Unlike most production-ready models, the new 2010 Subaru Legacy is almost a carbon copy of the Subaru Legacy Concept that debuted back in January at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, which may or may not be a positive thing. During the months preceding the event, rumors were running wild that the as-yet-unidentified concept vehicle Subaru would be towing to the 2009 NAIAS would be the long-awaited Toyota/Subaru Celic/STi mashup. Obviously, it was not. Instead, Subaru’s mystery concept was a prototype version of the next-gen Legacy which, as we learned today, was a fairly accurate representation of the production variant. As expected, some of the more “futuristic features” like the digital touch-screen interior door handles got the axe before heading to the assembly line, but the structural aesthetics remained largely unchanged. For 2010, the new Legacy has packed on about 50 pounds and 20 total inches to its frame, but thanks to the sleek yet sturdy design, it carries it well.
Available with three different trim options, 2.5i, 2.5GT, or 3.6R, the 2010 Legacy’s engine options include Subie’s good ol’ Boxers, mated to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic/CVT tranny. Slightly lacking in the horsepower department yet still more than capable of performing whatever masculine activities are asked of it, the base Legacy 2.5i comes equipped with either a 6-speed manual or Lineartronic™ CVT transmission and 2.5L SOHC flat-four, producing 170-hp at 5,600rpm and 170 lb-ft. at 4,000rpm. Next in line, the 2.5GT is only available with a 6-speed manual and boasts and a 2.5L DOHC turbo-charged Boxer 4, yielding 265-hp at 5,600rpm and 258 lb-ft. at 2,000- 5,200rpm. Lastly, the crown jewel of the Legacy family, the 3.6R, is outfitted with a 5-speed automatic gearbox and significantly revised, premium-grade 3.6L DOHC which puts out 256 hp at 6,000rpm and 247 lb-ft. at 4,400rpm.
Inside, the 2010 Subaru Legacy passes on the flannel (yeah, we went there) in favor of durable, high-quality fabric, and does it’s best to mimic the high-tech gadgetry found in the Legacy Concept. Although the rear-seat LCD screens are gone, the new Legacy does posses a few other impressive features, including a new electronic parking brake eliminates, a center dash-mounted driver-info display, and a redesigned, permanently-illuminated gauge cluster.
Scheduled to officially debut in a few a weeks at the 2009 New York Auto Show, the 2010 Subaru Legacy is expected to arrive on dealer lots sometime in late summer/early fall.