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Subaru Legacy Tourer

Every Subaru Legacy Tourer offers the combination of Horizontally-Opposed 'Boxer' engine - in diesel or petrol guise - and Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive). This well-proven set-up, further refined by Subaru's engineers for the fifth-generation car, has made successive generations of Subaru Legacy Tourer the preferred choice for motorists seeking a practical family car that delivers rewarding yet secure handling in all weather conditions.

The 2010 Legacy Tourer exudes on-road presence thanks to a bold front-end design and an increase in overall dimensions: the car is wider (by 50mm), taller (by 65mm) and longer (by 55mm).

The new grille (complete with 'wing motif') flanked by elongated headlights is both modern and instantly recognisable as a Subaru. Prominent wheel-arches hint at the impressive power running through the Symmetrical AWD system, while the strong belt line and a chrome-rimmed glass-house give the Subaru Legacy Tourer a premium feel.

The luxurious and spacious interior has been completely redesigned to give occupants more room and to improve comfort levels. For example, front headroom has risen by 21mm over the previous model, and legroom for rear-seat passengers increases by 99mm, aided by an 80mm increase in wheelbase.

Key to the Subaru Legacy's sustained appeal over the years has been the practicality it offers buyers, and the latest incarnation is no different. Boasting a generous 526 litres of stowage capacity with the 60/40 split rear seats in place, the new model offers an additional 67 litres over its predecessor. Fold the rear pews flat, and a cavernous 1,677-litre cargo hold is created.

In a revised engine line-up, buyers will now be offered a choice of Subaru Boxer engines: either 2.0-litre diesel or 2.5-litre petrol. A six-speed manual unit comes as standard with the diesel, while the petrol benefits from the new in-house developed 'Lineartronic' automatic transmission.

This all-new 'next generation' transmission system is mounted longitudinally behind the boxer engine, 'Lineartronic' is a fully automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT)-type unit that enables the engine to operate continuously at the most efficient part of its rev-range - resulting in strong, linear, seamless acceleration and maximised fuel economy.

On the road, the new Subaru Legacy Tourer offers competitive performance and economy. Top speed for the diesel-powered model - expected to be the most popular choice for private and business motorists - is 120mph, with a 0-62mph time of 9.6 seconds. Fuel economy is an outstanding 46.3mpg (combined cycle) and its CO2 emissions figure is 161g/km.

The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit generates a maximum output of 167ps and torque of 229Nm at 4,000rpm. By adopting the i-Active Valve Lift System (i-AVLS), combined with the new Lineartronic automatic transmission, top speed for the automatic model is 120mph with a 0-62mph time of 10.3 seconds.

Subaru has adopted a revised MacPherson strut front suspension design, with the lower arm mounted on the sub-frame for greater stability and refinement. The thickness of the stabiliser (anti-roll) bar has also been increased, improving roll resistance and offering even greater agility.

Underneath the 'new-look' styling, the new Legacy Tourer has a completely re-engineered all-steel unitary structure that delivers the highest crash safety performance. The vehicle was recently awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash safety rating.

"The fifth-generation Subaru Legacy Tourer is a flagship model and a new technical benchmark for Subaru," explains Paul Tunnicliffe, Subaru's UK Managing Director. "Our vehicles are designed to be different from other cars, and the new Subaru Legacy has been conceived to take on premium-brand rivals with a unique blend of attributes. Its arrival marks the latest stage in the resurgence of the Subaru brand in the UK, and it is a very fitting way of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Subaru Legacy."

Subaru Legacy's loyal customer base of over 3.6 million buyers worldwide has come to expect high levels of standard specification, and the latest version will not disappoint. Standard on all derivatives are alloy wheels, tilt-and-slide sunroof, heated front seats, six CD tuner with RDS and six speakers, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and automatic activation for wipers and headlights.

Prices start at £23,295 for the 2.0D S, and range up to £27,295 for the 2.5i SE NavPlus Lineartronic. The five-strong range of new Subaru Legacy Tourer models is on sale in Subaru's 75 UK dealers from 1 October, 2009.

While creating the fifth-generation Subaru Legacy, Subaru's design team followed the key theme of 'Presence' - exploiting the all-new platform to evolve recognisable Subaru Legacy characteristics, with a touch more authority and bolder treatments for stand-out frontal features such as the grille and headlamps.

