SUBARU INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2015 LEGACY SEDAN

SUBARU INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2015 LEGACY SEDAN
Contact: Dominick Infante
Subaru of America, Inc.
856-488-8615
dinfante@subaru.com
Jessica Tullman
Subaru of America, Inc.
310-352-4400
jtullman@subaru.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUBARU INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2015 LEGACY® SEDAN
 Roomiest Legacy ever with largest passenger cabin in the midsize
segment
 Fuel efficiency at the top of AWD midsize sedan class with estimated
ratings of 26 mpg city / 36 mpg highway for 2.5i model
 Higher level of comfort, quiet and refinement
 Standard Lineartronic® CVT
 New standard Active Torque Vectoring for greater agility
 Latest EyeSight driver assistance system with improved camera
performance
 New available Rear Vehicle Detection System featuring Blind Spot
Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
 New safety and infotainment technology
CHERRY HILL, NJ – The Subaru Legacy has been completely re-designed for 2015 to deliver a
more compelling blend of standout design, interior refinement, safety technology and higher fuel
efficiency. The Legacy now features the largest interior passenger volume in the midsize sedan
segment. Still the only car in its class with All-Wheel Drive as standard, the 2015 Legacy
continues the brand’s safety leadership by introducing the latest version of the EyeSight system
and a new available Rear Vehicle Detection System that includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane
Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Offering a choice of 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder BOXER engines, the 2015 Subaru Legacy comes
standard with the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and Symmetrical AllWheel Drive. With manufacturer-estimated ratings of 26 mpg city / 36 mpg highway / 30 mpg
combined, the 2015 Legacy 2.5i matches or exceeds fuel economy of many front-wheel drive
midsize sedans.
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The 6-cylinder Legacy 3.6R Limited also sees fuel economy improve by 10 percent, with new
estimated ratings of 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway / 23 mpg combined.
The 2015 Legacy maintains a footprint similar to the model it replaces, yet offers
increased interior room and trunk capacity. The 2015 model is the best-equipped Legacy
ever, with all trim lines adding new standard amenities, and the Limited trims offering the
highest level of luxury ever in this model.
New Design Language
The 2015 Legacy echoes design themes introduced by the Legacy Concept at the 2013 Los
Angeles Auto Show. The production model combines sporty form and efficient function. Key to
the sleeker, coupe-like profile is a new front fascia that combines the hexagonal grille and
bumper into one smooth piece. An aluminum hood reduces weight over the front wheels,
enhancing steering response.
The 2015 Legacy’s windshield is more raked, pulled forward 2.0 in. at the base. The new
windshield angle, higher seating hip points, new front partition windows and door-mounted side
view mirrors help improve visibility. A 10-percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency
contributes to lower fuel consumption. The 2015 Legacy 2.5i debuts a standard Active Grille
Shutter system, which helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance when closed.
In the Legacy 3.6R Limited, new standard HID low-beam headlights give the car a more
distinctive nighttime signature. The U-shape taillights and brake lights on all models use LED
bulbs for lower power consumption and a luxurious appearance. Limited trims feature turn
signal exterior mirrors.
New Safety and Security from a Safety Leader
The 2015 Legacy comes standard with a rear-view camera, now located closer to the center of
the car for more natural imaging. A new rollover sensor can deploy the side curtain airbags if an
imminent rollover is detected. For added nighttime security, the 2015 Legacy features new
standard Welcome Lighting that automatically turns on cabin illumination and exterior lights as
the driver approaches or departs the car.
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The Limited trims offer a Keyless Access & Start system as well as PIN Code Access. This new
system allows the driver to leave the keys in the Legacy, lock it and then unlock the car using
the PIN Code – ideal while running, swimming and other activities where carrying keys is not
convenient or secure.
The 2015 Subaru Legacy introduces a new type of airbag restraint and a new available rear
radar system. The new front seat-cushion airbags help to keep occupants in place in a frontal
collision. The new Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection System, which is standard on 2015 Legacy
Limited trims and available for the 2.5i Premium, provides three functions. Blind Spot Detection
detects vehicles on either side of the vehicle, in the driver’s blind spots; Lane Change Assist
detects fast-approaching vehicles in adjacent lanes, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert detects
vehicles approaching from a perpendicular direction while reversing, such as from a driveway.
LED indicators on the side mirrors alert the driver. Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses an indicator in
the rear view camera display.
The 2015 Legacy offers the latest version of the EyeSight® driver-assist system, the
highest-rated front crash prevention system by the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (IIHS). Available for Premium and Limited trims, EyeSight uses Subarudeveloped stereo camera technology and integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, PreCollision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. The 2015 Legacy is projected to
achieve the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, as the 2014 Legacy did.
Models equipped with EyeSight also come with new Steering-Responsive Fog Lights.
This feature, which works only when the headlights are set to their Auto position and the
fog lights are turned off, activates the left or right fog light independently, depending on
vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide enhanced illumination in the direction of the
turn. The fog lights are pre-aimed for maximum coverage in corners.
Four- or Six-Cylinder BOXER Engines
The 2015 Legacy 2.5i is powered by a double-overhead-cam (DOHC) FB series 2.5-liter
BOXER engine that debuted for 2013 and now receives numerous enhancements for
lighter weight, improved efficiency and quieter operation. Power is increased slightly, to
175 hp vs. 173 hp before. Peak torque remains at 174 lb.-ft. but is spread over a broader
engine speed range for more responsive performance.
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With the 2015 Legacy, Subaru continues to offer a 6-cylinder model in the midsize sedan
segment. The 3.6-liter BOXER engine produces 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of peak torque.
Notably, the 3.6 sustains at least 225 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm, making
the Legacy 3.6R Limited feel exceptionally smooth and responsive in everyday driving.
