) @ 6,000 rpm

Max torque                  196 Nm (145 lb.ft) @ 3,000 rpm

Valves                         16 (4-per-cylinder)

Fuel system                 Multi-point injection

Construction                Aluminium cylinder block and heads

Emissions class          Euro Stage 5

2.5-litre / 167PS Petrol
Name                          Subaru Boxer

Type                            SOHC, horizontally opposed ‘flat four’

Capacity                      2.5-litres, 2,457 cc

Bore & Stroke              99.5 x 79.0 mm

Compression ratio       10.0:1

Max power                  167 PS (123 kW) @ 5,600 rpm

Max torque                  229 Nm (168.9 lb.ft) @ 4,000 rpm

Valves                         16 (4-per-cylinder)

Fuel system                 Multi-point injection

Construction                Aluminium cylinder block and heads

Emissions class          Euro Stage 5

Transmissions

  2.0D  2.0i 2.5i
Manual  6-sp  6-sp   -----
Automatic -----  Lineartronic Lineatronic

Gear ratios

 

2.0D                2.0i MT / AT                2.5i 

1                           3.454:1            3.454:1 / 3.525:1         3.525:1

2                           1.750:1            1.947:1 / -----               -----

3                           1.062:1            1.296 / -----                  -----

4                           0.785:1            0.972:1 / -----               -----

5                           0.634:1            0.825:1 / -----               -----

6                           0.557:1            0.695:1 / 0.558:1         0.558:1

Reverse                3.636:1            3.636:1 / 2.358:1         2.358:1

Final Drive 1         4.111:1            4.444 / 3.700:1            3.700:1

Drivetrains
2.0D                            AWD with centre differential coupled to viscous LSD

2.0i                              AWD with centre differential coupled to viscous LSD

2.5i                              AWD with active torque split system

Suspension and damping
Front                            Fully independent by sub-frame-mounted MacPherson Struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear                            Fully independent by sub-frame-mounted double wishbones, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. 

Steering
Type                            Electric power-assisted rack & pinion

Wheel                          375 mm diameter, three-spoke leather trimmed.

Gearing                       2.8 turns lock-to-lock

Turning circle               11.0 metres

Wheels and tyres
2.0D S                       Alloy 16 in x 6.5J         205/60 R16 tyres

2.0D SE                     Alloy 18 in x 7.5J         225/45 R18 tyres

2.0i ES Nav                Alloy 16 in x 6.5J         205/60 R16 tyres

2.5i SE                       Alloy 18 in x 7.5J         225/45 R18 tyres

Spare (all models)     Tyre mobility kit

DIMENSIONS (mm)

Exterior
Overall length             4775                Overall width               2052/1780*

Overall height             1535                Wheelbase                  2750

Front track                  1540                Rear track                   1540

Front overhang            960                Rear overhang            1065

Ground clearance        150                   *including/excluding door mirrors

Interior                       Front                Rear

Headroom                   1024                  951

Legroom                     1091                  960

Shoulder room            1430                1426

Hip room                     1384                1370

Capacities  (all models)

Fuel tank                     65 litres

Luggage (VDA)           526 litres         behind 2nd row seats

                                    1726 litres       behind 1st row seats (ES Nav)

                                    1677 litres       behind 1st row seats

Weights (kg) 

                                    2.0D                2.0i MT / AT                2.5i

Curb weight (min.)       1558                1463 / 1504                 1526

Gross weight               2075                2010 / 2030                 2030

Towing (max) kg*          750                  750 / 750                     750 (unbraked trailer)

                                    1700                1500 / 1500                 1800 (braked trailer)

Performance 

                                    2.0D                2.0i MT / AT                2.5i

Top speed / mph         120                  120 / 120                     120

0-to-62 mph / sec        9.6                   9.8 / 11.3                     10.3

Fuel economy (mpg)

                                    2.0D                2.0i MT / AT                2.5i 

Combined cycle          46.3                 32.8 / 34.9                   33.6

CO2 g/km                    149                  199 / 187                     196 

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1. INTRODUCTION

New derivatives broaden Legacy Tourer range

  • Fresh, modern styling for more spacious Legacy Tourer
  • Two new entry-level models widen range’s appeal
  • Spacious cabin greatly enhances head, leg and shoulder room
  • Choice of diesel or petrol engines and manual or automatic transmission
  • Awarded 5-Star EuroNCAP crash safety tests
  • Seven-strong model range priced from £21,995 (OTR)

The Legacy Tourer, Subaru’s luxurious flagship model, offers fresh, modern styling and a spacious cabin.  Across more than two decades and through four previous generations, Subaru’s unique technologies in the Legacy – such as the Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system paired with the horizontally opposed (Subaru Boxer) engine – have delivered a very special blend of driving performance, comfort, durability and safety in the D-segment.

That special blend has won the ardent loyalty of thousands of owners around the world as well as high praise from customers and media alike.  

The fifth generation all-new Legacy was introduced in 2009.  Broadening its appeal, Subaru’s top model offers today’s consumers and business drivers a more stylish appearance, increased comfort for all occupants, enhanced refinement, and improved safety.  It does this while retaining the balanced performance and rewarding handling that Legacy drivers have come to relish, as well as acknowledging the proud heritage that successive models have established.

Subaru’s design team followed the key theme of ‘Presence’ when creating the Legacy – exploiting the all-new platform to evolve recognisable Legacy characteristics, with a touch more authority and bolder treatments for the front grille and headlamps. The significantly increased dimensions, including an 80 mm longer wheelbase, enabled designers to sculpt a Legacy Tourer with a much bolder stance and greatly heightened on-road presence.

