Subaru Legacy fifth generation
|Manufacturer||Fuji Heavy Industries|
|Also called||Legacy B4 (sedan) Legacy Touring Wagon|
|Assembly||Ōta, Gunma, Japan Lafayette, Indiana, United States|
|Predecessor||Legacy 4th generation|
|Body style||4-door sedan 5-door wagon|
|Layout||front engine, variable assist 4 wheel drive|
2.0 L DOHC AVCS 148 hp (110 kW) H4 EJ 2.0 L turbo DOHC AVCS 296 hp (221 kW) H4 FA20 2.0 L DOHC turbodiesel 148 hp (110 kW) H4 EE20 2.5 L SOHC i-AVLS 170 hp (130 kW) H4 EJ25 2.5 L DOHC DAVCS 170 hp (130 kW) H4 FB25 2.5 L turbo DOHC DAVCS 265 hp (198 kW) H4 EJ253.6 L DOHC DAVCS 256 hp (191 kW) H6 EZ36
|Transmission||Lineartronic CVT 5-speed automatic 6-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2,751 mm (108.3 in)|
|Length||2010-12 Sedan: 4,735 mm (186.4 in) Wagon: 4,775 mm (188.0 in) 2013- Sedan: 4,755 mm (187.2 in)|
|Width||1,821 mm (71.7 in) Wagon: 1,780 mm (70.1 in)|
|Height||1,506 mm (59.3 in) Wagon: 1,535 mm (60.4 in)|
|Curb weight||1,613 kg (3,557 lb) (3.6R Limited)|
|Related||Subaru Tribeca Subaru Exiga|
The fifth-generation Subaru Legacy was originally unveiled as a concept car at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the model, and the production version was introduced at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. Production of the fifth generation started on 29 May 2009
A number of design traditions have ended with the fifth generation. The side windows are no longer frameless, ending a Subaru tradition started with the first generation Leone in the early 1970s. On wagons, the "D" pillar is no longer covered in glass. The parking light switch traditionally installed on top of the steering wheel column has also been removed, with Subaru using conventional headlight electrics, meaning if the headlights are left on when the engine is turned off, the headlights remain on unless the automatic headlight feature switch position is being used. An engine coolant temperature gauge is no longer offered, replaced by a fuel economy gauge instead that gives estimates in either miles per gallon or kilometers per liter based on regional requirements where the vehicle is sold. When the engine temperature is below normal, an indicator light shines blue and when the engine is overheating, the light turns red. Using the key to unlock the drivers door after locking the vehicle with the remote will set off the security system; the vehicle must be unlocked with the remote, a tradition going back to the second generation when remote keyless access was introduced.
The manual parking brake handle located between the front passenger seats has been replaced with an electric parking brake switch installed on the dashboard next to the driver's door. The term "Hill Holder" has returned but is now integrated with the electric parking brake. VDC is now standard on all models currently offered internationally. The vehicle has also added safety technologies such as Electronic Stability Control, Brake Assist, and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution to the list of standard features. The external "Limited" badge, introduced in 1998, has been retired on North American vehicles, and if the vehicle has the 3.6 L six cylinder engine, the rear of the vehicle has a "3.6R" badge applied on the bottom right side. If the vehicle has the diesel engine, a badge that says "Boxer Diesel" is installed on the middle right rear side of the vehicle. Gasoline turbocharged vehicles can be visually identified with a front hood (bonnet) installed air scoop and symmetrical dual exhaust pipes below the rear bumper.
Subaru introduced improvements to the chassis, that they call Dynamic Chassis Control Concept, which uses high-tensile steel in critical areas to achieve high strength with lighter weight. The front-end structure introduces Cradle Mount that isolates the suspension and engine from the passenger compartment for a smoother and quieter ride using rubber mounts. New for this generation is a double wishbone rear suspension, with all suspension links and the rear differential isolated from the rear subframe with large rubber mounts to minimize noise and vibration intruding into the passenger compartment.
