Quietly making its way into Malaysia is the all-new Subaru Levorg, which is currently being previewed at Mid Valley Megamall. We last saw the Impreza-based wagon at the 2015 Thailand Motor Expo, where it made its Thai debut alongside the facelifted Subaru XV.
For Malaysia, only a 1.6 GT-S variant will be offered, unlike the Thai market, which includes a base 1.6 GT. According to local importers Motor Image, the LEgacy, reVOlution, touRinG will be priced at RM199,720 on-the-road without insurance. The Levorg, which is fully imported from Japan (CBU), comes with a five-year or 100,000 km warranty.
Powering the Levorg is the brand’s 1.6 litre DIT (Direct Injection Turbo) turbocharged flat-four petrol engine, which develops 170 PS from 4,800 to 5,600 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 4,800 rpm. A six-speed Lineartronic CVT transmission and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system sends drive to all four corners.
In terms of equipment, the Levorg 1.6 GT-S comes with auto levelling LED headlamps, C-shaped positioning lights, halogen fog lamps, power sunroof, power-folding side mirrors with LED turn signals, dual exhaust tips and 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels wrapped with 225/45R18 tyres.
Moving inside, the Levorg is virtually identical to the car we saw in Thailand, with black leather upholstery on the seats, steering wheel and gear knob. The dashboard also plays host to a dual-colour screen setup, where one serves as a multi-info display, while the other provides an overview of the car’s all-wheel drive system.
Just below it, you’ll find a pair of air-condition vents with the controls for the multi-info display between them, followed by a seven-inch touchscreen multimedia unit and switchgear for the dual-zone automatic climate control system.
Other features you’ll find inside include an electronic parking brake, paddle shifters, alloy pedals, steering wheel controls (multimedia and cruise control), seat heaters and keyless operation (entry, engine start).
For safety, the Levorg comes with seven airbags (dual-front and side, curtain and a driver’s knee), Vehicle Dynamics Control, High Beam Assist (HBA) and Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection (SRVD), ABS with Brake Assist, a reverse camera, tyre pressure monitoring system and a ring-shaped reinforcement frame.