As well as ‘new-look’ styling, the Legacy Tourer has a completely re-engineered all-steel unitary structure that delivers the highest crash safety performance.  In tests it was awarded a 5-Star crash safety rating by EuroNCAP.

Last year Subaru expanded the Legacy line-up, adding two new 2.0i ES Nav petrol models with prices starting at £21,995.  There are now seven versions of the Legacy Tourer, with a choice of diesel or petrol engines and four trim/equipment levels (ES Nav, S, SE and SE NavPlus) – depending on model. 

Each model is so comprehensively equipped that the only factory-fitted option will be special paint finishes, priced at £480.

Beneath the ‘new-look’ exterior of the fifth generation model, refinement and safety are boosted by mounting the engine and the front and rear suspension systems on ’cradle mount’ sub-frames.  The rear suspension is an all-new, more compact design that facilitates much increased cargo bay capacity – up by 14.5 per cent (67 litres) to 526 litres, with the rear seats upright.

While the diesel Legacy comes exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox, all petrol models are available with Subaru’s all-new ‘Lineartronic’ CVT transmission.  Both the diesel and petrol engines are Euro 5 compliant for emissions.

The Legacy Tourer is longer, wider and taller than the previous model.  This growth and the longer wheelbase, results in significantly greater head, leg and shoulder room. 

Building on the premium ambience created by the new exterior and interior styling, plus the enhanced and generous cabin space, the Legacy is comprehensively equipped to ensure maximum comfort for all occupants.  All models feature cruise control; multi-function leather steering wheel; dual-zone, fully automatic air-conditioning; a premium audio system with six speakers; automatic lights and wipers and a powered driver’s seat.  The audio system is MP3 compatible and a Bluetooth* hands-free system is fitted as standard.

2011 Legacy Tourer

Model Price  CO2  VED  Insurance
  (OTR)  g/km Band Group(s)
2.0i ES Nav £21,995  199   /22E
2.0D S  £26,865 149 11E/20E
2.0D SE £29,070 156 G 12E/21E
2.0D SE NavPlus £31,370 156 G 12E/21E
2.5i SE**  £29,075 196 J 11E/20E
2.5i SE NavPlus**  £31,375 196 J 12E/21E

* Bluetooth is a registered trademark of BluetoothSIG, Inc. USA.

**with Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission as standard

2.       STYLING AND DESIGN
A bolder stance and heightened road presence 
While creating the fifth-generation Legacy, Subaru’s design team followed the key theme of ‘Presence’ – exploiting the all-new platform to evolve recognisable Legacy characteristics, with a touch more authority and bolder treatments for stand-out frontal features such as the grille and headlamps.

The significantly increased length, longer wheelbase and wider track enabled designers to sculpt a Legacy Tourer with a much bolder stance and greatly heightened on-road presence that also hints at Subaru’s core technology – Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) – which remains at the heart of this newcomer.

The headlight units are larger and stretched longitudinally, while the three-dimensional aspect of their internal components layout is highlighted to give ‘technology’ feel.  A new front grille design incorporates the ‘wing motif’ that is a shared feature of the Subaru family of vehicles, enabling the face of the Legacy Tourer to make a powerful statement.

Prominently-projecting wheel arches express the power running through the AWD system.  The lower body is designed with minimum character lines to emphasize strength and stability.  By contrast, there are strong flowing lines above the belt-line and chrome-plated mouldings around the side glass-house edges.  These not only enhance the cabin presence, but also combine to create a premium look.

For the Legacy Tourer, a new design approach with a visible D-pillar (viewed from outside), has been adopted.  The new design offers a sense of evolution and the D-pillars, rear lamp clusters and rear bumper hint that this car benefits from driven rear wheels.

Overall, the exterior of Legacy boasts a three-dimensional solidity that expresses a new type of sportiness.  In the UK, a choice of six exterior body colours will be available, with four new colours – Satin White, Galaxy Blue Silica, Crystal Black Silica and Graphite Gray Metallic – on offer, alongside popular carry-over colours, Steel Silver Metallic and Camellia Red Pearl.

More space, more comfort plus easy functionality
Naturally, the cabin design of the Legacy reflects the dynamic subtleties of the exterior.  The design team’s key mantra was “Active and Quality Feeling” and while exploiting the enhanced cabin space available within the new body-shell, it paid particular attention to detail to ensure easy-to-use functionality, for the driver and passengers and maximum comfort for extended journeys.  Double-seals on all doors and windows enhance refinement.

The all-new, larger front seats offer excellent comfort and support, with 10-way power adjustment on the driver’s seat (including lumbar support), and four-way manual adjustment on the passenger seat.  The front seats feature 20 per cent softer cushions and 10 per cent softer backrests.

The driver’s seat benefits from more adjustability, with a 10mm increase in fore/aft slide range, 20mm more height movement, a two degree increase in cushion tilt and now a 20 mm lumbar adjustment.  Rear seat passengers are also offered enhanced comfort, with the 60/40 split backrest which will recline over a 20-degree range.

Facing the driver, a new instrument cluster features four dials outlined in aluminium rings, and the new three-spoke steering wheel is leather-wrapped, with integrated audio and cruise controls, and a wider range of adjustment – 40mm for both reach and rake.  On Lineartronic models, steering column-mounted paddle shifters are fitted for sequential manual control of the gearbox.