The significantly increased length, longer wheelbase and wider track enabled designers to sculpt a new Subaru Legacy Tourer with a much bolder stance and greatly heightened on-road presence that also hints at Subaru's core technology - Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) - which remains at the heart of this newcomer.

The headlight units are larger and stretched longitudinally, while the three-dimensional aspect of their internal components layout is highlighted to give 'technology' feel. A new front grille design incorporates the 'wing motif' that is a shared feature of the Subaru family of vehicles, enabling the face of the new Subaru Legacy Tourer to make a powerful statement.

Prominently-projecting wheel arches express the power running through the AWD system. The lower body is designed with minimum character lines to emphasize strength and stability. By contrast, there are strong flowing lines above the belt-line and chrome-plated mouldings around the side glass-house edges. These not only enhance the cabin presence, but also combine to create a premium look.

For the new Subaru Legacy Tourer, a new design approach with a visible D-pillar (viewed from outside), has been adopted. The new design offers a sense of evolution and the D-pillars, rear lamp clusters and rear bumper hint that this car benefits from driven rear wheels.

Overall, the exterior of new Subaru Legacy boasts a three-dimensional solidity that expresses a new type of sportiness. In the UK, a choice of six exterior body colours will be available, with four new colours - Satin White, Galaxy Blue Silica, Crystal Black Silica and Graphite Gray Metallic - on offer, alongside popular carry-over colours, Steel Silver Metallic and Camellia Red Pearl.

More space, more comfort plus easy functionality

Naturally, the cabin design of the new Subaru Legacy reflects the dynamic subtleties of the exterior. The design team's key mantra was "Active and Quality Feeling" and while exploiting the enhanced cabin space available within the new bodyshell, it paid particular attention to detail to ensure easy-to-use functionality, for the driver and passengers and maximum comfort for extended journeys. Double-seals on all doors and windows enhance refinement by reducing the intrusion of wind noise.

The all-new, larger front seats offer excellent comfort and support, with 10-way power adjustment on the driver's seat (including lumbar support), and four-way manual adjustment on the passenger seat. The front seats feature 20% softer cushions and 10% softer backrests.

The driver's seat benefits from more adjustability, with a 10 mm increase in fore/aft slide range, 20 mm more height movement, a 2 degree increase in cushion tilt and now a 20 mm lumbar adjustment. Rear seats passengers are also offered enhanced comfort, with the 60/40 split backrest which will recline over a 20 degree range.

Facing the driver, a new instrument cluster features four dials outlined in aluminium rings, and the new three-spoke steering wheel is leather-wrapped, with integrated audio and cruise controls, and a wider range of adjustment - 40 mm for both reach and rake. On Lineartronic models, steering column-mounted paddle shifters are fitted for sequential manual control of the gearbox.

In the UK, the 2.0 D S model features black cloth seat upholstery and interior trim, while all the SE models are trimmed in black leather.

Refined and exceedingly luxurious, without excess

Building on the premium ambience created by the new exterior and interior styling, plus the enhanced and generous cabin space, the new Subaru Legacy Tourer is comprehensively equipped to ensure maximum comfort for all occupants.

All models feature dual-zone, fully automatic air-conditioning with an anti-dust filter and heating ducts to the rear passenger footwells. A premium audio system, with a radio/CD player, six speakers (including two tweeters) and steering wheel-mounted remote controls, is standard. For the new Subaru Legacy Tourer, radio reception has been significantly improved by the fitting of two high performance antennas within the rear window glass.

The audio systems are MP3 compatible and a Bluetooth hands-free system is fitted as standard. Voice activation from the hands-free microphone allows users to make phone calls, specify navigation destinations and operate the audio appliances.

Facing the new Subaru Legacy Tourer driver, the new instrument panel integrates clarity, functionality and a visual richness in keeping with the premium character of the new model. Four dials are ringed in aluminium and feature an additional liquid crystal display panel in the centre. The dials and the display are illuminated constantly, even in daytime, to improve visibility. The dials appear white with the ignition off and turn light blue with the ignition on. When the ignition is switched on, the gauge needles sweep to the maximum position and then quickly return to zero - heightening the excitement and anticipation of the journey to come. For diesel models, a glow indicator, sedimenter warning light and diesel particulate filter warning light are added.

