SUBARU LEVORG CONCEPT
Today's unveiling comes on the heel of teaser images released earlier this month, along with confirmation of plans for a Japanese-market debut in 2014.4
Despite its Legacy-inspired name, the Levorg rides on a 2650mm wheelbase, matching the footprint of the Impreza small sedan and hatch. By comparison, the clearly large Liberty/Legacy wagon boasts a 2750mm wheelbase.
Likewise, the Levorg's overall length is listed at 4690mm, making it around 50mm shorter than the Liberty and around 100mm longer than the Impreza sedan.
On those measurements alone, and with the power figures offered with the larger 2.0 litre engine (see below), the Levorg could be considered something of a new WRX wagon.
With a low rear roofline, hexagonal grille and ‘hawk-eye’ headlights, Subaru claims the Levorg is “stylish and functional”.
New paint finishes for Subaru will appear on the Levorg’s exterior, with ‘metallic blue grey steel’ and ‘pearl crystal white’ among the colour options.
The production version of the 2014 Subaru Levorg is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in the first half of next year, with pre-orders starting in January.
Pricing is yet to be released, and Subaru has no plans to export the Levorg to overseas markets at this stage.
In concept form, the Levorg is specified with a choice of either a 1.6 litre or 2.0 litre horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ engine; both featuring direct injection and turbocharging.
The 1.6 litre engine produces 125kW and 250Nm of torque, with fuel consumption listed at a low 5.7 l/100km. Subaru lists a theoretical driving range of over 1000km from one tank of fuel.
Power for the 2.0 litre unit is listed at 221kW and 400Nm, with fuel economy listed at 7.6 l/100km.
The 1.6 litre model weighs in at 1540kg, while the the 2.0 litre model rises to 1570kg.
Both engines are matched to CVT transmissions, with the 2.0 litre unit receiving a ‘sports’ version, which allows ‘eight-speed’ shifting.
In 1.6 litre form, there's a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, while the 2.0 litre gets 18-inch hoops. Other features include electric power steering controlled by a small-diameter flat-bottom steering wheel.
INTERIOR AND SAFETY
Interior features include piano-black finishes, seven airbags, a 3.5 inch colour screen in the instrument cluster and Subaru’s next-generation EyeSight driver-assist system.
The newest version of EyeSight upgrades to ‘stereo’ cameras with a wider angle, farther visibility and colour recognition.
Other new features include the Active Lane Keep System, Pre-Collision Reverse Throttle Management and Brake Light Recognition to complement the existing Pre-Collision Braking Control and Adaptive Cruise Control systems.