Advertisement
Find a Car
Go!

2009 Detroit Show: Subaru Legacy Concept

Follow Bengt

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

Enlarge Photo

Two years ago at Detroit, Subaru unveiled a modestly restyled and repackaged—but not all new—Legacy. Now it's almost time for a completely new one.

The Subaru Legacy Concept that the automaker showed for the first time today, at the North American International Auto Show, shows a “vision of what a future Legacy sedan might look like,” according to Tom Doll, the executive VP of Subaru of America. Doll added that “people seem to forget that we’ve been making sedans for a long time.”

The new Concept also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the model which, in rugged Outback and sporty GT trim and by making all-wheel drive standard on every vehicle, saved the brand from a near retreat from the U.S. market in the mid-1990s.

Designed by the company’s head of design, Osamu Namba, the Legacy Concept takes a new direction compared to the current Legacy, with a chunky, imposing face, and a “design line” that develops near the top of the fender and runs all the way into the taillights—a departure from the smooth, almost slab-sided flanks of the current car. The front design represents a nice compromise, as down below there are some WRC influences in the wide stance and gaping front air dam, yet it also has a sophisticated look thanks to the delicately shaped headlights. At the back, the LED lamps taper inward from the side crease, and the decklid doesn’t rise as high as those of some sedans, which is refreshing.

Inside, the theme is “high definition” according to Namba, with a much more glitzy look compared to current and former Legacys. The three-spoke steering wheel with round hub, combined with the abundance of textured matte-black and matte-aluminum, looks very Mazda, but the Legacy has a welcome elegance as well, with the shift bezel maintaining a jewel-like luster. Gauges are backed in a cool blue, and a flat-panel touch scren controls a range of features, including navigation. The back seat looks considerably more plush, with power controls and a large armrest and screens built into the back of the front seats.

Subaru had no word on engines in the next-generation Legacy, though it’s almost certain that the family of horizontally opposed engines (part of the automaker’s identity) will return.

The automaker has been widening the differences between its sedans and wagons, design and styling-wise, so we expect similar sheetmetal, especially in front, but a decidedly different overall look for the Outback.

Curiously, the concept has some elements—such as more creases and more chrome—that seem to be going out of vogue in some segments of the market. But that’s one of the things that we like about the show cars this year, versus a few shows back when every crossover SUV concept and sedan concept seemed to look alike. No single manner of detailing has swept across all the automakers this year, and being a little different is good.

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

Enlarge Photo

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

Enlarge Photo

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

Enlarge Photo

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

Enlarge Photo

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

Enlarge Photo

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

Enlarge Photo

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

Enlarge Photo

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

Enlarge Photo
Advertisement
 
Follow Us

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comments (4)
  1. "Mr."

    Big surprise. Subaru unveils yet another bizarre design. It wasn't bad enough that they made the new WRX look like a Korean hatchback, now the next Legacy will look like the futuristic bastard child of an Altima and an Acura TSX. Subaru, please. Consider outsourcing your design work. This thing is UGLY!
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  2. "Reece"

    Wow, hit me with the ugly stick would you! Problem is that it is a nasty mish mash of various design ellements that just don't work together. front lights are the only interesting exterior design feature. Interior is great but unlikely to make it into production.
    Sorry but wrong again Subaru.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  3. "New Altima??"

    Looks to much like an Altima,
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  4. "Complainers"

    jeez, people love to bitch huh? It's fine.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Advertisement
Take Us With You!
   
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

More From High Gear Media


 
 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC. Send us feedback.