Style Magazine - - Promotion - BY GRANT ED­WARDS

Hurtling down gravel roads and con­trol­ling her all-wheel drive Subaru WRX with sur­geon-like pre­ci­sion, Molly Tay­lor never waivers in her com­mit­ment.

Last year the 29-year-old be­came the first fe­male — and the youngest — win­ner of the Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship af­ter the tight­est ti­tle tus­sle in 25 years.

Dur­ing 2017 she is once again be­hind the wheel of a Subaru.

Shar­ing the same un­der­pin­nings as the ve­hi­cle pi­loted by Molly, the re­cently up­dated Subaru Levorg wagon is pow­ered by a choice of a 125kw 1.6-litre turbo (start­ing from $35,990), while there are also two vari­ants part­nered to the WRX’S 197kw 2.0-litre turbo from $49,140.

Mi­nor ex­te­rior changes see the MY18 Levorg wear LED head­lights and higher qual­ity LED fog lights.

In­side, and there is a larger 5.9-inch in­fo­tain­ment dis­play (up from 4.3-inch), front sen­sors, rain sens­ing wipers and it is also the first Subaru to fea­ture 40/20/40 split fold­ing rear seats.

Un­der the skin, and Levorg GT Pre­mium, GT-S and STI Sport will get smoother ride com­fort while re­tain­ing sporty ca­pa­bil­i­ties, through the up­dated Bil­stein sus­pen­sion.

An­other de­but fea­ture for Subaru is the Auto Ve­hi­cle Hold, which means driv­ers no longer have to keep their foot on the brake pedal in sit­u­a­tions like traf­fic con­ges­tion, traf­fic lights or when stopped on hills.

In­stead, Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics Con­trol takes over, main­tain­ing brake fluid pres­sure to keep the car in po­si­tion.

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