Last week, Subaru published a list of the models it would be towing with them to the Detroit auto show in January, and one entrant on the list, mysteriously named simply the “Subaru Concept”, sparked a juicy rumor that Subaru might be unveiling the highly anticipated 2011 Subieyota Celica Concept. Despite the fact that we were fairly certain that although the new Celica will be a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota, it will be wearing the Toyota badge, we shamelessly participated in the rumor mill. This week, Subaru has officially thrown back the blinds on their new Concept vehicle and, as we suspected, it is not a Celica. Subaru’s concept vehicle is a Legacy, though we’ll admit we can’t for the life of us see how it fits the traditional “concept car” bill.
Aside from the fact that it doesn’t appear to have any side view mirrors to speak of, the Subaru Legacy Concept doesn’t appear to be too drastic a departure from the design aesthetic of the current generation of Legacy’s. In Subaru’s defense, however, the press release does indicate that the “innovation” which makes the Legacy a true concept vehicle is found mostly in the interior – of which we unfortunately do not have any pictures.
Cherry Hill, N.J., December 17, 2008 – Subaru of America, Inc., today announced that the Subaru LEGACY CONCEPT will debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit January 11th. The NAIAS is open to the public January 17 through 25, 2009.
Celebrating 20 years of the Legacy sedan, the LEGACY CONCEPT showcases the direction of future Legacy sedan design. The exterior highlights the sportiness and dynamism befitting a car powered by a 3.6-liter Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine. A distinctive front fascia and flared wheel arches establish a powerful road presence and hint at the exceptional handling promised by the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and low center of gravity. The interior embodies modern, high-tech architecture while delivering a comfortable environment for occupants.
The Subaru Legacy series was first introduced in 1989 and next year it will celebrate its 20th anniversary of the start of production. Manufactured in Gunma, Japan and Lafayette, Indiana USA, global production has exceeded 3.6 million units.* The United States accounts for 43-percent of the production volume. The model has been highly acclaimed as a core product of Subaru in the world due to its excellent driving performance, strong safety record and dependability provided by Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical AWD system with Horizontally-Opposed engines.