Following the debut of the Legacy Concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, it appears Subaru is now ready to show us the real thing. The Japanese automaker has just confirmed that a production-spec Legacy sedan will officially bow at next week's Chicago Auto Show.

All we have to work with right now is the teaser image you see above, as well as some general overview-type stuff from Subaru in regards to its new model. According to the company's press blast, the next Legacy "is a midsize sports sedan which offers enhanced driveability and functionality while achieving a design required for a flagship model with a quality feel." In other words, it's a brand-new Legacy.

The Legacy Concept was a decidedly attractive thing, combining coupe-like styling elements and a new design that sort of reminds us of a Buick Regal GS. Of course, Subaru has a storied history of creating excellent-looking concept cars, only to later unveil very watered-down production versions, so we fully expect its new midsize sedan to be quite a bit more boring than the show car we saw in LA. Let's hope we're wrong.

We'll have the full skinny next week as part of the Chicago festivities. For now, scroll down for Subaru's official press release.
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All-New Subaru "Legacy" to Make World Debut at 2014 Chicago Auto Show

Tokyo, January 30, 2014 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced that the all-new "Legacy" (US specifications model) will make its world debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show (Press day: February 6 and 7; Open to the public from February 8 through 17, 2014). The Legacy, Subaru's flagship model which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, will be unveiled at the press briefing scheduled for 10:30 AM CST on February 6 at Subaru booth.

The all-new Legacy is a mid-size sports sedan which offers enhanced driveability and functionality while achieving a design required for a flagship model with a quality feel. Its styling fused with functionality such as roominess and visibility embodies the design direction proposed by the "Legacy Concept" at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.


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      PiCASSO
      • 10 Months Ago
      Please include a WAGON... not an raised OUTBACK, rather a low to the ground WAGON!
      Soul Shinobi
      • 10 Months Ago
      Please don't **** this one up, please don't **** up the styling this time... No hope. :(
      Phlegming Liberal
      • 10 Months Ago
      Legacy Turbo Wagon, we need that NOW.
      jason_golden
      • 10 Months Ago
      I like the side profile and the greenhouse. I really hope this pic is true to the production car's design, and NOT the result of somebody jacking with the aspect ratio. Dammit, Subie, it cannot cost you more to simply incorporate elegance and a visually-balanced stance in your designs, can it? Let's see if "attractive" sells more cars!
      Ryan
      • 10 Months Ago
      Set expectations to... disappointment. In all seriousness though, I hope Subaru decides to return the Legacy to fall closer in line with the 2005-2008. Not just because I own one but because it had so much going for it. Good looking AWD Amazing power for the dollar Low cowl height (thanks to the boxer engine) I love my 05 and if I were shopping for a new car today I would not consider the Legacy. It is too upright, too mainstream.
        Jameskey
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Ryan
        This is all true, I just want a manual hot legacy like the Spec B if I can't get another WRX wagon...
        SethG
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Ryan
        Sadly, this car looks more like the current gen than the 05-08 (which I also had, GT Limited Wagon). With the current generation, they decided to make the Outback more trucklike and the Legacy was taken along for the ride. This made the sedan chunkier inside and out than it had been previously. It's hard to see them making the car much more compact but hopefully it will be sleeker visually.
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Looks nice from here. Don't think I'll like teh mechanicals though.
        Lachmund
        • 10 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Isn't that what Subarus are mostly known for?
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          The mechanicals? I've no problem with boxer engines and AWD. My problem is with the CVTs that are infecting their lineup.
          Joey Franklin
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          don't know why carguy is being downvoted, i would consider this car but not with a CVT. I work for nissan so i have seen firsthand how bad they are.
      Lachmund
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's really sad Subaru and Toyota seem to constantly disappoint. Great concepts, terribly watered down production models.
        Kumar
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Lachmund
        It appears to be more a showcasing of design language than actual features. Mazda does this too. You'll see exaggerated aspects to showcase certain features, like wheel arches on the Subarus, which are toned down later. They did buck their own trend with the Levorg though...that puppy is street ready...except for streets outside of the USA>
          Chad McNeese
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Kumar
          The difference is that Mazda actually uses the styling cues to great results while Subayota often pull so far from the concept that there is almost no real resemblance and they end up with forgettable designs. That can't be said for the recent Mazdas.
          Lachmund
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Kumar
          The Levorg simply is the wagon version of the Impreza, right?
        thyservant
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Lachmund
        Can't answer about Toyota (#1 in the world), but Subaru's sales keep growing leaps and bounds. Someone's impressed. I love my '13 Outback. The 2.5 is punchy, and the CVT is fine. Car handles solidly up to 90 mph (highest I've gone). When it rains its like the car is on rails.
      SteveM
      • 10 Months Ago
      I really like this company's products, and I sincerely hope they bring a "uniquely good looking" product to market. Where I live in CT, you can't drive a mile without seeing a Subaru product. Generally they seem to sell everything they can make, so decent aesthetics would really move them ahead.
      Jimmy
      • 10 Months Ago
      Prepare to be disappointed
      Eggmania
      • 10 Months Ago
      knowing subaru im hoping they leave those lights off.
      Fazzster
      • 10 Months Ago
      Prediction: No more 3.6R 2.0 with 170hp, cvt and 6 speed manual 2.0 Turbo 250hp, cvt only No wagon
        Jasonn
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Fazzster
        Just throw the 200hp from the brz in there and we are all happy!
        GLX4Motion
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Fazzster
        They are definitely going to stick the same 2.5 liter 4 cylinder FB25 engine in as the 2013 and 2014 models. That engine was new as of 2013 even though it had the same displacement as the old one.
          Durishin
          • 10 Months Ago
          @GLX4Motion
          No, VW boy. They'll put in the new,direct-injection one.
      Evgen Skachkov
      • 10 Months Ago
      Looks like Hyundai Sonata
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