The current Subaru Legacy is only three years old, but compared to rival midsize sedans like the Mazda6 and Ford Fusion, which have recently received thorough redesigns, it might as well be a million. In other words, a reworking is in order. Caught in these spy shots, the 2015 Subaru Legacy appears to be about the same size as the current model, but it appears that Subaru is looking to push the sedan a little more upmarket in terms of styling and luxury.

Despite the heavy camouflage, some elements of the new Legacy's design are still visible. The new headlights still have a scalloped shape but are much narrower, and we can also see the deep body creases that run the full length of the sedan. At the rear of the new Legacy, the taillights should get some added depth with a C-shaped brake light design similar to what we saw on the WRX Concept earlier in the year.

Showing that Subaru is aiming a little bit higher for this Legacy, this car is being benchmarked against all-wheel-drive luxury vehicles like the current Infiniti G37 and the Audi Allroad – the latter is likely for comparison with the Legacy's wagon version, the Outback. Following the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, we expect the 2015 Legacy to be the next Subaru product to get a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, which we hear will be paired with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a CVT and, of course, all-wheel drive.

No word as to when the 2015 Legacy will debut, but the New York Auto Show is as good a guess as any.


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      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      03-09 Generation was the best, especially the Spec B which was an awesome car. Subaru screwed the Legacy when they redesigned it for 2010. I'm glad they're finally seeing the error of their ways.
        Carmaker1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spartan
        I really wanted that as a first car, the Legacy Spec. B (preferred the 2005-07 STi more) many years ago. None were in stock when looking. I ended up with a '07 Sonata and then 8-9 months later, insurance reimbursement (totaled after gunpoint carjacking theft in 7 mos.) replaced it with an '08 Infiniti G35 Sport 6MT. Even after that, I still wanted the Spec. B as that was the best generation of Legacy and the perfect model in the line-up. Basically a grown-up STi, as I learned that from driving my friend's '08 and an '09 model at a dealership. Someone bought the latter before I did, so to this day I somewhat regret not snagging one. I hope Subaru returns next year with something as stylish and well-performing as that was. I might settle for that as a DD, compared to the pathetic new Q50.
      pheasant601
      • 1 Year Ago
      OOooooohhhh Baby. My X-Ray vision is telling me that this will be a very nice looking car. I never liked the current version. As the owner of a 2008 I'm happy to see the smaller headlights. Even if this is simply a bigger Impreza, I'll be a very happy boy.
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bench marking it against a G37? That's awesome. Maybe they'll bring it back in line with the 4th generation Legacy, which had a borderline luxury interior for the price.
      wtrmlnjuc
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad Subaru is finally heading out of the bad styling of the current generation. You can clearly see/imagine the new grille and lights even through the camouflage. It looks more like the WRX Concept which is always a welcome addition.
      tabtalan
      • 1 Year Ago
      We have two very expensive to service Audis to be replaced by japanese cars good reddance JD
      Stang70Fastback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't see much, and it already looks promising. Even with all the camouflage it manages to make the current Legacy look like a fat turd... ...which isn't saying much, since other things that make the current Legacy look like a fat turd include a transit bus, an elephant, and a fat turd.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      My wife test drove a NA Legacy in a manual. It was slow. I mean like don’t pull out on a busy highway slow. The engine had no sense of urgency what so ever. We went there to by a legacy turbo, but it was discontinued. She bought a WRX instead. A car has to have a reasonable amount of useful torque. That base engine needs more power and they should really think about dropping the CVT for a nice 6 speed auto. CVT is the first disqualifier for me.
        ALafya
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Keep dreaming. Subaru is committed to fuel economy and their CVTs. It will have a more powerful version, perhaps the FA 2.0 T. You can only take comfort in a (base?) manual version.
      lpattis
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish SOA would bring back the Legacy Wagon...
        wilkegm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lpattis
        unfortunately, that makes you, me, and the two people that up-voted you. Just not enough.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      A minor point but-- I hate the blacked-out panel at the corner of the rear-door window. It's a clumsy styling patch when the designers and the engineers can't agree on where and how the cut lines should fall. The Chrysler Sebring/200 has a particularly bad example, but Mazda did it on the last 6, and Ford had a really unattractive one on the old Contour.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hannibal Lecter series.
      Durishin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Puhlease, Subaru. Make sports sedans again! My Spec. B will need to be replaced in another 50k. Puhlease!
      jf.bouchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know it's early to tell for sure, but I dislike how the DLO is cut up in so many plastic pieces and pillars in this prototype. Subaru could have done a better job at resolving the way the windows all line up. IMO the 05-09 Legacy's glass and trim looked a lot cleaner: http://carwalls.mi9.com/subaru/4568/2004-subaru-legacy-sedan-1600x1200-image-11.jpg
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