In the UK, the 2.0 D S and new-for-2011 ES Nav models feature black cloth seat upholstery and interior trim, while all the SE and SE NavPlus models are trimmed in black leather.

Exterior dimensions, comparisons (mm)

  Legacy Difference Previous Legacy
Length  4775 +55   4720
Width 2052 ----- ----
(excluding mirrors) 1780 +50 1730
Height 1535 +65 1470
Wheelbase 2750 +80 2670
Front track 1540 +45 1495
Rear track 1540 +55 1485

 

3.       COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Refined and exceedingly luxurious, without excess
Building on the premium ambience created by the new exterior and interior styling, plus the enhanced and generous cabin space, the Legacy Tourer is comprehensively equipped to ensure maximum comfort for all occupants.

All models feature dual-zone, fully automatic air-conditioning with an anti-dust filter and heating ducts to the rear passenger foot wells.  A premium audio system, with a radio/CD player, six speakers (including two tweeters) and steering wheel-mounted remote controls, is standard.  For the Legacy Tourer, radio reception has been significantly improved by the fitting of two high performance antennae within the rear window glass.

The audio systems are MP3 compatible and a Bluetooth hands-free system is fitted as standard.  Voice activation from the hands-free microphone allows users to make phone calls, specify navigation destinations and operate the audio appliances.

Facing the Legacy Tourer driver, the new instrument panel integrates clarity, functionality and a visual richness in keeping with the premium character of the new model.  Four dials are ringed in aluminium and feature an additional liquid crystal display panel in the centre.  The dials and the display are illuminated constantly, even in daytime, to improve visibility.  The dials appear white with the ignition off and turn light blue with the ignition on.  When the ignition is switched on, the gauge needles sweep to the maximum position and then quickly return to zero – heightening the excitement and anticipation of the journey to come.  For diesel models, a glow indicator, fuel sedimenter warning light and diesel particulate filter warning light are added.

The new Multi-Information Display (MID) is positioned on the centre stack’s upper surface so that it can be viewed from all seats.  The MID shows ambient temperature, fuel consumption information (instantaneous fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency and driving range to empty), passenger seatbelt warning lights and a digital clock.

Major controls in the Legacy Tourer are laid out to minimise both the intrusion into the driver’s line of sight and the time the driver’s hands are away from the steering wheel.  Minor controls and switches are positioned to optimise ease-of-use.  Models with the new Lineartronic transmission feature a compact gear selector and a straight-line selector gate for ease of operation.  To exploit this transmission’s manual mode, steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters are standard on these models.

Depending on model, equipment available as standard on the Legacy Tourer includes: automatic operation of headlamps and windscreen wipers, front and rear electric windows (with auto up/down function on the driver’s door), a glass ‘tilt-n-slide’ sunroof, keyless access (Smart Entry) by the key ‘owner’ simply touching the sensor on the front door handle, and push button engine Start/Stop without inserting a key.

The new ES Nav models represent fantastic value for money with full colour touch screen SatNav (including Bluetooth hands-free) and standard equipment that includes a 150PS engine, alloy wheels, powered driver’s seat, cruise control, front, side and curtain airbags and front fog lamps.

SE and SE NavPlus models gain privacy glass for 2011 and feature a ‘Sports Package’ which comprises a sports front bumper and front grille, dark tinted head lamps, larger 18-inch alloy wheels and special Bilstein dampers.  Inside, there are aluminium foot pedals and carbon fibre-effect trim panels.

The range-topping SE NavPlus models also feature a new DVD navigation system as standard, with a high-resolution, wide VGA, eight-inch monitor, high-speed 600 MHz CPU and LED back-lit display for optimum clarity and practicality.

These models are also equipped with a Rear View Camera (RVC). The RVC superimposes graduated guide lines on the camera image to show the width of the vehicle and distance to objects behind to greatly aid the driver during reversing and parking manoeuvres.

4.       PRACTICALITY
Extra room to enjoy the added comfort
The cabin of the Legacy Tourer is longer, wider and taller than that of its predecessor, facilitating improvements in comfort and practicality.  The interior also demonstrates lessons learned in Subaru’s latest ‘packaging innovation’ research programme.

Larger seats are fitted to make best-use of the increased space around each occupant.  The space between the front seats has increased by 30mm and the between the front and rear seats is increased by 62mm.  The rear seat backrest is split 60/40 and folds flat to offer the best people/cargo carrying versatility.  With the rear seats upright, cargo capacity is increased by 67 litres to 526 litres.

Larger rear doors result in improved access to the rear seats, and detailed attention to the window shapes and pillar layouts ensures a greater feeling of ‘openness’ for the rear seat occupants in the Legacy Tourer.

While the width and height of the luggage bay were increased, the depth of the lip between the rear bumper and cargo was reduced slightly to ensure it is easier for users to load and unload heavy items when lifting them into the interior.  The tailgate, which is 33mm wider and 45mm taller than before for easier access, features an electromagnetic switch for easy opening with a light touch, aided by twin supporting gas struts.

The new front seats have concave backrests to provide extra knee space for rear seat occupants.  The rear seat features a folding centre armrest with twin cup holders, and the backrests can be reclined for greater comfort during long journeys.  A remote one-touch mechanism conveniently located in the cargo bay side panel enables the backrests to be folded flat in one simple operation from the rear tailgate when loading long items.

Inside the Legacy Tourer, designers also paid attention to create generously sized, easy-to-use storage space for smaller items – with capacity increased by 39 litres over the previous model.

