Subaru has revealed some of the latest information about the upcoming 2013 Subaru Outback and Legacy. The revelation had happened ahead of the 2012 New York Auto Show where the two car models are expected to make their debut. Subaru has provided the buying public and the US automobile community a detailed summary of the changes that were implemented on the Outback and the Legacy. Based on the statement provided by Subaru, the 2013 Subaru Outback and Legacy would be offered with the following features.
1. 2013 Subaru Legacy
Subaru has subjected the Legacy to a number of upgrades. Starting with its exterior design, the 2013 Subaru Legacy obtained a new set of headlights, new grille, and bumper cover. Due to this, the latest version of the Legacy looks more attractive and pleasing to the eyes. Given these changes, the Legacy would surely provide some of its closest competitors with a stiffer competition by sporting a well-designed exterior.
Under the hood, the base models of the 2013 Subaru Legacy will be powered by the company’s 2.5-liter boxer engine that generates a maximum power output of up to 173 horsepower. The power produced by the boxer engine will be transmitted to the four wheels of the vehicle either through the company’s second-generation “Lineartronic” continuously variable transmission or the 6-speed manual transmission.
The 3.6R models of the Legacy will be powered by the flat-six cylinder engine which is capable of producing a maximum power output of up to 256 horsepower. This engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The paddle shifters are equipped with the blipping function that matches the engine’s revs when the driver performs the needed downshifting.
In addition to this, Subaru has also stressed out that the Legacy will be offered with three types of all-wheel drive system. The 2.5 models will be using the Continuous All-Wheel Drive which is equipped with the viscous-locking differential. The CVT-equipped 2.5i models would be using Subaru’s Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive with the built-in electronically-managed clutch that controls the vehicle’s power-distribution. Finally, the 3.6 models are using the Variable Torque Distribution that allows the engine to send more power to the Legacy’s rear wheels.
2. 2013 Subaru Outback
The 2013 Subaru Outback has also obtained the same revision on its exterior layout as the Subaru Legacy. This simply means that the Outback has also received a new grille, new set of headlamps, and a brand-new bumper cover.
In addition to this, the 2013 version of the Outback will also be using the same engine and transmission options just like its Legacy sibling. Subaru has also offered the three types of all-wheel drive systems that are used on the other model. However, the 2013 Subaru Outback is expected to be less efficient compared to the Legacy when driven on the highway. Fortunately, the difference on the fuel consumption between the two models when driven on the highway is very minimal. But compared to the last year model, the 2013 Subaru outback is more fuel efficient.
On top of these, both the Legacy and the Outback will be equipped with the company’s “EyeSight” pre-collision system. This system helps the two models in avoiding possible collisions by using a pair of computer chip cameras that are capable of detecting pedestrians on the vehicles’ path and the same time monitor traffic lane markers.