2018 Subaru Legacy facelift shown – now more refined

2018 Subaru Legacy facelift shown – now more refined

Bang on time, the Subaru Legacy has been given a facelift in time for the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, almost exactly three years after it was unveiled at the same show. The staid D-segment sedan has been sharpened up inside and out, making it more refined to look at, sit in and drive.

The sportier front fascia is dominated by a wider grille, now with the new Subaru wing element and redesigned slats. It is flanked by redesigned headlights with “Konoji” angular C-shaped LED daytime running lights, while the air intakes are lower and wider, and feature chrome fog light surrounds. Speaking of which, LED fog lights are available as an option.

At the rear, a wide diffuser-like element gives the car a more planted stance despite the 1,839 mm width remaining the same as before. There are also new high-contrast wheel designs and two new colours – Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl.

2018 Subaru Legacy facelift shown – now more refined

Inside, there are more premium materials, as well as a redesigned centre console and a sportier steering wheel. The dashboard, seats and door panels feature stitching on the Premium trim and up, along with gloss black trim and silver control bezels. A grey interior colour scheme joins the existing black and ivory options.

Other changes include the air conditioner, which cools the interior more quickly and provides a more uniform temperature throughout the cabin; the temperature setting has also been moved to inside the control dial to make it more intuitive to operate. In addition, interior power has been made to stay on for a short time after the ignition has been switched off, and the clock is also now larger and more legible.

New for the 2018 model year is the latest Starlink infotainment systems with over-the-air updates and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The base 6.5-inch unit is larger and quicker, while the 8.0-inch system has a faster CPU for increased startup speed and TomTom navigation. Voice control is improved through the use of twin microphones, and drivers can more easily use Apple Siri or OK Google commands.

2018 Subaru Legacy facelift shown – now more refined

Safety-wise, the Legacy now gets Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) with visual and audible warnings, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), a standard-fit reverse camera with steering guidelines and optional adaptive headlights. Hill start assist is now standard as well, while the EyeSight system, including adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist is optional on most models.

Also added are standard welcome lighting, auto door locks, improved ISOFIX child seat latches and a Starlink Safety Plus suite of emergency and alert services, free for the first year and US$99 (RM440) a year thereafter. Starlink Safety Plus & Security Plus with additional security functions is available as an option.

Engine choices remain the same as before – a 2.5 litre flat-four producing 175 hp at 5,800 rpm and 235 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, or a 3.6 litre flat-six developing 256 hp at 6,000 rpm and 334 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. A Lineartronic CVT with shift paddles and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive remain standard.

However, there are new features to improve refinement, including a quieter ultra-short-pitch chain for the CVT on 2.5 litre models as well as adjustments to engine timing under acceleration. There are also reshaped exterior mirrors, sound-insulating inner film on the front side windows and thicker rear wheel well aprons.

Meanwhile, the dampers have been retuned to reduce initial bump shock and body roll in the corners, the electric power steering made smoother and more linear and the brake pedal feel firmer and more direct.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Bernard on Feb 03, 2017 at 11:45 am

    is it a Camry?

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    • Borneo Darul Seram on Feb 03, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Yes it’s Camry with boxer engine and rebadge to Subaru

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  • the interior looks like a 2008 Camry. Sabaru has always been outdated in interior design.

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  • nabill (Member) on Feb 03, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Rear looks sting from nissan sylphy.. I dont kno, the whole car looks like a generation behind design wise, like those in mid 2000s….
    Doesnt look fresh… Remove da badge n it might look like any Japanese sedan..

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  • AWD

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  • Honda Fan on Feb 03, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Don’t know why Subaru seems to be lacking in their design. Peoples are appreciating the cars once they sit behind the steering wheel. If the design is nice, the Subaru cars will sell like hot cakes.

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  • passion on Feb 03, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    they need to seriously FIRE the designer. just the same run of the mill design!!!

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    • Sack the designer!
      Oh wait! jepunis overlord, so cannot persoal…

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  • Mikey on Feb 03, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Judging by the way Subaru uses a 2.5 flat-4 producing only 175 hp/235 Nm, or a 3.6 flat-6 developing only 256 hp/334 Nm through a Lineartronic CVT as transmission without a Turbo or manual box, Subaru is launching this legacy as a comfortable, refined up-market sedan.

    With all the latest tech & goodies, it will provide an added choices for people who want something different form the mainstream Accord, Camry, K5, Sonata & Mazda6.

    The main difference here is this is Not a Scooby(Wrx) for boy racer but a grown up sedan for gentlemen who have outgrown their itchy right leg who floor the pedal 2 the metal once too often.

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  • mukato on Feb 03, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    seriously japan now lacked of good designer esp in car designing…90% japan car looked terrible…except Mazda which now go to premium finishing like continental car.

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  • applegreen on Feb 03, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    175 hp at 5,800 rpm and 235 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, that means this car is quicker than mazda 2.5.

    With its boxer engine and safety technology, no wonder legacy is among the top 3 best seller in d-segment non luxury cars in US

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Feb 03, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    how did the legacy end up like this….comparing this to the b4 rsk

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    • You should bash not asking question. But bcoz this is overlord jepunis you are coward to do so

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  • Side looking on Feb 03, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Perdana with small tyre

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