By on October 24, 2019

The unappetizingly named Subaru Levorg (a portmanteau of Legacy Revolution Touring) has always been a model we wanted to grace our shores. With used WRX wagons getting harder to find than the Lost City of Atlantis, we could certainly use it in North America. Yet we’ll have to continue going without, as Japan still doesn’t seem interested in exporting the model here.

While unfortunate, Levorg can still serve a purpose. Subaru debuted the prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show this week, proving the automaker wasn’t joking about the styling it previewed via its latest concepts — especially the Viziv Tourer Wagon. Levorg is also giving us a taste of the next-generation WRX, as the two are closely related. 

The second-gen Levorg moves to the brand’s new global architecture, and it’s just a matter of time until the WRX does the same. We can also safely assume the prototype’s heavily creased bodywork will be shared to a large extent. The hexagonal grille is a given (brand identity) and we’d expect nearly identical headlamps, front fascia, and hood scoop, as well. Bulging body panels should also be be retained, with the possibility of the WRX looking even more puffed up.

Unfortunately, the Levorg’s current status as a prototype means we won’t get much help when it comes to guessing hardware. The manufacturer stipulated that the prototype is equipped with a new direct-injection 1.8-liter turbo. It’s a horizontally opposed flat-four, in true Subaru tradition, and should stick around for the production model. Previous examples came equipped with a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission — which appears to be the case for the new model, too.

While Subaru indicated the powertrain would offer genuine performance and plenty of torque, it also emphasized new fuel saving technologies that help balance fun with economy. The rest of the company’s efforts were spent promoting Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assistance technologies. Those include camera-based automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping with assist, and even pre-collision throttle management. While not new, it’s something the company promotes heavily and wants to see as standard in more models. It also mentioned new “connected services” we’ll likely criticize at a later date, once we find out more.

The Levorg will drop on the Japanese market in the second half of 2020, with a production model debuting between now and then. Subaru hasn’t issued a definitive timeline for the next WRX but most expect the car to be fresh going into 2021.

[Images: Subaru]

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16 Comments on “Subaru Levorg Prototype Offers Glimpse of Future WRX...”


  • avatar
    R Henry

    I am seeing a very strong Toyota design influence here. To my eye, it seems Toy/Sub didn’t stop their cooperation with F86/BRZ models!

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Could’ve been worse: Subaru The Borg.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Huge news – it’s a Subaru.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Interesting when read backwards…

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    1.8 Turbo… Output?

  • avatar
    monkeydelmagico

    I dig it. Le v OR g

    A hatchy WRX is missing and will be appreciated again.

  • avatar
    Roadranger

    Standard Subaru dog’s breakfast styling.

  • avatar
    conundrum

    What a weird company Subaru has become. 70% of its sales are in the US out of the million they crank out each year. Add in Canada and Australia plus their home market for the majority of the rest.
    I can’t drive a manual anymore in the city with a dicky knee, and the CVT in the WRX is a complete joke at low speeds, the buzzing rear window having a go at every rise and fall in revs – they all do that, I was told. Yes, for three model years! Not rattling for me they don’t, I simply won’t buy one. Same with the VW DSG and its crappy auto clutch engagement from rest. These things are underbaked.

    Mazda gets crapped on around these parts, but the fact that they seem to work as advertised gets overlooked. So after testing every damn car I could get my hands on, I bought one, a Canadian market cheapo Mazda6 turbo. Equivalent of about US$27K. After two months I find it quite good and it doesn’t annoy me. It seems to be completely fault-free as delivered, very well-made in Japan. Not one damn squeak or rattle even after a good run down dirt roads. However, I’d dump it tomorrow if Subaru once again made a model I had for a dozen years, the old B4 GT from 2005 to ’09. I couldn’t find a single damn new car that really satisfied me, and not a single German one either at up to $60K. The Genesis G70 sucked big time, despite internet warriorism.

    Only a transmission failure after a dozen years of hooning made me buy a new car, but I already knew what wouldn’t actually annoy me, and got that. Subaru can lose their CVTs up their wazoos, so far as I’m concerned. The Mazda transmission operates perfectly, the paddles are immediate, and so on. The engine works incredibly well in practise. But, the ride is hard, it seems to artificially not lean, and it’s too large to be agile, while torque steer keeps me awake behind the wheel on two-laners. Which may give some idea of the kinds of uselessness I found in the other over two dozen cars I tried. Bozos keep unctuously pronouncing vehicles have never been better – rubbish. They’re not as good in my opinion as ones from 10 to 15 years ago, just one out of the billions of opinions nobody else cares about.

  • avatar

    The future looks the same as the past.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Boring and slow, thankfully it has a Subaru badge, this would be DOA if it were a Mazda or Toyota.

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