Earlier this year Subaru revealed the WRX Concept, setting off rumours about a next generation Impreza sports saloon. But it looks like we were wrong, judging by the latest Legacy Concept making its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Subaru say the new Legacy Concept “..celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Subaru Legacy and provides a look at the styling cues for future Legacy models.”
It features the same muscular front-end as the WRX Concept with its hawk-eye headlamp design, without the bonnet scoop and deep horizontal air ducts, while the rear-end features the same sunken tail lights but with a more conventional boot design compared to the shelf-like style shown by the WRX Concept.
Subaru’s turbocharged boxer engine sends its power through a standard symmetrical all-wheel drive drivetrain, ensuring the optimum distribution of torque in all driving conditions.
The new Legacy Concept is finished in a custom Ocean Silver Metallic paint scheme, with flared wheel arches covering its 21-inch alloy wheels. A pronounced character line flows into the short rear deck, ending in the rear tail lamps which echo the hawk-eye headlamp design at the front.
The Legacy Concept’s interior is one of the most high-tech ever seen in a Subaru, with a smartphone-style centre console and instrument panel that extends from the front to the rear of the cabin. It features an advanced driver assist system called ‘EyeSight’, which monitors the road ahead and recognises potentially dangerous driving situations.
The Concept features brown leather upholstery and blue accents throughout, while there’s ample seating for up to four passengers in its spacious interior.
Clearly it’s now ‘close’ to a production-ready model, but there’s no word yet on the timing of its release or whether the next-generation Legacy will be coming to the UK. We hope it will.