Re­vised Subaru Legacy bows in Chicago

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

Subaru will de­but the 2018 Legacy mid­size sedan at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show which starts this week.

The new Legacy fea­tures re­vised styling and sig­nif­i­cant up­grades to com­fort, safety, and mul­ti­me­dia ca­pa­bil­ity.

In ad­di­tion to ma­jor changes, myr­iad smaller en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign de­tails through­out the 2018 Legacy en­hance the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The 2018 Subaru Legacy will go on sale this sum­mer. The 2018 Legacy will be avail­able in a 2.5i model with 175hp 2.5-litre four-cylin­der Boxer en­gine, or, as the Legacy 3.6R with a 256 hp 3.6-litre six-cylin­der Boxer en­gine.

Both en­gines come teamed as stan­dard with the Lin­eartronic CVT (con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion) with man­ual mode and pad­dle shift con­trol switches. A re­tuned ECU for 2018 pro­vides the CVT with more re­spon­sive and smoother ac­cel­er­a­tion.

Legacy adds to its ar­ray of driver-as­sist fea­tures for 2018, in­clud­ing avail­able new Steer­ing Re­spon­sive Head­lights (SRH).

Avail­able in con­junc­tion with LED head­lights, SRH aims the lights into turns as the driver steers.

Also for 2018, Limited mod­els with EyeSight uti­lize the sys­tems’ cam­eras for High Beam As­sist, which au­to­mat­i­cally turn the high beams on and off de­pend­ing on traf­fic con­di­tions.

Subaru went through the Legacy chas­sis to make the 2018 model even more com­fort­able to drive, while also re­tun­ing its sus­pen­sion to en­hance agility and steer­ing and brake feel.

Re­tuned dampers re­duce the ini­tial im­pact of bumps while also re­duc­ing body roll through turns. Smoother, more lin­ear re­sponse from the Elec­tric Power Steer­ing (EPS) and a firmer, more di­rect brake-pedal feel also make the Legacy more en­gag­ing to drive.

The 2018 Legacy gains the brand’s lat­est Subaru Star­link Mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem with Blue­tooth wire­less ca­pa­bil­ity, iPod con­trol, smart­phone in­te­gra­tion with Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, and more.

Be­gin­ning un­veiled this week at the Chicago Auto show, the 2018 Subaru Legacy fea­tures a re­vised front and rear styling for sportier look and re­designed in­te­rior with more premium ma­te­ri­als.

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