2015 SUBARU LIBERTY REVEALED
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Yes, another top-secret model has slipped out this week, with Subaru’s all-new 2015 Liberty sedan surfacing online ahead of its Chicago Auto Show unveiling.
The new Liberty (‘Legacy’ overseas) introduces a more muscular look than its predecessor, which appeared in 2009.
Subaru’s familiar six-point grille dominates the front end, flanked by smaller headlights and - on this trim grade - a more sporting grille design.
A subtle but deep character line runs through the new sedan’s profile, dividing relatively meaty wheel arches.
The back-end is a simple affair, with the long roofline ending at a short rear deck and slender tail-lights wrapping into the rear quarter panels.
Official details on the new Liberty are still to come, but we can likely expect 2.0 or 2.5 litre boxer engines to provide power, depending on the market. The new WRX’s turbocharged engine will likely also appear.
Expect the new Liberty to be larger than its predecessor: in concept form, the sedan measures 4930mm long, 1940mm wide and 1500mm tall, riding on a 2880mm wheelbase.
The already large fifth-generation Liberty measures 4735mm long in sedan form, sitting on a 2751mm wheelbase.
As for a wagon version of the new Liberty, it remains unclear if such a model will join the new generation sedan.
It is believed that the American market - now Subaru's most successful arena - is not interested in the wagon, focusing instead on the next-generation Outback, which may as a result get more unique styling.
In Australia, we could instead see the new Levorg wagon - based on the Impreza but around 110mm longer - debut in the not too distant future.
Watch for more details to come with the new Liberty’s unveiling in Chicago this weekend.