• Dec 17, 2008
Click above to enlarge the teaser shot of the Subaru Legacy Concept

Looks like Volvo's not the only automaker teasing the next-gen version of its midsize sedan in Detroit next month. The Subaru Legacy Concept celebrates the model's 20th anniversary and forecasts the styling we should probably expect to see when the current model heads to the retirement home. Hence, those stacked headlights and the new, chunkier-looking grille design are things we should all probably start getting used to. As for those muscular fender flares and the aggressive lower fascia, well, we'll cross our fingers. Consider our interest piqued. Plenty more to come when we get to Detroit. Now, if only they'd bring back that Legacy Wagon, too....

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Remember when Subaru made cool cars like the XT and SVX. Are those days gone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah< but the SVX (I had 2, both AWD) cruised at 100mph on about 3,000 revs and was totally silent.

        It was a fantastic, go everywhere GT that could be made sportier simply by putting on some nice V-rated rubber (best if of the Italian variety).
        • 6 Years Ago
        the SVX might have been cool *looking* ... but was automatic-only and even available in FWD. the engine was nothing to write home about either. i test drove one and it had the dynamics of a worn-out Camry. not exciting in the slightest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We own a 2003 Legacy 5-speed wagon (the L Special Edition with 16-inch alloys, dual sunroof, fog lights, etc.), which replaced a 1990 Legacy SE AWD wagon. When the "aeroplane"-style grille premiered a few years ago on the first Tribecas and the then-current Imprezas, I sent a telepathic message to Subaru headquarters in New Jersey: "Putting this on the front of any future Legacy wagon would be abominable. Please, no." So what happens? First the Legacy 5-speed wagon disappears in the US, then all Legacy wagons. Now, even if they bring back the wagon, it will have window frames like all the other new Subies, and quite possibly no 5-speed. I just hope our '03 lasts a long, long time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait.. what just happened? Did Subaru make a not hideous car (even if it is a concept)

      I think this looks great! But I am not going to hold my breath until I see the side and rear, I've been burned in the past by these guys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a 2006 WRX:
      Pros: a blast to drive, bulletproof reliability (used own a godawful Audi S4)
      Cons: no low end torque, a little tight for a sedan, cheap interior and sound system
      Have held out moving over to a BMW because they are over-priced and have serious reliability issues. Also, been waiting for the new Legacy. So, here is my wish list:
      1. Make an STI version with H6 twin turbo.
      2. Upgrade interior and sound system to Honda/BMW/Audi quality.
      3. Make the NAV optional (I think it's a waste of money).
      4. Make it no bigger than the 3 series, NOT as big as the 5 series.

      Hey Subaru, I'm in the demographic you're aiming at for the Legacy (i.e. married with kids). Take my word for it, if you do this right you will attract lots of frustrated Audi and BMW owners.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Hope this will be a bit more reliable than Subies in general ... unless they've been making strides recently).

      (coming from the owner of a 2003 Legacy H-6)
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks too much like a Chevy Cruze to not be a Chevy Cruze. Considering GM and Subaru have worked together in the past (Saab 9-2X), It looks to me like it's just a badge-engineered Cruze.

      Compare: http://jamesbrownontheroad.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/cruze_unchopped.jpg
        • 6 Years Ago
        I might be wrong, but being a douche about it won't make your pp any bigger. :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        General Motors no longer has anything to do with Subaru. They owned a small portion of Fuji Heavy a few years ago, but that partnership is long since over.

        The new Legacy is a completely Subaru-designed product. It contains no GM influence at all and shares zero components with the Cruze. It will be significantly bigger than the Cruze and aside from a similarity in the grille shape, won't look ANYTHING like it.

        So you are, in a word, wrong.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad from that pic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't think I'll be trading in my '05 LGT for one of these, but it's hard to make a judgment call until we see the side of it. The mirrors look ... atrophied.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Weird. I thought they killed their legacy yesterday.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Comment of the week.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Very good!

        Not sure anyone else got it.

        I imagine that you are right on this one!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks guys!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Shipey thought the very same thing. Did you see the press release from BBC news world Ikuo Mori was brought too tears.

        Nice comment though!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, with the replacement on the way, let's hope the 2l Diesel gets clean for us, although I'm not sure if Subaru can shoulder than investment for the potential sales.
      Like the styling- High-beam LED's are not totally out of the question anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a past (and probably future) Subie owner, I have to say that few people buy them for their looks. However, I learned long ago 'tis better to buy an ugly car that works right than to buy a beautiful car that is built like crap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes!

        That is why I can't buy a BMW and I walk past Audis.

        Would be nice to have something to make me hold off on buying 09 WRX or 09 Legacy Spec B...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The stacked headlights make it look like a weird spider-type thing. And no, that's not a good thing. What's with all the experimentation with headlights these days anyway? Most of them look like crap and will look worse in 5 years once the fad passes.

      The other elements look great. I like the LED lights beside the main lamps, definitely definitely love the fender flares, but the headlights... Subaru: keep it clean, sharp, aesthetic.
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