Engine and Transmission
2.5 liter Horizontally-Opposed four-cylinder DOHC engine
The 2.5 liter new generation Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine was newly adopted in the Legacy and Outback. Low to mid speed torque is improved, centered on manageability in practical use. The engine provides well balanced and exhilarating driving performance with responsive acceleration and fuel efficiency.
New Lineartronic (CVT)
By optimizing design, the new Lineartronic (CVT) was made light and compact. It also contributes effectively to improved fuel efficiency. (This new Lineartronic was first introduced with the new Impreza.)
The smooth acceleration, which is characteristic of CVT, was further improved due to better transmission response. The new Lineartronic (CVT) delivers linear and smooth acceleration responding to the driver's intention.
Auto start stop system
The new Impreza's auto start stop system was also employed for the Legacy and Outback. It prioritizes the driver's intentions so that the pleasant and secure feel of driving is not interrupted while it improves fuel efficiency.
In order to restart the engine rapidly after being automatically turned off, and to facilitate driving in congested situations, the Lineartronic (CVT) models have adopted a starter that can restart even when the engine has not completely shut off.
Chassis and Body
In pursuit of the ideal suspension setting that reacts to any road surface linearly, the rigidity of the chassis and body was further enhanced. This achieved Legacy's sporty yet secure handling performance as well as riding comfort.
The damping rate and spring settings in both the front and the rear were modified. In addition, suspension and body rigidity were upgraded with the addition of support sub frame in the rear that provides excellent stability.
The specifications of dampers and bush parts were optimized. With reinforced suspension mountings, more responsive handling was realized. As a result, the Legacy-like fun to drive and a secure driving feel was heightened.
Each function has been upgraded to increase user friendliness and create a more secure driving experience.
By modifying the camera image recognition process, collision avoidance performance has been improved at low speed as well as when driving on curvy roads.
When the vehicle is operating under "All-speed range adaptive cruise control" function, "Auto start stop system" can be operated without braking following the stop of the vehicle in front. When the vehicle in front restarts the system works with EyeSight to resume the adaptive cruise control function after the engine ignition. This advanced function improved both fuel efficiency and user-friendliness.
By linking the system to the multi information display, the driver can easily recognize warnings and EyeSight operating conditions such as All-speed range adaptive cruise control system.
Brake override function
When acceleration and brake pedals are applied simultaneously, the engine output is reduced while braking is preceded for better safety.