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Subaru Reveals 2013 Outback And Legacy

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On: Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Salamone

Subaru Reveals 2013 Outback And Legacy

This year’s New York Auto Show looks to be a real humdinger. Among a field of exciting new offerings, Subaru would have already stood out with the incoming XV Crosstek. But, sensing and capitalizing on opportunistic market momentum, the automaker plans to renovate the 2013 Legacy and Outback models as well. And we’re not talking about minor updates, either.

Instead, Subaru aims to spruce up the vehicles’ engine offerings, suspension, structure, and overall design.

What’s more, the company’s new EyeSight driver-assist system will also debut in 2013. EyeSight works much like other premium brand ‘radar’ technologies – incorporating Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning into one convenient package.

Both models, Outback and Legacy, will feature a new 2.5-liter DOHC boxer four cylinder that puts out 173 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque, 3 more horsepower and 4 additional lb.-ft. over last year’s engine. The extra pull and Subaru’s ‘stiffer structure’ amount to an additional mile per gallon in most driving conditions.

Aesthetics look greatly improved as well. The Legacy and Outback will receive a dash of sportiness with new wheels and trim. And for those who can afford a little something extra, Subaru will finally offer a new Bluetooth connectivity system with iPod integration – that actually includes vehicle controls – and USB port. No more fiddling with that 6ft AUX input cable and mobile music device. A seven inch navigation display will come optionally.

After discussing improvements to the vehicles’ infrastructure, providing handling and steering bonuses, the company’s press release stated: “In tandem with the structural enhancements, Subaru has increased the diameter of the double-wishbone rear suspension’s sway bar and also increased the spring and damper rates and bushing stiffness. As a result, body roll has been reduced by up to 40 percent. The…driver will experience a more responsive, yet quieter vehicle overall.”

No word yet on price, but expect details to emerge along with physical debuts during the New York Auto Show. Since Subaru is turning up the volume for 2013 Outback and Legacy models, we anticipate a slight price hike. But, at this point, a minor price increase shouldn’t be too discouraging for would-be buyers. The Legacy and Outback are both highly rated, recommended, and reliable cars which seem to have a lot going for them. It stands to reason that more features should demand more dollars.

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