By on February 1, 2014

2015 Subaru Legacy Tease

After its worldwide debut as a concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show last November, the Subaru Legacy is ready to show-off its production-ready ensemble at next week’s 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

Though the teaser doesn’t offer much — as teasers are wont to do — it does offer glimpses of the sedan’s thin A-pillar, raked windscreen, and the matching LED lights up front and down back, all part of Subaru’s new design language. Judging by the lightly flared fenders, however, no 21-inch wheels — like those on the concept in LA — will be offered when the Legacy arrives in showrooms this year.

The production Legacy will debut February 6 at the Chicago Auto Show.

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31 Comments on “Production-Ready Subaru Legacy To Make 2014 Chicago Auto Show Debut...”


  • avatar
    Synchromesh

    If this launches next year it means that the WRX is a full generation behind now.

  • avatar
    Detroit-X

    No 21″ wheels? Gee. What about the new car buyer that values extreme looks over all else*?

    (* handling, ride quality, fuel economy, noise, snow traction, turning circle, curb weight, and tire replacement costs)

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    Yay! Another squashmobile. Perfect for the no-necks, they don’t need much of a greenhouse.

  • avatar

    Another Mercedes CLS wannabe that looks like a Hyundai Sonata – aside from the ridiculous rear tail lights.

  • avatar
    kkop

    Why does this sedan (and many others) even have four doors? For all practical purposes, they’re two-seaters. The only thing having four doors does is making sure the B-pillar is situated exactly where your elbow wants to go :-p

    That, and the trend to ever wider center consoles, makes modern cars pretty claustrophobic.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    These de rigueur chiaroscuo teaser shots for a new model intro are hilarious considering all car silhouettes look the same anymore.

  • avatar
    dwford

    I have a high interest in purchasing Subaru’s concept cars, but no interest in purchasing their productions cars. Lost in translation..

  • avatar
    Joss

    Subaru – the Sentra of all wheel drive, nothing much to look at or hold in the mind.

  • avatar
    Xeranar

    I loved the outgoing Legacy and had intended on replacing my xB with one in another few years. The tall greenhouse and relatively nice shape with decent gas mileage and all wheel drive was a win-win-win for me. Now with the severely raked greenhouse I’ll be back to laying down to drive a 4-door. This is ironically why I feel more and more I’m going to end up with a 2-door car because unless I remarry I doubt I’ll have a need for those extra two doors anytime soon. Atleast then I’ll have headroom.

    • 0 avatar
      TEXN3

      You can have all those advantages with an Accord, save the unnecessary AWD. Our Accord is just as stellar as our former Outback on bad roads. Only thing I miss is the ground clearance.

      • 0 avatar
        Xeranar

        I have a close friend with an 09 accord. It’s not bad but not the car for me. I agree the roofline isn’t bad but I just don’t dig it for purely esoteric reasons. I’m leaning now towards the Camry and seeking out a TRD turbo for it or a passat. Both are fairly nice and that’s if I go sedan. The pull of the redesigned beetle has my attention as does the FR-S but those two far less practical but far more fun.

    • 0 avatar
      Dave M.

      I don’t believe there’s a loss of headroom. They pulled the base of the windshield forward 4+ inches. Overall interior volume is up slightly.

      • 0 avatar
        Xeranar

        Oh well if that’s the case good because I can’t even get into the sonata due to the slope of the roof. I’m just annoyed with the constany lowering of the roof line in the name of fashion.

  • avatar

    It looks the same as the old one from the side. But the back looks to be swooping down into “Buick Regal”.

  • avatar
    BrianL

    The first picture is done so much with cars these day, it is ridiculous.

  • avatar
    krayzie

    They just blacked out those tiny wheels so they won’t disappoint until launch. I bet it will look just like a stretched modern Impreza.

  • avatar
    PenguinBoy

    I wonder if they will bring back the (non Outback) Legacy Wagon?

    As a previous Legacy Wagon owner, I would be interested if they offered a reasonably well equipped wagon with a 6MT, a flat load floor, and decent visibility. I don’t care if it’s offered in brown, or has a diesel. CVT only would be a deal breaker for me.

    I like Subaru’s AWD and decent visibility, and the fact that they offer reasonably well equipped trims with a Manual Transmission. I replaced the Legacy with a Forester, but if I had my choice I would probably have picked another Legacy instead.

    AWD is a fairly big deal for me, both for maintaining control on ice and avoiding getting stuck in deep snow. I know some here feel AWD is unnecessary with good Winter tires, but I don’t agree – we currently have three cars we are driving in Winter, all have good Winter tires, ABS, Traction Control, and Manual Transmissions. All are in good mechanical order, two are FWD and one is the AWD Subaru. You can (barely) get by with FWD and good Winter tires, but AWD makes Winter driving a lot easier and safer.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      I wonder if they will bring back the (non Outback) Legacy Wagon?

      As much as I personally would love to see that happen, allow me to quote various characters on a very popular “reality” show: “Nah. She gone.”

    • 0 avatar
      Dave M.

      It also makes wet weather driving much more stable. I understand tires make a huge difference. But AWD rocks.

      • 0 avatar
        TEXN3

        I used to feel the same way until I purchased a set of Michelin X-Ice3 tires. The only thinking I miss is ground clearance. Living in the Idaho mountains, I completely disagree you can’t get by, or that it is less safe, with 2wd and good tires especially when you need to steer and stop.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    People…must we keep kvetching about how short today’s greenhouses are? It’s a trend that isn’t going away. Let’s stop beating this dead horse.

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      Until you can shrink us all down to 5’2″ and/or obviate the need for sightlines, no.

      We still have to fit into and see out of the effin’ things and I for one am sick of having no vision to the right unless I remove the RVM. Which I’ve done.

  • avatar
    fozone

    i’ve owned every generation of legacy, so i’m interested in how this one turns out. Subaru usually beats this model with the ugly stick (save the gen-3), but the cars prove themselves to be so functional that their core audience doesn’t care. The raked roofline gives me some cause for concern; perhaps they are going to try to push sedan-intenders into the wagon?

    The thing that makes me want to do a happy dance is the A-pillar.

    It is *tiny* compared to most new cars, and gives me some degree of hope that Subaru’s engineers haven’t forgotten that great visibility of one of the big reasons people buy their cars.

    Subaru is known for using more expensive, stronger (exotic?) metals in their B-pillars in order to improve safety, i wonder if they’ve done the same this time around to the A-pillar in order to keep it thin (?)

    • 0 avatar
      Dave M.

      Part of the reason they moved the mirrors to the doors and added the little triangular window was for clearer front sightlines. The other reason was for aerodynamics and wind noise

    • 0 avatar
      TEXN3

      I definitely agree and appreciate how they obsess over visibility and structural strength in the name of safety. There are 10 year old videos showing the pillars exceeding the capabilities of Jaws of Life cutters.

      Now, if only they could apply such great materials to their engines, rear ends, and wheel bearings.

  • avatar
    carve

    When will this be available for sale, and will the new Outback come out at the same time?


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