Update 2/6/2019: We spotted the first image of the 2020 Legacy’s exterior and have updated the article and gallery below.
Subaru has dropped another teaser image of the all-new Legacy, which will make its first public appearance at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show that opens on February 9, 2019.
This time, we’re getting a partially shadowy-view at the redesigned mid-size sedan’s exterior, which from this 3/4 front angle, seems more like a refresh than an overhaul of the current car. A closer look shows some new styling touches such as the more pronounced front and rear fenders and the smaller grille.
The first teaser offered us a glimpse into the cockpit, revealing a big new portrait-style screen for the infotainment system. It will likely run an updated version of the brand’s software with access to MySubaru, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation and other functions.
The controls for the air conditioning have been positioned under the touchscreen display, thus giving the impression of a larger unit. The mid air vents have a vertical design, whereas the rest of the dashboard has been wrapped in leather, although this is very likely the range-topping model.
Further down, the central console incorporates the USB and AUX ports. The gearshift lever is entirely new, and right next to it is a button that says ‘View’. We’re not sure what this is yet, but it could be for the EyeSight active safety feature, or it might be used to access the front and/or rear cameras.
The seventh-gen Legacy is based on the brand’s global modular architecture shared with the Ascent, Forester and Impreza, which promises to improve handling and comfort, while also offering support for a possible future electrified version.
Potential engine candidates for powering the new Legacy are the Forester’s 2.5-liter for the base model, while the current car’s naturally-aspirated flat-six could be replaced by the Ascent’s 2.4-liter turbocharged four, mated to a CVT and standard all-wheel drive.
Subsequent to its introduction next week, the mid-size model will go on sale towards the end of spring or in summer to compete against the Mazda6, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and others.
2020 Subaru Legacy (Top) vs 2019 Legacy (Bottom)