The new Multi-Information Display (MID) is positioned on the centre stack's upper surface so that it can be viewed from all seats. The MID shows ambient temperature, fuel consumption information (instantaneous fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency, driving range to empty), passenger seatbelt warning lights and a digital clock.

 

Major controls in the new Subaru Legacy Tourer are laid out to minimise both the intrusion into the driver's line of sight and the time the driver's hands are away from the steering wheel. Minor controls and switches are positioned to optimise ease-of-use. Models with the new Lineartronic transmission feature a compact gear selector and a straight-line selector gate for ease of operation. To exploit this transmission's manual mode, steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters are standard on these models.

Depending on model, equipment available as standard on the new Subaru Legacy Tourer includes: automatic operation of headlamps and windscreen wipers, front and rear electric windows (with auto up/down function on the driver's door), a glass 'tilt-n-slide' sunroof, keyless access (Smart Entry) by the key 'owner' simply touching the sensor on the front door handle, and push button engine Start/Stop without inserting a key.

SE and SE NavPlus models feature a 'Sports Package' which comprises a sports front bumper and front grille, dark tinted head lamps, larger 18-inch alloy wheels and special Bilstein dampers. Inside, there are aluminium foot pedals and carbon fibre-effect trim panels.

The range-topping SE NavPlus models also feature a new DVD navigation system as standard, with a high-resolution, wide VGA, eight-inch monitor, high-speed 600 MHz CPU and LED back-lit display for optimum clarity and practicality.

These models are also equipped with a Rear View Camera (RVC). The RVC superimposes graduated guide lines on the camera image to show the width of the vehicle and distance to objects behind to greatly aid the driver during reversing and parking manoeuvres.

Extra room to enjoy the added comfort

The cabin of the new Subaru Legacy Tourer is longer, wider and taller than that of its predecessor, facilitating improvements in comfort and practicality. The interior also demonstrates lessons learned in Subaru's latest 'packaging innovation' research programme.

Larger seats are fitted to make best-use of the increased space around each occupant. The space between the front seats has increased by 30 mm and the between the front and rear seats is increased by 62 mm. The rear seat backrest is split 60/40% and folds flat to offer the best people/cargo carrying versatility. With the rear seats upright, cargo capacity is increased by 67 litres to 526 litres.

Larger rear doors result in improved access to the rear seats, and detailed attention to the window shapes and pillar layouts ensures a greater feeling of 'openness' for the rear seat occupants in the new Legacy Tourer.

While the width and height of the luggage bay were increased, the depth of the lip between the rear bumper and cargo was reduced slightly to ensure it is easier for users to load and unload heavy items when lifting them into the interior. The tailgate, which is 33mm wider and 45mm taller than before for easier access, features an electromagnetic switch for easy opening with a light touch, aided by twin supporting gas struts.

The new front seats have concave backrests to provide extra knee space for rear seat occupants. The rear seat features a folding centre armrest with twin cup holders, and the backrests can be reclined for greater comfort during long journeys. A remote one-touch mechanism conveniently located in the cargo bay side panel enables the backrests to be folded flat in one simple operation from the rear tailgate when loading long items.

Inside the new Subaru Legacy Tourer, designers also paid attention to create generously sized, easy-to-use storage space for smaller items - with capacity increased by 39 litres over the previous model.

A larger glovebox will accept 31 CDs, while the new double-decker centre console, which can accommodate 22 CDs, incorporates a 12V power supply and AUX audio input socket. Two types of armrest console lid are provided, depending on the transmission type. A 'low' type is fitted to six-speed manual models, while a 'tall' type is used for the Lineartronic cars to ensure a relaxing driving posture.

Two cup-holders are provided alongside the centre console, while a 500 ml plastic bottle can be stored in all door pockets. A 50 mm thick box of tissues can also be accommodated in the front door pockets. A central overhead console is provided for storage of sunglasses and small items.

Choice of high-power diesel or petrol 'Boxer' units

For the 2010 new Subaru Legacy Tourer line-up in the UK, customers will be offered a choice of 2.0-litre diesel and 2.5-litre petrol engines. The 150 ps diesel is expected to prove the most popular choice.

In March 2008, Subaru introduced the 'Boxer Diesel', the world's first horizontally-opposed diesel engine for volume-produced passenger cars. The 1,998 cc diesel produces a maximum output of 150 ps and maximum torque of 350 Nm between 1,800 and 2,400 rpm.