A larger glovebox will accept 31 CDs, while the new double-decker centre console, which can accommodate 22 CDs, incorporates a 12V power supply and AUX audio input socket.  Two types of armrest console lid are provided, depending on the transmission type.  A ‘low’ type is fitted to six-speed manual models, while a ‘tall’ type is used for the Lineartronic CVT cars to ensure a relaxing driving posture.

Two cup-holders are provided alongside the centre console, while a 500 ml plastic bottle can be stored in all door pockets.  A 50mm thick box of tissues can also be accommodated in the front door pockets.  A central overhead console is provided for storage of sunglasses and small items.

Interior dimensions, comparisons (mm)

 

  Legacy Difference Previous Legacy
Headroom (front)  1024  +21 1003
(rear)  951 +24 927
Legroom (front)  1091  - 29 1120
(rear) 960  +99  861
Shoulder room (front) 1430  +53 1377
(rear) 1426 +62 1364
Hip room (front)   1384 +89  1295
(rear) 1370 +34 1336
Cargo sp. (seats up)  526  +67 459 litres
(seats folded) 1726  -----  -----
Cargo width 1090  +15  1075
Cargo height 815 +5 810
Cargo depth*  1070 -20 1090

*length front-to-rear

5.       ENGINES
Choice of high-power diesel or petrol ‘Boxer’ units
For the 2012 Legacy Tourer line-up in the UK, customers will be offered a choice of three engines – 2.0-litre diesel and 2.5-litre or 2.0-litre petrol engines.  The 150 PS diesel is expected to prove the most popular choice.

The most important change for 2012 is the fitting of Subaru’s next-generation Boxer diesel engine.  This Euro 5-compliant power unit features a more efficient turbocharger, new exhaust-camshaft timing and lighter connecting rods, and is mated with new oxidation catalytic converters and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).  The result is an improvement (compared to the previous Boxer diesel Legacy) in fuel economy of over seven per cent, to 49.6mpg (combined), while CO2 emissions are cut by up to 7.5 per cent, to 149 g/km.  Importantly, the latter drops the car’s VED band down to level F, saving customers £35 per year. 

All 2012 Legacy Tourer diesel models now have a CO2 rating below 160 g/km which ensures they will qualify for tax savings by the hirer (of 15 per cent) and the leasing company / business users (10 per cent) – enhancing the vehicle’s appeal to a wider audience.

The improvements in economy and emissions haven’t undermined the diesel-powered Legacy Tourer’s performance.  Generating 147 ps at 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm, the diesel unit powers the car from zero to 62 mph in 9.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 120 mph. 

Control of the fuel injection has been optimised and the intake manifold has been redesigned in resin for improved airflow for improved torque characteristics and fuel efficiency.  An added benefit of the new resin construction is the 1.5kg weight reduction over the previous aluminium version.

A single exhaust silencer has been used to optimise engine output and noise levels, while also saving weight.  The addition of a vibration absorbing structure in the middle of main exhaust pipe also reduces noise levels.

The Subaru Boxer diesel is fitted with a closed-type diesel particulate filter (DPF) that features a honeycomb shaped filter made of silicon carbide.  The DPF, which is positioned low down with the turbocharger to maintain the car’s low centre of gravity, improves engine combustion efficiency and reduces particulate matter in the exhaust, further enhancing environmental friendliness.

And finally, the exhaust gas re-circulator (EGR) cooler has been enlarged to improve the system’s efficiency by 12 per cent – lowering NOx emissions to ensure that the New Legacy complies with Euro 5 exhaust gas regulations.

167 PS power unit for drivers who prefer a petrol engine
For drivers who prefer a petrol engine, Subaru’s famous horizontally opposed, four-cylinder Boxer engine is available in its 2.5i form.  This 2.5-litre unit, with 16-valves and a displacement of 2,457 cc, generates a maximum output of 167 PS and torque of 229Nm at 4,000rpm. 

The engine’s generous torque and flat torque curve ensures responsive performance from low speeds and a rewarding feeling of smooth acceleration.  The cylinder heads have been modified and lighter pistons are used.  Weight-saving new resin-type intake manifolds and internal friction reduction measures improve fuel efficiency, while the port shapes are modified and the catalytic converter structure is uprated, to comply with Euro 5 emissions regulations.

By adopting the i-Active Valve Lift System (i-AVLS), combined with the newly developed Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission, fuel economy has been reduced towards the level equivalent to a 2.0-litre engine – recording a 3.3 per cent improvement when compared with the previous automatic model.  This is particularly impressive given that the new Legacy weighs 48kg more than the outgoing model.

Performance figures for the Legacy Tourer 2.5i SE Lineartronic highlight its unique blend of driving fun and moderate ownership costs.  Top speed for this automatic transmission model is 120mph with a 0-60mph time of 10.3 seconds.  Fuel economy is 33.6mpg (combined cycle) and its CO2 emission figure is 196g/km.  

150 PS 2.0-litre for new ‘entry-level’ models
The newly offered 1,994 cc Boxer engine, which generates 150PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at just 3,000 rpm, is available with manual or CVT transmission.  Fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, the ES Nav accelerates to 62mph in 9.8 seconds and achieves 32.8 mpg on the combined cycle.  

With the Lineartronic CVT, 62 mph is reached in 11.3 seconds and the combined fuel consumption figure is better – 34.9mpg.

