There are some differences between the refreshed Legacy and the one seen at right, though. For instance, while the area beneath the bumper is changed, the grille isn't. It sports the same chrome divider as seen on the current US Legacy. The new Japanese and European models (except Outback, which gets unique grillework) have a more pronounced "V" bisecting the grille opening, which we like very much. Also, Japan-market Spec.B cars get a honeycomb grille.
Winding Road notes that the amber inserts on the head and taillights have been scratched in favor of clear ones -- a welcome (albeit extremely minor) change that is in keeping with the facelift other markets are seeing.
What's the big scoop for? Those things don't appear on current Subies unless there's a turbocharged powerplant lurking underneath. In Japan, the 2.0 Spec.B package is good for 280 horses -- more than you get with any current Legacy engine here. Could we see something with WRX STi-type numbers in store for the Legacy? Your guess is as good as ours, but it sure would be nice.
We'll say this: our curiosity has been piqued.
(Photos of the updated Japanese and European Legacy after the jump.)
The Facelifted Legacy
The Legacy in the spy photos at Winding Road sports the same headlamps as the new European and Japanese models, but the rest is different. The mule has the old grille but a new lower fascia. Here are a few shots of the facelifted Legacy that is appearing in other markets right now.