Updated Subaru Levorg estate set to hit Japanese market late next year, with worldwide launch due soon after
Subaru has revealed the next-generation Levorg estate at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, which will go on sale in Japan in the second half of next year before being made available in other global markets thereafter.
Unveiled in prototype form, the design of the new Levorg on show in Tokyo is essentially complete. It’s a sportier, bolder evolution of the firm’s current design language employed on the latest Impreza and XV models. No exterior dimensions have been revealed for the Levorg, but it is known to sit on the same platform as those cars.
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The Subaru Levorg gets a new powertrain, foregoing the 2.0-litre flat-four used elsewhere in the maker’s line-up in favour of a newly developed 1.8-litre Boxer engine. Precise figures and specifications for the new engine have not been confirmed, but Subaru claims that the powertrain majors on lean-burn technology to deliver improved fuel economy.
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Whether this means the engine has been developed with new combustion technology like Mazda’s Spark Controlled Compression Ignition system used in the latest Mazda 3 remains to be seen.
The new Levorg also boasts plenty in the way of fresh safety and driver assistance technology. It’s equipped with the latest version of Subaru’s EyeSight system, featuring a new camera with a wider viewing angle, and four radars to monitor the road ahead, enabling semi-autonomous driving assistance and safety features such as automatic emergency braking.
Fresh connected services are added, also focussing on safety. Called Advanced Automatic Collision Notification, this new feature automatically sends an alert to emergency services if the vehicle is involved in a collision.
Subaru has not revealed the new Levorg’s interior just yet, but promises that the vehicle’s infotainment system will be an upgrade on those found in the Impreza and XV thanks to a new, high-definition sat-nav system with ultra precise GPS tracking. The system works with EyeSight to enable braking for corners when cruise control is being used. It will also enable hands-free driving in stop-start traffic.
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