Subaru Australia has announced the turbocharged, AWD Levorg wagon for Australia, billing it as the "spiritual successor to the much-loved fourth generation Liberty GT wagon" and a key addition to its range of all-paw performance cars.
Due in Australia in mid-2016, the Levorg has been on sale in Japan since May 2014, where it has generated significant sales.
Supply constraints due to strong Japanese demand had been flagged as a potential barrier to the Levorg's Australian debut, but according to local Subaru Boss Nick Senior, "the factory has been extremely supportive in helping us to secure the Levorg for the Australian market".
For Australia, Senior said the Levorg would help round out the brand's sporty offerings.
"It will join one of the strongest sporting line-ups in the industry - BRZ, WRX, WRX STI and XT - vehicles that last month accounted for nearly 500 sales," he said.
"It will appeal to those fourth generation Liberty GT buyers who have been starved of a logical successor," he continued.
"But we believe it will also attract a much wider audience because of its performance, its versatility, its refinement and its high level of standard equipment."
Although the Levorg is sold in Japan with either a 1.6 litre or 2.0 litre turbocharged flat-four engine, it's understood that only the 2.0 litre powertrain will be coming Down Under.
Producing 220kW of power and 400Nm of torque, the Levorg's 2.0 is mechanically the same as that used by the WRX - albeit with a different state of tune to help it eclipse the WRX's 197kW and 350Nm outputs.
A CVT automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters is the only transmission offered, and is also similar to that used by the WRX. If you were hoping for a manual gearbox, you're fresh out of luck.
Precise specifications and pricing will be released closer to launch.
Senior also hinted at more performance-oriented products being in the pipeline for Australia:
"We have more excitement later this year with three very special limited editions arriving and another in first half of 2016 that will be the ideal complement to Levorg."
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