SI-Drive, or Subaru Intelligent-Drive (Japanese: SI-Drive) is standard equipment on all trim versions. It is a feature that enables three distinctly different modes of vehicle performance characteristics (identified as "Sport", "Sport Sharp", and "Intelligent") by regulating the engine control unit (ECU), the automatic transmission control unit (TCU, if equipped), and by fine-tuning the electronically controlled throttle. The SI-Drive control knob is installed on the center console between the heated front seat control switches. The "Intelligent" mode makes throttle response more gradual, and decreases maximum engine power by 10 percent. The "Sport" mode allows the engine to run at higher speeds and increases fuel efficiency by 5 percent in comparison to Subaru engines without the feature. The "Sport # (Sharp)" mode makes throttle response more abrupt and enables the automatic transmission to maintain higher RPM's within a given gear's range, and minimizes steering wheel effort. When the engine is started, the default setting is the "Sport" selection. SI-Cruise is an autonomous cruise control system that can reduce or resume a preset speed, or bring the vehicle to a complete stop if the system detects a slower vehicle is being followed, without driver intervention.
Japanese buyers can choose two different premium level entertainment systems; they can select the previously described Harman/Kardon GPS-stereo with six speakers, or a McIntosh sourced GPS/stereo with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, a separate powered amplifier and 10 speakers. Both units are Gracenote, G-BOOK and VICS enabeled, with both systems available with an internal 600 MHz 40GB HDD coupled with a digital TV tuner that can be watched when the transmission is in park and the parking brake applied. Both stereos are compatible with CD, CD-R/RW, DVD and DVD R/RW as well as MP3 and WMA music formats. A Harmon/Kardon sourced stereo with a 6-disc in-dash CD changer and SRS Circle Surround sound is the entry level sound system offered with six speakers and is standard equipment. The center dashboard trim is color matched based on the stereo installed; if it has the Harmon/Kardon units, the trim color is silver brushed aluminum, and if the McIntosh is installed the trim color is black brushed aluminum. The climate controls are also colored either silver or black as well.
Both GPS navigation systems can be displayed in a split screen format that shows both two- and three dimensions with graphic landmarks. Trim panels on the doors and the dashboard can be exchanged for an optional second woodgrain appearance or carbon fiber. The front and rear bumper covers can also be exchanged for Subaru designed aero-effects, allowing the buyer to install two types of mesh grilles, a choice of two front fog light selections, and a choice of oval or trapezoidal dual rear exhaust ports in chrome. A rear wiper is still available optionally on the back of the sedan, a tradition established with the first generation Legacy. The Warm Ivory interior color is only available on vehicles with the "L" package and SI-Cruise models; all other trim levels are available with black interior with black cloth upholstery, with leather offered optionally on the "L" package and SI-Cruise model. The dual-zone climate control system is standard on all trim levels.
A smart key is available as an option coupled with two position memory seat that memorizes driver's seat positions and adjustments, exterior mirror adjustments, and climate control settings. The settings can be customized based on the smart key module being used to unlock and start the car. Turn signal repeaters are still integrated into the side exterior mirrors on all Japanese-spec models. The black leather interior installed on vehicles with the "S" package can be fitted with optional black corduroy inserts with white contrasting French stitching on all visible seams and aluminum cross drilled brake, clutch and accelerator pedals. The Legacy wagon can be fitted with twin white LED lights installed on the interior hatch vertically surrounding the rear window with a separate light switch for additional illumination when the rear hatch is open. An optional LED accessory lighting package in either white or blue can be installed for the front and rear passenger footwells and a matching illuminated sill panel for the front and rear doors, and the standard overhead dome light can be exchanged for white LED as well.
Legacy 2.5GT tS
In June 2010, the Legacy 2.5GT tS or tuned by STI (Subaru Tecnica International) was released for the Japanese Domestic Market. Built only as 600 units limited edition, the 2.5GT tS is available as B4 Sedan and Touring Wagon.
The modifications were focused on sharper handling and ride improvements. STI flexible tower bar, Bilstein inverted struts with stiffer springs, front flexible low stiffeners, and rear pillow-ball, and reinforced front crossmember made the 2.5GT tS has more rigidity and better steering feedback.
