Tesla-like touchscreen to take center stage on 2020 Subaru Legacy

January 31, 2019

The 2020 Subaru Legacy that will debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show in early February will feature a vertically arranged touchscreen for infotainment not unlike that used on Tesla and Volvo vehicles.

Subaru released a teaser image of the 2020 Legacy's dashboard but didn't specify the screen's dimensions.

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From the image, it appears that the screen absorbs most climate and audio controls, though there are separate buttons and knobs for temperature, defroster, volume, and tuning. The Legacy will also apparently offer both heated and cooled front seats for the first time.

Additionally, it looks like the Legacy will offer the driver-attention monitor that debuted on the 2019 Subaru Forester. The system uses an infrared camera that watches the driver's eyes to ensure that they're on the road and not looking down at a smartphone. The driver-attention system doesn't interact with any of the Forester's safety systems, but it sounds an alert if it determines the driver is either too distracted or too tired.

With the 2020 Legacy, Subaru will be the first mainstream automaker to make a vertical screen standard fare on a vehicle that's not a crossover SUV. The 2020 Ford Explorer crossover SUV and 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck are also available with tall, tablet-like displays.

It's likely that the new Legacy will share its dashboard with the next Subaru Outback, too.

We'll know more Feb. 7 when the 2020 Legacy makes its debut in Chicago.

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