6.       TRANSMISSIONS AND DRIVETRAINS
Innovative ‘Lineartronic’ offers sequential manual mode 
As part of Subaru’s comprehensive re-engineering programme for the Legacy, the latest model offers buyers of the all petrol versions an all-new ‘next generation’ transmission system – the innovative, in-house developed ‘Lineartronic’.

Mounted longitudinally behind the boxer engine, ‘Lineartronic’ is a fully automatic CVT (continuously variable transmission) that enables the engine to operate continuously at the most efficient part of its rev-range – resulting in strong, linear, seamless acceleration and maximised fuel economy.

Instead of an ordinary belt, Subaru’s new transmission employs a flat steel chain for the torque transfer mechanism between the system’s two pulleys to achieve a 97 per cent transfer efficiency in a very compact unit.

The new transmission’s compact size allowed Subaru to increase the difference between the minimum and maximum pulley diameters, for a 6.3 ratio coverage that contributes to improvements in both engine performance and fuel efficiency.  A straight, four-position shift gate ensures simple, easy-to-use operation in fully-automatic mode. 

A six-speed manual mode is also available for greater driver involvement.  Electronics provide six gear ‘steps’ and the driver can select the next gear sequentially (going up or down the box) by using the paddles attached to the steering wheel, to enjoy truly sporty and responsive driving.  ‘Gear’ change time in manual mode is just 90 milliseconds.

Smooth-shifting six-speed manuals
Standard transmission for 2.0-litre diesel models is a new manual six-speed unit.  This compact transmission is the same length as the previous five-speed unit and weighs just five kilos more.  Improvements featured in the new transmission include a cable-type linkage and a carbon synchronizer for the first and second ratios, constantly-engaged synchromesh for reverse gear, to improve the shift feel and optimised lubrication paths for reduced friction losses.  The broader ratio coverage provide by the six-speed unit delivers better fuel economy, plus improved drivability and quietness at higher speeds.

Full-time ‘Symmetrical’ AWD – the Subaru hallmark
While numerous aspects of the Legacy Tourer are indeed ‘all-new’, the Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system is carried over, giving the new model all the traction advantages for which the Subaru brand is famous.

This is an evolution of Subaru's original full-time AWD system, which has a well-proven ability to provide real driving pleasure, superior driving performance and long-term reliability.  For the system in the Legacy Tourer, two different types of centre differential mechanism, a core feature of AWD, are provided – depending on model.

For the 2-litre diesel and petrol models, four-wheel drive is delivered by a ‘Centre differential AWD with viscous LSD’ system.  This combines a bevel-gear-type centre differential with the basic 50/50 front/rear, torque distribution and a viscous coupling limited slip differential.  When a front wheel or rear wheel slips, the viscous coupling raises the torque distribution to other wheels to ensure optimum traction.

The 2.5i ‘Lineartronic’ models feature ‘Active torque split AWD’.  This system constantly monitors the VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) and front/rear torque distribution, making adjustments according to sudden changes on the road surface.  During normal driving, the torque distribution which achieves the best fuel economy is used.

For maximum driving safety, all models are equipped with Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system.  This is an electronic stability control programme (ESC) that closely monitors vehicle behaviour and automatically corrects excessive understeer and oversteer, by braking individual wheels and/or reducing engine power, to ensure that vehicle follows the course intended by the driver, ensuring maximum safety. 

Powertrain comparisons

Engine             Transmission               Power (PS)     Torque (Nm)    Mpg* / CO2

2.0 Diesel       Six-sp manual             150                  350                  46.3 / 149

2.0 Petrol        Six-sp manual             150                  196                  32.8 / 199

                        Lineartronic                 150                  196                  34.9 / 187

2.5 Petrol        Lineartronic                 167                  229                  33.6 / 196

*combined cycle

 

7.       RUNNING GEA
New suspension, sub-frames and power steering 
Following the strong tradition of the ‘Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept’, engineers have devised and developed the chassis and running gear for the Legacy Tourer to feature many new and updated components.  Their aim was to create a new Subaru that was exceptionally comfortable and safe to drive over long distances, and over many years of ownership, while also guaranteeing good drivability, high performance and genuine motoring pleasure.

To reduce noise, vibrations and harshness (NVH), and to enhance ride comfort, the engine mounting structure has been entirely renewed, for the first time since the Subaru 1000 model of 1966.  An all-new ‘Cradle Mount System’ was adopted where the engine and transmission are mounted on a sub-frame – rather than directly to the body-shell.  This system brings numerous benefits.

The sub-frame is attached to the body-shell using rubber bushes, especially tuned to dampen different frequencies of vibrations generated by the engine, transmission and suspension.  For example, the main cushion rubber uses a liquid-filled type of bush, and the engine is supported on the sub-frame at four widely-spread points. 

In addition, the front suspension and the power steering are mounted on the sub-frame, so that potential vibrations from the road surface are not easily transferred to the body-shell or the car’s occupants – improving ride comfort and refinement.

New front and rear suspensions
For the Legacy Tourer, Subaru has adopted a revised MacPherson strut front suspension, with the lower arm mounted on the sub-frame for greater stability.  Steering response is enhanced, and quietness is increased by reducing vibrations.  The thickness of the stabiliser (anti-roll) bar is increased, improving roll stiffness without requiring a change to the main spring rates.  Road-holding during cornering is enhanced (thanks in part to a wider track), while smooth ride comfort is retained with extended wheel travel and optimised geometry.

At the rear, new ‘short height’ compact double-wishbone suspension is used to minimise intrusion into the cabin or cargo space.  For maximum refinement, all the suspension links and the rear differential are installed on a new sub-frame.  Large bushes are used between the sub-frame and the body-shell to minimise transfer of NVH. 