For 2015, all Legacy models now come standard with a Lineartronic CVT (continuously
variable transmission), with the 6-cylinder model using a high-torque version. Changes
made to reduce friction in the CVT contribute to higher fuel efficiency in the 2015
Legacy. All models are equipped with Incline Start Assist and the electronic Hill Holder
System that holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle.
Enhanced Agility and Quieter Ride
Subaru extensively revised and retuned the Legacy’s MacPherson strut front suspension
and double-wishbone rear suspension for greater handling agility and a more compliant
ride. New quick-ratio electric power-assisted steering delivers outstanding feel and also
helps reduce fuel consumption. The Legacy 2.5i is equipped with standard 17-inch
wheels (alloy on Premium), and the Limited trims feature 18-in. alloy wheels.
Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
stability and traction control system, fosters more neutral cornering by applying brake
pressure to the inside front wheel. The Legacy 2.5i now uses larger brakes previously
available only on the 6-cylinder model, and all models now have ventilated rear discs in
place of solid discs used previously. The Brake Assist safety system automatically
applies maximum braking pressure in an emergency stop.
The Legacy cabin blocks more sources of noise thanks to a new acoustic windshield,
liquid-filled engine mounts, thicker panels in key locations (floor, toeboard, rear wheel
apron, inner fenders) and expanded use of foam insulation and floor damping material.
More Room, Greater Refinement
With nearly the same exterior footprint as the previous Legacy, the 2015 model offers the
largest cabin space in the midsize segment, at 104.6 cu. ft. (up from 103 cu. ft.). The added
space yields gains in shoulder, hip, elbow and leg room. Rear seat legroom measures a
generous 38.1 inches. The trunk has been enlarged to 15.0 cu. ft., up slightly from 14.7 cu. ft.
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for the 2014 model, but a significant point considering that the standard Symmetrical AWD
system requires packaging for the multilink rear suspension, a rear differential and drive axles.
A standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seat expands carrying capacity.
The driver faces a decidedly sporty instrument panel in the 2015 Legacy, highlighted by
two binocular-style gauge pods with a center LCD information display -- 3.5-in. on cars
without the EyeSight driver-assist system and 5-in. on EyeSight cars. In all models, an
ECO gauge indicates and promotes fuel-efficient driving habits using color bars. The
Premium and Limited-trims feature gauges with elegant blue ring illumination.
Accentuating the passenger cabin’s increased room, the 2015 Legacy’s new interior
design highlights horizontal themes. A combination of new soft-touch materials, thicker
cushioning for armrests and the center console and new trim styles give the Legacy a
more premium feel.
The heater control panel integrates the digital clock and outside air temperature
displays, with the time automatically corrected by GPS in navigation-equipped models. A
new one-touch lane changer function for the turn signals adds convenience. Legacy
Premium and Limited trim levels come equipped with standard auto up/down driver and
front passenger windows with pinch protection.
The Legacy 2.5i Premium delivers impressive comfort with a 10-way power driver’s seat
(with power lumbar support adjustment); dual-zone automatic climate control; the AllWeather Package (three-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a
windshield wiper de-icer); upgraded infotainment system; an air filtration system; leatherwrapped steering wheel, fog lights and more.
The Limited trim line models offer the highest level of luxury ever in a Legacy, including
standard perforated leather upholstery; two-position memory for the 10-way power
driver’s seat; a 4-way power front passenger seat; three-mode heated front seats (also
standard for Premium) and dual-mode heated rear seats; rear seat air conditioning vents
and a high-end surround sound audio system with 12 harman/kardon® speakers.
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New Infotainment
Subaru significantly upgraded infotainment capability in the 2015 Legacy. A new
standard 6.2 Infotainment System in the Legacy 2.5i provides AM/FM stereo and HD
Radio®; Radio Data Broadcast System; single-disc in-dash CD player; 6.2-in. multifunction touch screen display with single-touch gesture control; Subaru STARLINK
smartphone integration with Aha™ Infotainment, Pandora® and iHeart® Radio; a rear
vision camera; Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming; iPod®
control capability, USB port and aux. input jack.
The Upgraded Infotainment System for the Legacy 2.5i Premium adds a 6-speaker
audio system; 7-inch touch screen display with multi-touch control that offers swipe and
scrolling gesture control; voice-activated controls; SiriusXM® satellite radio (subscription
required); a vehicle information display; SMS text messaging, iTunes® tagging capability
and dual USB ports.
A new standard high-end audio system for Limited trims combines an AM/FM/HD Radio
system with a harman/kardon® upgraded 576-Watt-equivalent GreenEdge amplifier. The
system’s 12 harman/kardon speakers include a front center speaker and a rear
subwoofer. GreenEdge technology provides increased audio performance and amplifier
efficiency while consuming less power and reducing heat dissipation.
The available navigation system’s interactive voice command system accepts natural
language and phrases, and this functionality can also operate the dual-zone automatic
climate control system.
The center console armrest provides a storage area that can hold an iPad®. A covered
and illuminated storage bin at the front of the console incorporates a USB port, 3.5mm
AUX jack and a 12v power port. Models with high-grade audio or navigation feature two
USB ports, making it possible to listen to music and charge two connected devices.
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
All 2015 Legacy models are equipped with a newly refined version of the Active Torque
Split version of Symmetrical AWD. An electronically managed continuously variable
transfer clutch actively controls torque distribution in response to driving conditions and
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wheel slippage. The system can send additional torque to the rear wheels either proactively or in response to slippage at the front wheels. Taking input from acceleration,
steering angle and yaw rate sensors, Active Torque Split AWD optimizes traction and
steering response when accelerating through turns and curves, particularly when the
road surface is slippery.
Subaru produces a full line of all-wheel drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, along with
the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of
Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more
than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in
zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S.
automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National
Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.
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