2014 Subaru Levorg wagon sits between Impreza and Liberty/Legacy in size

Subaru’s new Levorg wagon can be had with a 221kW/400Nm 2-litre turbo boxer engine and all-wheel drive, making it a modern reincarnation of the Legacy GTB. The car goes on sale in Japan from January 2014. No word when, or if, it’s coming to Australia.


In terms of its dimensions (see our table below), the new wagon sits almost smack bang in the middle between the Impreza and the larger Legacy/Liberty. This might be for the purposes of creating a family car that’s appropriate for both the Japanese appetite and tax system, while allowing the next generation Legacy/Liberty to grow yet further.

The surprisingly good looking wagon is powered by either a 125kW/250Nm 1.6-litre 4-cylinder boxer engine or a 221kW/400Nm 2-litre boxer. Both engines feature turbocharging and direct injection, and send their power to all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission (Lineartronic in Subaru-speak). The 1.6-litre model rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, while the 2-litre version has 18-inch rims.

Tech available on the Levorg will include adaptive cruise control with brake light recognition, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, pre-collision braking and throttle management, and hazard avoidance.

Dimensions

  Impreza Levorg Liberty/Legacy
Length 4,580mm † 4,690mm 4,755mm
Width 1,740mm 1,780mm 1,821mm
Height 1,465mm 1,485mm 1,535mm
Wheelbase 2,644mm 2,650mm 2,751mm
Weight 1,320kg 1,540kg 1,613kg

† Subaru Impreza sedan.

Engines and fuel economy

1.6-litre DIT 4-cylinder boxer engine
Power: 125kW
Torque: 250Nm
Fuel economy (JC08): 5.7L/100km

2-litre DIT 4-cylinder boxer engine
Power: 221kW
Torque: 400Nm
Fuel economy (JC08): 7.6L/100km

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]