Alongside the refreshed Subaru XV, Motor Image also brought on stage the Subaru Levorg at the 2015 Thailand Motor Expo. The model makes its regional ASEAN debut today, and is rumoured to make landfall in Malaysia in mid-2016.
As a recap, the Subaru Levorg gets its name from three words, which are LEgacy, reVOlution, touRinG. The Impreza wagon is offered in two variants for the Thai market – 1.6 GT and 1.6 GT-S, with prices starting at the 2.35 million baht mark.
Under the hood of both variants, you’ll find the brand’s 1.6 litre DIT (Direct Injection Turbo) turbocharged flat-four petrol engine that develops 170 PS from 4,800 to 5,600 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 4,800 rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed Lineartronic CVT transmission and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
Due to time constraints, we only had brief moment with the Subaru Levorg in its 1.6 GT spec. On the dimensions front, Levorg measures 4,690 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,490 mm tall. The wagon also adopts C-shaped headlights and taillights as well, following the current crop of Subaru models. Standard kit include 18-inch alloy wheels, side mirrors with signal indicators and halogen projectors.
Inside, the cabin retains the familiar Subaru look, with a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia unit dominating the dashboard. The unit sits below a pair of air-con vents and two screens, with one being a multi-info display and the other, a 4WD monitor.
Other features include fabric seats, leather steering wheel with controls, keyless operation (entry, engine start), electronic parking brake and ventilated seats. With the 60:40 split folding rear seats adjusted for maximum storage capacity, 522 litres of boot space is available.
Even though the Subaru Levorg is expected to arrive in Malaysia in Q2 of 2016, the wagon’s arrival is heavily subjected to Motor Image’s plans that include the introduction of the XV crossover in January and the locally-assembled (CKD) Forester after. Besides that, prices of the fully-imported (CBU) Levorg in Malaysia is subject to the ringgit-yen exchange rate.