Subaru last offered a turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine in Liberty's previous fifth generation, when the GT model was fitted with a 184kW/339Nm 2.5-litre engine, and this new one looks as if it will replace the current 191kW/350Nm 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer engine used in the 3.6R. And to clarify, the 11.6-inch screen is standard on Premium, Sport, and Limited, as well as the range-topping Touring, which also adds navigation at no charge. Wider fenders cover 17- or 18-inch wheels, while at the front there's a frameless hexagonal grille. The naturally aspirated option is a revamped version of the 2.5-liter BOXER we first saw in the 2019 Forester. The latter sees the sedan hit 60 miles per hour in a little over 6.0 seconds. This engine debuted in the latest Forester, and delivers 182 hp at 5,800 rpm and 239 Nm at 4,400 rpm - 0-96 km/h in 8.4 seconds. Equipped with this engine, Subaru claims the Legacy will do 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.4 seconds, and achieve Environmental Protection Agency-rated fuel economy of 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.
Subaru expects the new Legacy to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when it's tested later this year. The FA24, on the other hand, is rated 24 city and 32 highway. The Golf GTI-inspired Jetta GLI will arrive at dealerships in the spring of this year with three trims: two regular. That has MacPherson struts at the front, and a double-wishbone layout at the rear. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring are supported, and while numerous car's functions are accessed through the screen, it's great to see physical volume controls and easy-to-access climate control switches outside the main screen. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system will be available on higher trims.
The rest of the cabin gets an upgrade, too.
There are 10-way-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, and an adjustable bottom cushion length for the driver in the Limited and Touring trims.
Another first for the 2020 Legacy is the Front View Monitor, standard on the Touring XT. The new Legacy features up to four USB ports and can be had with a wireless charging pad and a wi-fi antenna that turns the vehicle into a mobile hotspot. As for trunk space, there's 15.1 cubic feet on offer, and Subaru outfits the 2020 Legacy with roof mounting brackets as standard. It's optional on the Limited and standard on both XT trims, and uses a camera and facial-recognition software to identify signs that the driver is exhausted or occupied with a task that isn't driving.
Pricing will be announced closer to the 2020 Legacy's fall arrival at U.S. showrooms. It makes the new five-seat, four-door sedan lighter and stiffer, with improved steering and a lower centre of gravity.