Subaru Levorg TMS-8

One of the earliest unveilings today at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show was this, the Subaru Levorg. Officially billed as a prototype, it’s a production car in all but name. To be launched in Japan in the first quarter of next year, local pre-orders start in January 2014.

The name ‘Levorg’ comes from a combination of the words ‘Legacy’, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Touring’, though there’s no official mention of the Levorg being the wagon version of the sixth-gen Legacy, and it’s slightly smaller in size compared to the current fifth-gen Legacy Touring Wagon. At 4,690 mm long, the Levorg is 85 mm shorter, and the 2,650 mm wheelbase is a full 100 mm less. Subaru says that the Levorg’s size is just right for Japanese roads, and that it’s roomy enough. It appears the size is more like a new Impreza wagon than a Legacy wagon.

Subaru Levorg TMS-10

The ‘Sports Tourer’ looks sportier than the Legacy wagon too, with a deliberately sloped roofline and a new face featuring the brand’s latest signatures – a hexagon grille and ‘hawk eye’ headlamps. The upcoming Subaru WRX will also wear the same mask. The two colours on show – metallic blue grey steel and pearl crystal white – have never been used by Subaru production cars before.

Under the Levorg’s scooped hood is a new downsized 1.6 litre Boxer DIT engine. The direct injection turbo unit has a strong 170 PS and 250 Nm of torque. With a JC08 fuel consumption figure of 17.4 km/l, the Levorg 1.6 GT can cruise at 100 km/h for 1,000 km on one tank of fuel, it is claimed.

The flagship Levorg 2.0 GT is powered by a 2.0 litre Boxer DIT engine with up to 300 PS and 400 Nm from 2,000 rpm. This performance motor runs on premium gasoline and uses a new Sport Lineartronic CVT gearbox with eight virtual ratios. The 1.6 is paired to the standard Lineartronic ‘box.

Subaru Levorg TMS-16

Another difference between 1.6 and 2.0 models is in SI-Drive, which has two modes for the 1.6 and three for the 2.0, the extra being Sport# or S#. Subaru’s symmetrical AWD is standard across the board, of course.

The Levorg comes with the latest version of Subaru’s EyeSight tech, which employs new stereo cameras with a wider angle, better visibility and colour recognition. New features such as Active Lane Keep, Pre-Collision Reverse Throttle Management and Brake Light Recognition join improved Pre-Collision Braking Control and Adaptive Cruise Control.