To achieve an ideal ride/handling balance, new low-friction type dampers are fitted on all models, front and rear.  These dampers are tuned exclusively to match the characteristics of the New Legacy S and ES Nav models’ standard 16-inch wheels and tyres, ensuring a sense of ‘solidity and stability’ in fast driving, without loss of smoothness.  SE and SE NavPlus models are fitted with 18-inch wheels and special uprated Bilstein dampers as part of the Sports Pack, offering enhanced body control.

Electric power steering for improved fuel economy
In order to improve both steering feel and fuel economy, a new rack-and-pinion steering system with electric power assistance has been adopted.  The system is mounted on the front cradle frame at four points, which increases rigidity of the steering system, and enhances its initial response to driver inputs.  For the majority of the Legacy Tourer models, a ‘quick ratio’ is used for increased sporty feeling.

New electronic parking brake and hill-hold function
The all-disc braking system, with ABS and EBD (Electric Brake-force Distribution) as standard, has a linear feel with retardation corresponding closely to applied brake pedal pressure.  A redesigned master cylinder gives a 30% faster response to driver inputs on the brake pedal.   Brake Assist is also standard, developing maximum stopping power automatically when the system detects emergency application of the brakes.

For the Legacy Tourer, an innovative electronic parking brake is used.  Controlled by a dashboard mounted switch, the new system does away with the traditional hand brake, freeing up cabin space and allowing a cleaner, less cluttered centre console design.  If the doors are closed and the driver’s seatbelt is fastened then the parking brake will automatically release when the driver operates the accelerator pedal.

The new braking system also introduces a ‘Hill-Hold’ function.  When the vehicle is stopped on a slope of 5% or more this feature will hold the vehicle on the brakes for one second after the driver removes their foot from the clutch – long enough to move it to the accelerator without rolling back; a feature that is particularly useful when towing.

Wheels and tyres
The standard wheel and tyre combination for the Legacy Tourer 2.0D S and petrol ES Nav is a 16-inch alloy wheel with 205/60 R16 tyre.  SE and SE NavPlus models feature 18-inch alloys with 225/45 R18 tyres.  On all models, a conventional ‘spare wheel’ is not fitted, instead an easy–to-use puncture repair kit is supplied as part of Subaru’s vehicle weight reduction programme.

8.       STRUCTURE & SAFETY
‘Circular links’ enhance strength and occupant protection
As well as ‘new-look’ styling, larger dimensions and new suspension, the Legacy Tourer has a completely reviewed and re-engineered body-shell.  The all-steel unitary structure is refined to enhance ride, handling and refinement, while also delivering the highest level of crash safety performance.  The Legacy Tourer was recently awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, confirming that Subaru’s structural and safety engineers have achieved their targets for this new model.

Newly developed, the body-shell is both lighter and stiffer, featuring ring-shaped reinforcement frames – ‘circular links’ – joining the A, B, C and D-pillars with cross members at roof and floor level.  This creates a series of ‘circular links’ which strongly protects the cabin occupants.  Ultra-high-strength steel plate is used at key portions of the body-shell to achieve strength without adding significantly to overall weight.

By fully exploiting the structural characteristics of the newly adopted sub-frame mounting system, the front body structure is redesigned to improve the rigidity of the front suspension installation and to enhance impact resistance as well as steering response.  These improvements, and reinforcement of the engine bay bulkhead and toe board areas, were accomplished while also saving six kilograms from the front body panels.

The rear floor structure has also been optimised to accommodate the new sub-frame and to reduce weight while increasing rigidity, further improving rear suspension characteristics and vehicle drivability.

Delivering ‘5-Star’ crash safety protection
Using the advanced ring-shaped reinforcements throughout the Legacy Tourer body-shell enhances collision safety and resistance to impacts from all directions.  In addition, the newly adopted ‘cradle mount’ sub-frame mounting system contributes to an enlarged front-end crush zone, further improving occupant protection and the Euro NCAP test performance.

During a front-end collision, the new front ‘cradle mount’ sub-frame deforms in a controlled manner and pushes the power unit downwards to the rear.  As a result, the rearward movement of such a large mass dissipates impact energy and assists the efficient absorption of collision energy by the main body structure.

To enhance side-impact protection, ultra-high-strength steel plate is used for the B-pillar and side sill structures to improve the local cabin area rigidity.  In addition, two door impact beams are placed within each front and rear door. 

By optimally positioning the beams in relation to the door’s internal structure, a sufficient crush space is ensured to minimise intrusion.  Furthermore, a ‘door catcher’ is fitted to the bottom of the rear door to prevent it intruding into the cabin.

Despite the relatively short rear overhang, the Legacy’s structure is optimised so that rear impact energy is efficiently absorbed by controlled and gradual crushing of the rear sub-frames.

To minimise repair costs after a low-speed frontal collision, new impact-absorbing crash boxes are provided behind the front bumper.  Impacts of approximately 9 mph or less can be absorbed without affecting the main frame members.  In addition, the crash boxes can be replaced separately, aiming at reducing repair costs, time and the amount of resources to be used.  Each part of the radiator is attached by bolts, rather than welding, thus making parts replacement during repairing easier, quicker and cheaper.  To achieve the same goal at the rear, a new bumper beam with an impact absorption feature has been adopted. 