Now, for the 2010 new Subaru Legacy Tourer, this unique engine benefits from several technical refinements and enhanced environmentally-friendly features. The shape of the piston crowns has been changed for a wider, shallower design. This, in conjunction with improvements made to gas flow within the combustion chamber have improved combustion efficiency and reduced the production of particulate matter. A 'lift sensor' has been added to the variable nozzle turbocharger for more precise control of the vanes.

The glow plugs have been changed from a metallic type to a ceramic type, raising the maximum operating temperature and providing better start-up at cold temperatures.

Control of the fuel injection has been optimised and the intake manifold has been redesigned in resin for improved airflow for improved torque characteristics and fuel efficiency. An added benefit of the new resin construction is the 1.5kg weight reduction over the previous aluminium version.

A single exhaust silencer has been used to optimise engine output and noise levels, while also saving weight. The addition of a vibration absorbing structure in the middle of main exhaust pipe also reduces noise levels.

The Subaru Boxer Diesel is fitted with a closed-type diesel particulate filter (DPF) that features a honeycomb shaped filter made of silicon carbide. The DPF, which is positioned low down with the turbocharger to maintain the car's low centre of gravity, improves engine combustion efficiency and reduces particulate matter in the exhaust, further enhancing environmental friendliness.

And finally, the exhaust gas recirculator (EGR) cooler has been enlarged to improve the system's efficiency by 12% - lowering NOx emissions to ensure that the new Subaru Legacy complies with Euro 5 exhaust gas regulations.

On the road, new Legacy delivers class-competitive performance. Top speed for the Subaru Legacy Tourer 2.0D S is 120 mph with a 0-to-62 mph time of 9.6 seconds. Fuel economy is an outstanding 46.3 mpg (combined cycle) and its CO2 emission figure is a highly competitive 161 g/km.

167 ps power unit for drivers who prefer a petrol engine

For drivers who prefer a petrol engine, Subaru's famous horizontally-opposed, four-cylinder boxer engine is available in its 2.5i form. This 2.5-litre unit, with 16-valves and a displacement of 2,457 cc, generates a maximum output of 167 ps and torque of 229 Nm at 4,000 rpm.

The engine's generous torque and flat torque curve ensures responsive performance from low speeds and a rewarding feeling of smooth acceleration. The cylinder heads have been modified and lighter pistons are used. Weight-saving new resin-type intake manifolds and internal friction reduction measures improve fuel efficiency, while the port shapes are modified and the catalytic converter structure is uprated, to comply with Euro 5 emissions regulations.

By adopting the i-Active Valve Lift System (i-AVLS), combined with the newly developed Lineartronic automatic transmission, fuel economy has been reduced towards the level equivalent to a 2.0-litre engine - recording a 3.3% improvement when compared with the previous automatic model. This is particularly impressive given that the new Subaru Legacy weighs 48kg more than the outgoing model.

Performance figures for the Subaru Legacy Tourer 2.5i SE Lineartronic highlight its unique blend of driving fun and moderate ownership costs. Top speed for this automatic transmission model is 120 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 10.3 seconds. Fuel economy is 33.6 mpg (combined cycle) and its CO2 emission figure is 196 g/km.

Innovative 'Lineartronic' offers sequential manual mode

As part of Subaru's comprehensive re-engineering programme for Subaru Legacy, the latest model offers buyers of the 2.5i petrol versions an all-new 'next generation' transmission system - the innovative, in-house developed 'Lineartronic'.

Mounted longitudinally behind the boxer engine, 'Lineartronic' is a fully automatic continuously variable transmission-type unit that enables the engine to operate continuously at the most efficient part of its rev-range - resulting in strong, linear, seamless acceleration and maximised fuel economy.

Instead of an ordinary belt, Subaru's new transmission employs a flat steel chain for the torque transfer mechanism between the system's two pulleys to achieve a 97% transfer efficiency in a very compact unit.

The new transmission's compact size allowed Subaru to increase the difference between the minimum and maximum pulley diameters, for a 6.3 ratio coverage that contributes to improvements in both engine performance and fuel efficiency. A straight, four-position shift gate ensures simple, easy-to-use operation in fully-automatic mode.

