As promised, Subaru revealed an all-new model at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in form of the Levorg sports tourer concept. Going into production in 2014, the car gets its name from a combination of the words ‘Legacy’, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Touring’. They say it is the first tourer car that delivers the feel of a sports car.
Now that sounds like a big leap, especially as the car is a rather sizable thing, and it only has a 1.6-litre horizontally-opposed direct injection turbo (DIT) Boxer engine, which produces 168bhp and 184 lb ft torque.
This all-new engine will be used in a wide variety of Subaru models in near future, offering decent power, smooth performance, and great environmental efficiency. Subaru Levorg can also take the more familiar 2.0-litre DIT Boxer engine with 296bhp and 295 lb ft torque. Both new engines are mated to Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT, and naturally hooked up to Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
In the Levrog the AWD system is backed by sport-tuned suspension, electric power steering, and more importantly, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and Active Torque Vectoring.
Besides all the sporty bits, the Levorg previews new safety technology destined for future Subaru models, including Hazard Avoidance Assist, which provides steering assistance if the system anticipates a collision, and Pre-Collision Reverse Throttle Management, which restricts engine output if the car detects sharp and unexpected acceleration while in reverse. It also gets an updated version of Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system.
Because the Levrog is only a concept at this stage, Subaru didn’t bother announcing any performance, economy and practicality numbers. They will be revealed closer to launch in Spring 2014.