Subaru has announced it will reveal a slightly revamped 2018 Legacy at next week’s Chicago Auto Show. The 2018 Legacy changes are similar to those recently announced for the 2018 WRX and STI in terms of breadth as Subaru attempts to polish their products to remain competitive.
The Legacy is one of only three sedans in the midsize segment that managed a sales increase last year, following the trend of the Subaru brand as a whole. Naturally, Subaru is taking steps with the 2018 model to keep it in line with the rest of the Subaru brand and competitive with fierce competition across.
The changes start with a refreshed exterior design. Subaru has essentially updated all of the soft-points on the Legacy front clip, such as new headlights and a trapezoidal grille. The new design elements bring the Legacy more in line with the rest of the Subaru family look, spearheaded by the 2017 Impreza last year.
Subaru is also focusing fairly heavily on upping the refinement level of the Legacy for 2018, a trend also noted on the company’s updates to the WRX. For 2018 the Legacy is getting laminated front side glass, additional insulation and redesigned exterior mirrors. All of these efforts are an attempt to reduce road and wind noise.
Refinement efforts have also taken place under the hood, despite the engines being carryover. Subaru says the continuously variable transmissions has been revamped with a short-chain unit that will reduce noise. Subaru has also adjusted the timing on its engines to reduce noise under acceleration.
Legacy buyers will still opt between the 2.5-liter boxer engine with 175 horsepower in the Legacy 2.5i or the 256 horsepower 3.6-liter boxer engine in the Legacy 3.6R.
Inside the Legacy has also gone to finishing school. Subaru says they’ve added rear stitching to the dash, seats and door panels on Premium and up models. The new trim is found on a redesigned center console that features a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy will make its formal debut in Chicago next week and go on sale later this summer.