With front lip spoiler, 18 inch alloys, sport exhaust system, "tS" grille emblem, lip trunk spoiler (B4 Sedan), or roof spoiler (Touring Wagon), the Legacy 2.5GT tS has sportier appearance than the regular 2.5GT.
Inside, the 2.5GT tS has black leather and alcantara sports seats with red seams and STI label, titanium-finished instrument panels, and STI logo on the speedometer, steering wheel, shift lever, engine start/stop button, and floor mats.
Legacy 2.0GT DIT
Starting May 8, 2012, Subaru has replaced the EJ series of engines with the new FA and FB series of engines, codeveloped with Toyota, and uses the FB25 on all trim packages, with the FA20 installed with a turbocharger called the Legacy GT DIT (direct injection turbo).
United Kingdom models
Currently only the wagon, called Legacy Tourer, is available to United Kingdom buyers with a choice of the Subaru EE turbodiesel with a six-speed manual transmission only or the 2.5 L with the continuously variable transmission only. The 3.6 L flat-6 engine and the turbocharged gasoline engine are not offered. The interior is available in black only, with cloth interior available on the 2.0D S base model and leather on all other trim levels. The interior trim strips on the doors and dashboard are silver on the base model and carbon fiber on all other models. The front bumper and bonnet use the Japanese configuration, to include self-levelling HID headlights and headlight washers. The SE model has sporty front bumper. The UK and Europe are offered an exterior paint selection, called Camellia Red Pearl that is not available in Japan or North America. Bilstein struts are standard on all trim levels except the 2.0D S. The dual-zone climate-control system is standard on all trim levels. All engines offered in the Legacy are Euro5 compliant. For vehicle security, a Thatcham Category 1 perimeter alarm and immobilizer, along with a rolling code ECU engine immobiliser are standard equipment.
The smart key is available on NavPlus models only using the Harman/Kardon GPS-stereo unit, and the two-position memory seat is available on all models except the 2.0D S trim level. 16-inch alloy wheels are standard on the 2.0D S model and 18-inch alloy wheels are standard on all other models. Rain sensing automatic wipers are standard on all models, as well as heated exterior mirrors, glass moonroof, heated front seats, fog lights, and tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The Harman/Kardon GPS/stereo with six speakers and the rear-view backup camera is installed only on vehicles with the voice recognition NavPlus system. The standard stereo system uses the Harmon/Kardon sourced in-dash six-disc CD auto-changer.
The European Legacy is available as either a sedan or wagon, and the engine choices are the flat-4 EE20 2.0 L turbodiesel, the EJ20 2.0 L, or the EJ25 2.5 L. Legacy GT with EJ25 turbocharged engine and 5-speed automatic transmission has been available in selected European countries. It has been phased out since (no official explanation has been presented). Even though its more rugged brother Outback is available with 3.6 L flat-6 engine, currently the most powerful engine choice for the Legacy sold on European market is naturally aspirated 170HP (130 kW) 2.5L coupled with Lineatronic gearbox. The interior colors of Warm Ivory or Off Black are offered, but the Warm Ivory is only available in leather. Carbon Fiber accents are only available on the Sport trim package with black leather interior. The dual-zone climate control system is standard on all trim levels. The turbodiesel is available with the Warm Ivory interior with the Harman/Kardon GPS sound system with six speakers and the satellite navigation, but the only transmission offered is the six speed manual transmission. All engines except turbocharged EJ25 are Euro5 compliant.
Cruise control, heated seats, automatic windshield wipers, HID headlights with headlight washers, heated exterior mirrors, glass moonroof and 17" wheels are standard equipment. 18" alloy wheels are standard on the lop level trim packages Comfort and Sport. The smart key is available only on the Sport or Comfort trim packages, coupled with the Harmon/Kardon satellite navigation system and memory seats. The front hood (bonnet) and front bumper covers use the Japanese configuration, with turnsignal repeaters on the exterior mirrors, and standard equipment front and rear foglights. Japan and Europe are offered an exterior paint selection, called Dark Amethyst Silica that is not available in the UK or North America.