A six-speed manual mode is also available for greater driver involvement. Electronics provide six gear 'steps' and the driver can select the next gear sequentially (going up or down the box) by using the paddles attached to the steering wheel, to enjoy truly sporty and responsive driving. 'Gear' change time in manual mode is just 90 milliseconds.

Smooth-shifting six-speed manuals

Standard transmission for 2.0-litre diesel models is a new manual six-speed unit. This compact transmission is the same length as the previous five-speed unit and weighs just five kg more.

Improvements featured in the new transmission include a cable-type linkage and a carbon synchronizer for the first and second ratios, constantly-engaged synchromesh for reverse gear, to improve the shift feel and optimised lubrication paths for reduced friction losses. The broader ratio coverage provide by the six-speed unit delivers better fuel economy, plus improved drivability and quietness at higher speeds.

Full-time 'Symmetrical' AWD - the Subaru hallmark

While numerous aspects of the Subaru Legacy Tourer are indeed 'all-new', the Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system is carried over, giving the new model all the traction advantages for which the Subaru brand is famous.

This is an evolution of Subaru's original full-time AWD system, which has a well-proven ability to provide real driving pleasure, superior driving performance and long-term reliability. For the system in the Subaru Legacy Tourer, two different types of centre differential mechanism, a core feature of AWD, are provided - depending on model.

For the 2.0D models, four-wheel drive is delivered by a 'Centre differential AWD with viscous LSD' system. This combines a bevel-gear-type centre differential with the basic 50/50% front/rear, torque distribution and a viscous coupling limited slip differential. When a front wheel or rear wheel slips, the viscous coupling raises the torque distribution to other wheels to ensure optimum traction.

The 2.5i 'Lineartronic' models feature 'Active torque split AWD'. This system constantly monitors the VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) and front/rear torque distribution, making adjustments according to sudden changes on the road surface. During normal driving, the torque distribution which achieves the best fuel economy is used.

For maximum driving safety, all models are equipped with Subaru's Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system. This is an electronic stability control programme (ESC) that closely monitors vehicle behaviour and automatically corrects excessive understeer and oversteer, by braking individual wheels and/or reducing engine power, to ensure that vehicle follows the course intended by the driver, ensuring maximum safety.

New suspension, sub-frames and power steering

Following the strong traditional of the 'Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept', engineers devised and developed the chassis and running gear for the Subaru Legacy Tourer to feature many new and updated components. Their aim was to create a new Subaru that was exceptionally comfortable and safe to drive for long periods, and over many years of ownership, while also guaranteeing good drivability, high performance and genuine motoring pleasure.

To reduce noise, vibrations and harshness (NVH), and to enhance ride comfort, the engine mounting structure has been entirely renewed, for the first time since the Subaru 1000 model of 1966. An all-new 'Cradle Mount System' was adopted where the engine and transmission are mounted on a sub-frame - rather than directly to the bodyshell. This system brings numerous benefits.

The sub-frame is attached to the bodyshell using rubber bushes, especially tuned to dampen different frequencies of vibrations generated by the engine, transmission and suspension. For example, the main cushion rubber uses a liquid-filled type of bush, and the engine is supported on the subframe at four widely-spread points.

In addition, the front suspension and the power steering are mounted on the sub-frame, so that potential vibrations from the road surface are not easily transferred to the bodyshell or the car's occupants - improving ride comfort and refinement.

New front and rear suspensions

For the new Legacy Tourer, Subaru has adopted a revised MacPherson strut front suspension, with the lower arm mounted on the sub-frame for greater stability. Steering response is enhanced, and quietness is increased by reducing vibrations. The thickness of the stabiliser (anti-roll) bar is increased, improving roll stiffness without requiring a change to the main spring rates. Road-holding during cornering is enhanced (thanks in part to a wider track), while smooth ride comfort is retained with extended wheel travel and optimised geometry.

At the rear, new 'short height' compact double-wishbone suspension is used to minimise intrusion into the cabin or cargo space. For maximum refinement, all the suspension links and the rear differential are installed on a new sub-frame. Large bushes are used between the sub-frame and the bodyshell to minimise transfer of NVH.