‘Passive’ safety advances that also benefit pedestrians
While a robust structure can form the foundation for a truly safe car, Subaru has also ensured that the Legacy Tourer is comprehensively kitted out with a full range of both ‘passive’ and ‘active’ safety equipment – as the best way to prevent occupant injury is to overcome the hazards of daily motoring and avoid any accident in the first place. 

The new front seats have significantly-increased frame and inner-structure stiffness to provide protection against whiplash injuries.  New-design, energy-absorbing head restraints offer greater protection by reducing head impact forces.

Front dual, side and curtain airbags are fitted as standard on all models.  The side and curtain airbags are enlarged for enhanced performance, and the airbag impact sensors have been upgraded to improve responses.

To protect the driver’s knee and lower leg, the steering column’s structure has been redesigned with an impact-absorption space, and a knee protector.  All the foot pedals have a collapsible function (above a pre-set g-force) to reduce the likelihood of foot injuries.

New, impact-absorbing materials and an optimised structure around the front bumper have been designed to exceed the European next-generation pedestrian protection standards, which are the most stringent in the world.  Although steel is used for the hood (to maximise protection of the car’s occupants), the impact-absorbing space beneath the hood and above the low boxer engine is enlarged, and the structure is improved around the body cowl to reduce possible injury to a pedestrian.

9.       EQUIPMENT
Choice of four equipment levels for the Legacy Tourer
The 2012 Subaru Legacy Tourer is available in the UK with four trim/equipment levels.

Standard Equipment on ES Nav
Exterior

Body-coloured bumpers

Body-coloured door mirrors housings

Body-coloured door handles 

Electric folding, heated door mirrors with LED indicators

Front fog lights

UV protected front, side and rear glass

Intermittent rear wash/wiper

Roof spoiler

16-inch alloy wheels with 205/60 R16 tyres

Interior

Welcome lights front and rear

Fabric upholstery and trim

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment

Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls

Leather-wrapped steering and gear selector

10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat

Adjustable lumbar support

Driver’s seatback storage pocket

Front passenger seatback storage pocket

Driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors

Front map reading lights and cascade lighting

Electric windows front and rear

Adjustable dashboard illumination

Multi Information Display

Multi-function centre console with 12v power outlet

Front and rear cup-holders

60/40 spilt rear seat with centre armrest

Retractable luggage cover

Comfort and Convenience

Automatic dusk-sensing head lamps

Automatic rain-sensing wipers

Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning

Cruise control

Bluetooth connectivity

Eco driving ‘change-up’ indicator

Gear-in-use indicator

Colour touch screen SatNav with Bluetooth and CD/DVD playback

Speed-adjusting automatic volume control

AUX input socket in centre console

Audible headlights on reminder

Remote fuel flap release

Hill start assist linked to VDC system

Safety

Front, front side and curtain air bags

Vehicle Dynamics Control stability system

Traction Control

ABS, EBD and EBA braking systems

AWD full-time all-wheel drive system

Electronic push/pull handbrake

Security

Remote central locking with deadlocks

High security integrated audio system 

Locking wheel nuts

Window etching

Rolling code ECU immobiliser

Thatcham Category 1 alarm

Standard Equipment on S 
Additional items over ES Nav model

HID head lamps with power washers and automatic self-levelling

Powered glass tilt-n-slide sunroof with interior sunshade

Heated front seats and wiper de-icers

Standard Equipment on SE 
Additional items over S model

Sports Pack

18-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 R18 tyres

Bilstein dampers

Sports front bumper and front grille

Black head lamp housings

Aluminium foot pedals

Carbon-fibre effect interior trims

Leather upholstery and trim

10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory

Standard Equipment on SE NavPlus 
Additional items over SE model

Smart Entry (keyless access)

Push button engine start/stop

DVD satellite navigation and audio system with Dolby Prologic II

On board computer

AUX video input

Rear view camera 

 

11.      MODEL HISTORY
Legacy Tourer celebrates over two-decades of AWD
In 2009 the Subaru Legacy celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Throughout its four previous generations, Subaru’s unique technologies, such as the AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system paired with the horizontally opposed (Boxer) engine, have delivered a very special blend of driving performance, comfort, durability and safety.

As a result, up to the end of 2008, Legacy production had reached a total of over 3.6 million units (including the Outback model), while receiving high praise from media and public.

Now, as Subaru’s flagship model, the fifth-generation Legacy has been developed to pursue new directions for Subaru, setting new values worthy of the brand, as well as acknowledging the proud heritage that successive Legacy models have established.

First generation (from 1989)
Striving for a world-class vehicle, development started with a goal of refining the Subaru driving experience. Legacy received high praise from users. 
LGC_1G_wagon
Second generation (from 1993)
The original concept was retained, while performance was
further improved.  Along with upgrades to handling and styling,
AWD driving performance and practicality were enhanced.
LGC_2G
Third generation (from 1998)
Qualities as a driver’s car were pursued to the utmost. Aiming
to establish a flagship for truly global brand, key qualities such
as safety performance were further refined.
LGC_3G
Fourth generation (from 2003)
With a focus on ‘emotional performance’, the car was widened
and the overall design renewed, inside and out. Weight was
reduced, and significant attention was paid to driving
performance and environmental friendliness.
LGC_4G

 

1

Subaru Legacy Tourer

Body and chassis
Five-door, five-seater estate, with all-steel unitary construction body-shell.  Choice of three longitudinally-mounted diesel and petrol Boxer engines driving the front and rear wheels (AWD) via a six-speed manual or six-speed Lineartronic CVT transmission – depending on model.

