• Jan 11th 2009 at 8:48AM
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Click above for high-res image gallery of the Subaru Legacy Concept

The official unveiling doesn't take place until later this afternoon, but Subaru has already released the details on the Legacy Concept it's introducing this year at Detroit. We only have the head-on shot at the moment, but what you're seeing here is likely the new face of the Legacy, complete with funky-shaped headlamp lenses and a trapezoidal theme to the prow. According to Subaru's, that paint color is called "Ultimate Silver" and the overall design theme is "High Definition," for what that's worth. Power comes from the automaker's 3.6L six-cylinder boxer mated, of course, to an AWD system.

Inside, you'll find a technology carnival, with a multitude of displays available to the four occupants, including the driver. The instrument panel gets a multifunction touchscreen display instead of a traditional center control stack -- no mechanical controls are present -- and those teensy side mirrors house cameras that display the view aft on the widescreen rearview "mirror" in the cabin. Rear passengers get their headrest-mounted LCD screens and their own touchscreen control interface. Outside of the obvious show-car tech, the shapes you see inside are likely what to expect when the production car makes its eventual debut.

Live photos copyright ©2009 Alex Núñez / Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Subaru]


All-New 2009 Subaru LEGACY CONCEPT Debuts at the 2009 North American International Auto Show

- Concept car hints at future Legacy design language -

- Features Symmetrical AWD and 3.6-liter Boxer engine -

DETROIT, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. revealed the 2009 Subaru LEGACY CONCEPT today at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. The new LEGACY CONCEPT is a hint at the future of Legacy design. The design showcases the sport sedan heritage of the Subaru Legacy, but in more modern and purposeful package.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Subaru Legacy, the LEGACY CONCEPT has been developed to showcase the Legacy's sporting capabilities and features Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system mated to a Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine. The design concept is based on a larger 108.3 in. wheelbase designed to maximize interior space and provide comfortable accommodations for four adults.

The theme of concept design is "Presence", represented by the aggressive front facia and solid yet expressive body. Four powerful and defined wheel arches emphasize the dynamism of Symmetrical AWD. Sharp design lines carve out a substantial mass as they flow from the hood, across the roof to the trunk, while the sharp body lines project a sense of strength. Wedge-shaped Side Rear Vision Cameras are featured and provide a sense of flow from the momentum of the A-pillar lines. A character line runs from just before the A-pillar and sweeps up to the tail just above the taillamps.

This grille design incorporates a central wing motif that defines the Legacy's Subaru brand identity. The Subaru logo separates a deep central grille shape that is accented by sharp headlamps with a dual vertical-row layout of multiple LED lamps. In addition, the slim, vertical fog lamps set in a large front valance with angular air intakes add a jewel-like touch to the front design. The LEGACY CONCEPT is finished in a special high-luster "Ultimate Silver" paint to accentuate the design's angular shapes.

The interior design features a striking four-seat layout that showcases the "High Definition" design theme. Comfort and style are achieved with a mix of touch-screens, cameras and modern surface coverings. The high-tech look blends with comfort through four separate seating areas, a high roofline and generous legroom for all passengers. The center console features a large touch-panel display that concentrates various functions for simplified use, while the flowing shape extends vertically to emphasize the feeling of strength and solidity in union with the exterior. A steering wheel and shift lever have been adapted to accentuate the sporty nature elemental in the Legacy's DNA.

In-car entertainment is featured through monitors with multiple functions that are located in the center console, as well as in the rear of the front seat headrests to provide comfortable functionality as well a calm design that creates a relaxed ambiance for passengers. The monitor for the Side Rear Vision Camera has been situated toward the front of the roof to maximize rear visibility. The design is capped off with seats covered in pearl white leather that give off a blue sheen, while black metallic leather has been used for the door trim to create contrast with the instrument panel.

The Legacy was introduced globally in 1989, produced in Japan and Lafayette, Indiana. Since that date until November 2008, the total global production has exceeded 3.6 million vehicles making it Subaru's core model. During that period, Subaru's core technologies of a Horizontally-Opposed engine and Symmetrical AWD have served to further the basic elements of automotive performance while continuously evolving for unparalleled handling, stability, and safety. This LEGACY CONCEPT incorporates the Legacy heritage while also serving as a concept model that provides an image of the new driving comfort and reliability that will continue to serve as a touchstone for Subaru.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a feeling this thing feels about the size of a 300C when you stand next to it.

      Alex, can you confirm?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh. The styling isn't doing it for me. The front and rear look overdone (the rear reminds me of the OLD B9 Tribeca), while the side looks like the original Infiniti G35. I like the current Legacy more for its styling that doesn't offend but still lets you know it's a Subaru (because the side profile has essentially been unchanged since the early 1990s until now).
      That said, I sure hope fuel economy and interior quality are improved over the current model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow...this looks VERY interesting...may even influence my decision on my pending purchase of the GT-R! :o)

      Sanding by Subaru...hit me!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I feel embarrassed for Subaru. Just when you thought things couldn't get worse than the current Imprezza...

      Autoblog should start an "ugliest concepts" category, and this should be #1.

      I rarely post here, but just had to comment.

      This design is so confused and lost, it's hard to know where to start. Someone earlier commented that this looks like it was designed by a committee, and I'd agree with that. The overall shape looks more like a tank than a fast, sleek, AWD vehicle. This looks like a 1st year design student's project, and they got C-. The lines are so discontinous it's unbelievable! This looks like one of those creepy spider robot things from the first Matrix movie, and not in good way.

      Subaru, please do yourself and your marketshare a huge favour, and walk away from this concept. Get back to basics! A late-nineties Impressa RS looks nicer than this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what a surprise it got bigger. Car companies dont seem to get bigger isnt better anymore. We are out of that phaze. Mazda did the same thing to the 6. At least nissan shrunk the maxima.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except the Legacy absolutely had to get larger. I just traded off a 2007 subaru legacy because riding in the back seat was absolutely terrible for adults. If this new one gains 1-2 inches in rear leg room, it would be fantastic. I've always thought front seat leg room was good enough on the legacy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "2.9 inches taller, 3.9 inches longer, and has a 3 inch longer wheel base."
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the current Legacy GT. This one is...generic in some ways. Still handsome but it could be an Infiniti M or an Acura RL. Nothing very distinctive really.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the interior looks as good as the car, My next car purchase is going to be a subaru!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Blast it, get rid of the framed windows!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Subamus Maximus. Hope some of the styling queues get adopted by the impreza line.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Autoblog try and grab a better picture of the Tail lights please!!!!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This very different for Subaru. Syling looks good....not great...mabe it will grow on me. almost to audi like. As a family that has had several subies, I'm not sure the higher hood/cowl will feel when sitting in the car. This is clearly a sport sedan so is very low....not a snow car at all. Guess I will not be trading our Forester for this one! If this is a nother $40k plus entry luxo it better do something significantly better than Audi. If this is $25-30k with good performance maybe it has a niche.
      Too many hi techie electronics is a negative for me. A good GPS display and seamless integration with cell phone and Ipod is enough
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn. I thought Subaru was joining up with Toyota. That's the fugliest-lookin' Altima I ever saw -- not that the Altima looks all that hot in the first place ...
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