To achieve an ideal ride/handling balance, new low-friction type dampers are fitted on all models, front and rear. These dampers are tuned exclusively to match the characteristics of the Subaru Legacy S model's standard 16-inch wheels and tyres, ensuring a sense of 'solidity and stability' in fast driving, without loss of smoothness. SE and SE NavPlus models are fitted with special uprated Bilstein dampers as part of the Sports Pack, offering enhanced body control.

Electric power steering for improved fuel economy

In order to improve both steering feel and fuel economy, a new rack-and-pinion steering system with electric power assistance has been adopted. The system is mounted on the front cradle frame at four points, which increases rigidity of the steering system, and enhances its initial response to driver inputs. For the majority of the Subaru Legacy Tourer models, a 'quick ratio' is used for increased sporty feeling.

New electronic parking brake and hill-hold function

The all-disc braking system, with ABS and EBD (Electric Brake-force Distribution) as standard, has a linear feel with retardation corresponding closely to applied brake pedal pressure. A redesigned master cylinder gives a 30% faster response to driver inputs on the brake pedal.

Brake Assist is also standard, developing maximum stopping power automatically when the system detects emergency application of the brakes.

For the Subaru Legacy Tourer, an innovative electronic parking brake is used. Controlled by a dashboard mounted switch, the new system does away with the traditional hand brake, freeing up cabin space and allowing a cleaner, less cluttered centre console design. If the doors are closed and the driver's seatbelt is fastened then the parking brake will automatically release when the driver operates the accelerator pedal.

The new braking system also introduces a 'Hill-Hold' function. When the vehicle is stopped on a slope of 5% or more this feature will hold the vehicle on the brakes for one second after the driver removes their foot from the clutch - long enough to move it to the accelerator without rolling back; a feature that is particularly useful when towing.

Wheels and Tyres

The standard wheel and tyre combination for the Subaru Legacy Tourer 2.0D S is a 16-inch alloy wheel with 205/60 R16 tyre. SE and SE NavPlus models feature 18-inch alloys with 225/45 R18 tyres. On all models, a conventional 'spare wheel' is not fitted, instead an easy-to-use puncture repair kit is supplied as part of Subaru's vehicle weight reduction programme.

At the rear, new 'short height' compact double-wishbone suspension is used to minimise intrusion into the cabin or cargo space. For maximum refinement, all the suspension links and the rear differential are installed on a new sub-frame. Large bushes are used between the sub-frame and the bodyshell to minimise transfer of NVH.

To achieve an ideal ride/handling balance, new low-friction type dampers are fitted on all models, front and rear. These dampers are tuned exclusively to match the characteristics of the new Legacy S model's standard 16-inch wheels and tyres, ensuring a sense of 'solidity and stability' in fast driving, without loss of smoothness. SE and SE NavPlus models are fitted with special uprated Bilstein dampers as part of the Sports Pack, offering enhanced body control.

Electric power steering for improved fuel economy

In order to improve both steering feel and fuel economy, a new rack-and-pinion steering system with electric power assistance has been adopted. The system is mounted on the front cradle frame at four points, which increases rigidity of the steering system, and enhances its initial response to driver inputs. For the majority of the Subaru Legacy Tourer models, a 'quick ratio' is used for increased sporty feeling.

New electronic parking brake and hill-hold function

The all-disc braking system, with ABS and EBD (Electric Brake-force Distribution) as standard, has a linear feel with retardation corresponding closely to applied brake pedal pressure. A redesigned master cylinder gives a 30% faster response to driver inputs on the brake pedal.

Brake Assist is also standard, developing maximum stopping power automatically when the system detects emergency application of the brakes.

For the Subaru Legacy Tourer, an innovative electronic parking brake is used. Controlled by a dashboard mounted switch, the new system does away with the traditional hand brake, freeing up cabin space and allowing a cleaner, less cluttered centre console design. If the doors are closed and the driver's seatbelt is fastened then the parking brake will automatically release when the driver operates the accelerator pedal.

The new braking system also introduces a 'Hill-Hold' function. When the vehicle is stopped on a slope of 5% or more this feature will hold the vehicle on the brakes for one second after the driver removes their foot from the clutch - long enough to move it to the accelerator without rolling back; a feature that is particularly useful when towing.

Wheels and Tyres

The standard wheel and tyre combination for the Subaru Legacy Tourer 2.0D S is a 16-inch alloy wheel with 205/60 R16 tyre. SE and SE NavPlus models feature 18-inch alloys with 225/45 R18 tyres. On all models, a conventional 'spare wheel' is not fitted, instead an easy-to-use puncture repair kit is supplied as part of Subaru's vehicle weight reduction programme.

