HEADED FOR SA: The sixth-generation Subaru Legacy will arrive locally in March 2015. Image: Subaru.
Johannesburg - Subaru's new Legacy will arrive in South Africa in March 2015. The new sedan will be powered by a potent new 3.6-litre petrol.
The 191kW/350Nm 3.6R makes it the new flagship for the automaker.
The sixth generation Legacy continues Subaru's heritage of "intelligent engineering" with its six-cylinder Boxer engine and new symmetrical all-wheel drive. The 3.6R is equipped with hill assist.
The Legacy comes standard with a rear-view camera and anew “welcome lighting” that automatically turns on interior and exterior lights as the driver approaches or leaves the car.
A new rollover sensor can deploy the side-curtain airbags and the 2015 Subaru Legacy introduces a new type of airbag restraint (standard on Limited and optional for the 2.5i Premium models) as wells as a new rear radar system. The new front airbags help to keep occupants in place in a frontal collision.
The rear radar system offers three functions - blind-spot detection; lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert (detects vehicles while reversing, such as out of a parking slot or driveway).
The EyeSight driver-assist system integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and vehicle lane departure warning. According to the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, EyeSight, which uses Subaru-developed stereo camera technology, is the highest-rated front crash prevention system.
Subaru Southern Africa’s marketing manager, Ashley Lazarus said: "Intelligence has always been part of the Legacy philosophy and this is apparent in features such as Si-Drive and other driver aids, advanced transmission and drivetrain technology and both passive and dynamic safety.
“The new version is designed to be a more engaging car on an emotional and tactile level, starting with a sleeker, sportier shape and a purposeful countenance underpinned by the new grille. It continues on the inside with a more driver-centric cockpit and an upmarket yet sporty persona.
“The result is a car which continues to instil trust and confidence, but with a bold look and feel which clearly says, ‘drive me’. Adding features such as Active Torque Vectoring and a Lineartronic transmission configured for driving pleasure will ensure that it lives up to that promise.”
The new Subaru Legacy 3.6R is expected to be priced at R530 000, which includes a thee-year or 75 000km maintenance plan.