Subaru has been one of the industry's hottest automakers, recording record sales month after month. Those handsome figures have come largely on the backs of its crossover lineup, however – models like Forester, Outback and XV Crosstrek have been carrying all the water. The Japanese marque has seen less noteworthy performance out of its midsize sedan, the Legacy, but a new one is slated to be revealed later this week at the Chicago Auto Show, and it hopes to improve the company's family sedan fortunes.

Leaked here in these first photos, the 2015 Legacy picks up some cues from the brash Legacy Concept revealed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, but it loses some impact and gains a pair of rear doors versus the showcar. There's little new visual ground broken, but the overall look is more harmonious than its balloon-fendered predecessor. As is often the case, it has features that make us think of other cars, but overall, it looks to be a handsome (if conservative) design. We particularly like the sleeker roofline and the bold front grille treatment – the latter will likely serve well as the face of the next Outback.

Subaru has traditionally offered function-over-form interiors, and while the new dashboard remains visually staid, it looks to have picked up a number of nice new features, including improved HVAC controls, a new steering wheel and freshened touchscreen navigation system.

No word yet on what lurks underneath, but as ever, we're expecting standard all-wheel drive and a naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder at the bottom end of the range – either the company's 2.0-liter engine or its 2.5-liter four shared with the Impreza and Forester. No word on the likelihood of the six-cylinder model returning, but it's possible that the turbocharged WRX engine could appear under its hood as a premium offering.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Storm Invictus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, Subaru... I want to love you and keep buying you, but I'm afraid that when it comes time to replace my 2005 Outback, I'm going to look elsewhere. The third generation Legacy/Outback were the best looking and driving Subaru's ever. Handsome, athletic styling and genuinely fun to drive. Hell, my Outback is just a 2.5i 5 speed non-turbo, and it still puts a huge smile on my face when I drive it on a twisty road. The fourth gen got whacked pretty hard by the ugly stick, and after seeing the Legacy concept, I was very hopeful that Subaru might get bold again... but then this anonymous thing shows up and all I can think is 'Toyota's influence is slowly, but surely killing the soul of Subaru'. It's not a bad design. But it's far from a great one either. It is just devoid of personality. If the new 2015 Camry is actually as bold of a design as has been promised, then Subaru's design director needs to commit hari kari, because the day that a Subaru is more bland than a Toyota is going to be a very, very tragic one in the automotive world.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A letdown after the concept, but somewhat better than the previous model. Funny, the new Hyundai Genesis has almost the exact same styling and manages to be much more exciting.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meh. Wouldn't call it ugly, but the styling just doesn't compare to the Ford Fusion and the 2015 Chrysler 200.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I would bet that the Subaru will be on the road a lot longer than those choices.
          • 1 Year Ago
          I don't particularly like Ford or Chrysler but you would lose that bet.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's my two cents: it looks a lot better overall. It's conservative yet very handsome. People who buys these cars care for the AWD and reliability not design or outright performance. Who cares if it's not dynamic at least it still has the core values of a Subaru and that's really what matters
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just because there's a new Taurus being designed around the corner, doesn't mean Subaru had to buy the front end at a fire sale But seriously, inside and out this looks already like a 5 year old product, its a shame because they will be often overlooked though.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice Malibu!
      • 1 Year Ago
      That makes the Camry look daring. And what's the deal with the other-company parts-bin raiding? Taurus grill. Sebring headlights. (almost) Corolla taillights. Subarus from the Zapatinas era were ugly, but at least they were unique.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really believe Subaru does not wanna sell vehicles the concept looked so much better.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Subaru has doubled their sales in the last 5 years. That being said, I could see an end to that trend of they keep on designing boring cars.
      Neutral President
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice interior, but gosh… the rest of that is a snoozer. cover the lights and grille, and it could be any one of a dozen cars… Accord? Camry? Lexus ES? … all at least a generation older ones, i might add. It's handsome, but unremarkable. And that's typically not what Subaru buyers are about.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Once again, Cold feet from the Subaru Corporate Heads. The concept was nice, this is Blandsville. I understand vanilla sells and all that jazz, but Subaru seems to never get their own concept to production cars to ever have that "I gotta have it" feeling. Every time it's a let down. I miss quirky Subarus. Baja, XT, SVX, the bug-eyed Imprezas. I understand them wanting to increase sales, however I'm afraid they feel bland is the way to go to increase the sales. Time will tell.
      U crazy
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's 4:30 pmThursday Feb 5th. It's been snowing since about 4 am this morning. Probably got about 10" of new snow and I had four places I had to be today. When you live in Syracuse, NY you better have a car that goes in the snow. I can't count the amount of NICE looking cars I went by that were stuck in the snow. I don't care how it looks if it dosen't GO. LOVE MY UGLY SUBARU. Just sayin.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, I think it's even uglier than the current-gen car. The grille is too big and it does look way too much like a freakin' Camry.
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