'Circular links' enhance strength and occupant protection

As well as 'new-look' styling, larger dimensions and new suspension, the Subaru Legacy Tourer has a completely reviewed and re-engineered bodyshell. The all-steel unitary structure is refined to enhance ride, handling and refinement, while also delivering the highest level of crash safety performance. The Subaru Legacy Tourer was recently awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, confirming that Subaru's structural and safety engineers have achieved their targets for this new model.

Newly developed, the bodyshell is both lighter and stiffer, featuring ring-shaped reinforcement frames - 'circular links' - joining the A, B, C and D-pillars with cross members at roof and floor level. This creates a series of 'circular links' which strongly protects the cabin occupants. Ultra-high-strength steel plate (980 Mpa level) is used at key portions of the bodyshell to achieve strength without adding significantly to overall weight.

By fully exploiting the structural characteristics of the newly adopted sub-frame mounting system, the front body structure is redesigned to improve the rigidity of the front suspension installation and to enhance impact resistance as well as steering response. These improvements, and reinforcement of the engine bay bulkhead and toe board areas, were accomplished while also saving 6 kg from the front body panels.

The rear floor structure has also been optimised to accommodate the new sub-frame and to reduce weight while increasing rigidity, further improving rear suspension characteristics and vehicle drivability.

Delivering '5-Star' crash safety protection

Using the advanced ring-shaped reinforcements throughout the Subaru Legacy Tourer bodyshell enhances collision safety and resistance to impacts from all directions. In addition, the newly adopted 'cradle mount' sub-frame mounting system contributes to an enlarged front-end crush zone, further improving occupant protection and the Euro NCAP test performance.

During a front-end collision, the new front 'cradle mount' sub-frame deforms in a controlled manner and pushes the power unit downwards to the rear. As a result, the rearward movement of such a large mass dissipates impact energy and assists the efficient absorption of collision energy by the main body structure.

To enhance side-impact protection, ultra-high-strength steel plate (980 Mpa level) is used for the B-pillar and side sill structures to improve the local cabin area rigidity. In addition, two door impact beams are placed within each front and rear door. By optimally positioning the beams in relation to the door's internal structure, a sufficient crush space is ensured to minimise intrusion. Furthermore, a 'door catcher' is fitted to the bottom of the rear door to prevent it intruding into the cabin.

Despite the relatively short rear overhang, the Subaru Legacy's structure is optimised so that rear impact energy is efficiently absorbed by controlled and gradual crushing of the rear sub-frames.

To minimise repair costs after a low-speed frontal collision, new impact-absorbing crash boxes are provided behind the front bumper. Impacts of approximately 9 mph or less can be absorbed without affecting the main frame members. In addition, the crash boxes can be replaced separately, aiming at reducing repair costs, time and the amount of resources to be used. Each part of the radiator is attached by bolts, rather than welding, thus making parts replacement during repairing easier, quicker and cheaper.

To achieve the same goal at the rear, a new bumper beam with an impact absorption feature has been adopted.

'Passive' safety advances that also benefit pedestrians

While a robust structure can form the foundation for a truly safe car, Subaru has also ensured that the new Subaru Legacy Tourer is comprehensively kitted out with a full range of both 'passive' and 'active' safety equipment - as the best way to prevent occupant injury is to overcome the hazards of daily motoring and avoid any accident in the first place.

The new front seats have significantly-increased frame and inner-structure stiffness to provide protection against whiplash injuries. New-design, energy-absorbing head restraints offer greater protection by reducing head impact forces.

Front dual, side and curtain airbags are fitted as standard on all models. The side and curtain airbags are enlarged for enhanced performance, and the airbag impact sensors have been upgraded to improve responses.

To protect the driver's knee and lower leg, the steering column's structure has been redesigned with an impact-absorption space, and a knee protector is fitted. All the foot pedals have a collapsible function (above a pre-set g-force) to reduce the likelihood of foot injuries.

The issue of pedestrian protection has also been addressed. New, impact-absorbing materials and an optimised structure around the front bumper have been designed to exceed the European next-generation pedestrian protection standards, which are the most stringent in the world.

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