Engines

2.0-litre / 150PS Diesel
Name                          Subaru Boxer (diesel) 

Type                            DOHC, horizontally opposed ‘flat four’, with VGT

Capacity                      2.0-litres, 1,998 cc

Bore & Stroke              86.0 x 86.0 mm

Compression ratio       16.0:1

Max power                  150 PS (110 kW) @ 3,600 rpm

Max torque                  350 Nm (258.2 lb.ft) @ 1,800-2.400 rpm

Valves                         16 (4-per-cylinder)

Fuel system                 CRDi, common-rail, high pressure, direct injection

Turbo system              Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)

Construction                Aluminium cylinder block and heads

Emissions class          Euro Stage 5

2.0-litre / 150PS Petrol
Name                          Subaru Boxer

Type                            SOHC, horizontally opposed ‘flat four’ 

Capacity                      2.0-litres, 1,994 cc

Bore and stroke           92.0 x 75.0 mm

Compression ratio       10.2:1

Max power                  150 PS (110 kW) @ 6,000 rpm

Max torque                  196 Nm (145 lb.ft) @ 3,000 rpm

Valves                         16 (4-per-cylinder)

Fuel system                 Multi-point injection

Construction                Aluminium cylinder block and heads

Emissions class          Euro Stage 5

2.5-litre / 167PS Petrol
Name                          Subaru Boxer

Type                            SOHC, horizontally opposed ‘flat four’

Capacity                      2.5-litres, 2,457 cc

Bore & Stroke              99.5 x 79.0 mm

Compression ratio       10.0:1

Max power                  167 PS (123 kW) @ 5,600 rpm

Max torque                  229 Nm (168.9 lb.ft) @ 4,000 rpm

Valves                         16 (4-per-cylinder)

Fuel system                 Multi-point injection

Construction                Aluminium cylinder block and heads

Emissions class          Euro Stage 5

Transmissions

  2.0D  2.0i 2.5i
Manual  6-sp  6-sp   -----
Automatic -----  Lineartronic Lineatronic

Gear ratios

 

2.0D                2.0i MT / AT                2.5i 

1                           3.454:1            3.454:1 / 3.525:1         3.525:1

2                           1.750:1            1.947:1 / -----               -----

3                           1.062:1            1.296 / -----                  -----

4                           0.785:1            0.972:1 / -----               -----

5                           0.634:1            0.825:1 / -----               -----

6                           0.557:1            0.695:1 / 0.558:1         0.558:1

Reverse                3.636:1            3.636:1 / 2.358:1         2.358:1

Final Drive 1         4.111:1            4.444 / 3.700:1            3.700:1

Drivetrains
2.0D                            AWD with centre differential coupled to viscous LSD

2.0i                              AWD with centre differential coupled to viscous LSD

2.5i                              AWD with active torque split system

Suspension and damping
Front                            Fully independent by sub-frame-mounted MacPherson Struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear                            Fully independent by sub-frame-mounted double wishbones, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. 

Steering
Type                            Electric power-assisted rack & pinion

Wheel                          375 mm diameter, three-spoke leather trimmed.

Gearing                       2.8 turns lock-to-lock

Turning circle               11.0 metres

Wheels and tyres
2.0D S                       Alloy 16 in x 6.5J         205/60 R16 tyres

2.0D SE                     Alloy 18 in x 7.5J         225/45 R18 tyres

2.0i ES Nav                Alloy 16 in x 6.5J         205/60 R16 tyres

2.5i SE                       Alloy 18 in x 7.5J         225/45 R18 tyres

Spare (all models)     Tyre mobility kit

DIMENSIONS (mm)

Exterior
Overall length             4775                Overall width               2052/1780*

Overall height             1535                Wheelbase                  2750

Front track                  1540                Rear track                   1540

Front overhang            960                Rear overhang            1065

Ground clearance        150                   *including/excluding door mirrors

Interior                       Front                Rear

Headroom                   1024                  951

Legroom                     1091                  960

Shoulder room            1430                1426

Hip room                     1384                1370

Capacities  (all models)

Fuel tank                     65 litres

Luggage (VDA)           526 litres         behind 2nd row seats

                                    1726 litres       behind 1st row seats (ES Nav)

                                    1677 litres       behind 1st row seats

Weights (kg) 

                                    2.0D                2.0i MT / AT                2.5i

Curb weight (min.)       1558                1463 / 1504                 1526

Gross weight               2075                2010 / 2030                 2030

Towing (max) kg*          750                  750 / 750                     750 (unbraked trailer)

                                    1700                1500 / 1500                 1800 (braked trailer)

Performance 

                                    2.0D                2.0i MT / AT                2.5i

Top speed / mph         120                  120 / 120                     120

0-to-62 mph / sec        9.6                   9.8 / 11.3                     10.3

Fuel economy (mpg)

                                    2.0D                2.0i MT / AT                2.5i 

Combined cycle          46.3                 32.8 / 34.9                   33.6

CO2 g/km                    149                  199 / 187                     196 

Releases

subaru takes residual-value honours

The all-new Subaru Outback, the WRX and Legacy have each received residual value awards from Automotive Lease Guide (ALG), the leading provider of residual value forecast data in North America.

subaru legacy concept to make la show debut

The Subaru Legacy Concept will make its world premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Motor Show on Wednesday 20 November, hinting at the design direction for an all-new version of Subaru's flagship Legacy model.

new-plate september savings from subaru

Subaru UK has lined up some super competitive deals and customer incentives in time for the introduction of the new '62' registration plate this September.

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